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Granville C. Mason

Mr. Mason's life was celebrated by friends and family on May 10, 2024, at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City. He will be interred at Calverton National Cemetery in Wading River, NY, on Monday, May 13, 2024.


Granville Charles Mason was born in New York City on June 23, 1924, to the late Theophilus and Ula Mason. He and his sister, Cynthia Alexander (deceased), were raised in the Harlem community and educated in the public school system. Mr. Mason, affectionately known as "Meathead" to his friends, attended Bronx High School of Science before enrolling in The City College of New York to study electrical engineering. He then served in the Army during World War II as an engineer. Specifically, Mr. Mason was a gvn sergeant who engaged in building a Northfield airstrip in Guam, referred to as PUCK. In l946,he earned an honorable discharge for his Military service.

Shortly thereafter, Mr. Mason married his childhood sweetheart Mattie S. Davis (deceased). Mr. and Mrs. Mason were married at The Abyssinian Baptist Church by the late Adam Clayton Powell Jr. on October 31, 1948. The couple had two children, Steven Charles (deceased) and Pamela Denise.

In his spare time, Mr. Mason enjoyed working on crossword puzzles, making sure he always had a thesaurus and dictionary handy for complex concepts. A true Dapper Dan, he was also an avid reader who loved watching sports and the History and

Discovery channels, as well as listening to Jazz music. Most of all, waking up his family in the middle of the night to taste his salmon croquettes, shrimp, or Bahamian-style conch fritters, was his very favorite thing to do.

Mr. Mason was employed by the United States Postal Service for seventeen years as a mall carrier before becoming an entrepreneur of three businesses. Although a complex and quiet man, he had a

heart of gold, a big personality and lived life on his own terms. He loved his family deeply, especially his only granddaughter, Tamieka. She was his bright spot, and he was her PAPA.

If Mr. Mason considered you a friend, he was loyal to the very end. Through thick or thin, you could always depend on him. This was evident in one of his businesses located in the Bronx, "Boutique Extraordinaire." Mr. Mason generously gave away clothing items to friends and family; and in his Harlem Toy Store, he supported the needs of under-privileged families on Christmas Eve by opening the store at midnight so parents could select gifts for their children-free of charge.

Mr. Mason lived a long life before taking 1ll in 2014. Although generous and cantankerous at times, he was well loved and will be deeply missed by his friends and family' He leaves to cherish his memory Pamela D. Mason(daughter) and Granville Mason, Jr., (son); Jamel Clark, Tamieka L. Rodriguez, Khalif and Ismeal Mason (grandchildren); Lanota, Nyla, Giovanni and Navy (great-grandchildren), and a host of family in Nassau, Bahamas, and friends.

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