Paul Joseph Mason, formerly of Irvington, NJ died peacefully on August 10, 2012 at 1:30pm at the age of 91. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Good Shepherd RC Church, 954 Stuyvesant Ave., Irvington, on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 10:30 am. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover. Friends may visit Bradley, Haeberle & Barth Funeral Home, 1100 Pine Ave., Union from 9:00 am – 10:00am prior to Mass on Monday.
Born in Memphis, TN on March 15, 1921, Paul was one of eleven children.Paul Mason entered the US Navy in 1942, served for 4 years, and was honorably discharged with Radar Rate classification in 1946. The highlight of his tour of duty in the Navy was Petty Office, where based on his actions, he saved the lives of many of his shipmates that day. On watch duty, he spotted a German sub off of North Carolina and sent out the alarm. His shipmate Bill Grieco sent out the fox gear, a large magnet and the torpedo hit it which saved the lives of 400 men. The men who called Paul “Eagle Eyes”, always felt safe on his watch. For his actions, he received letters of commendation from both the Secretary of the Navy and President Harry S. Truman.
Upon his return home he met and married his wife, and settled in Irvington, NJ where he worked for the American Can Company for over 35 years. Throughout his life, he was a well accomplished softball player. While in the Navy he played in places such as Hawaii, Brazil and Guam, making several All Star teams. He also played in many NJ industrial softball leagues and was inducted into the Metro Newark Softball Hall of Fame in 1993. He once played against the famed King and His Court, and is one of the few people to ever get a hit off this pitcher
He was the beloved husband of the late Madlyn Mason. He is survived by his dear brother-in-law, Walter Battiato. He was a beloved son, husband and brother, and uncle to many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. To anyone that knew him, Paul was a very likeable person. The family will all miss you. Love Sonny.