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MASON – Bernard (Bernie) Michael

March 15, 1920 – March 28, 2010

Bernie Mason of Calgary passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2010 at the age of 90 years.

Bernie was born into a large farm family just outside of Strathmore, AB. He left home at an early age and attended SAIT to become a heavy duty mechanic. In his spare time, he became an accomplished figure skater, spending many hours at the Glencoe Club. War took him to Europe to serve in the Canadian Army and he returned to Canada with a new wife in hand. He spent many years as a mechanic, however in the 60’s found his true passion in cross country skiing, eventually opening Nordic Ski and Sports. He was one of the pioneers of cross country skiing in Alberta, helping many people to not only get the proper equipment but spending the time to coach them on their technique. He was honoured as a lifetime member of Foothills Nordic Ski Club and spent many years skiing in his beloved mountains. During his later years, Bernie spent numerous hours volunteering at Pioneer Acres in Irricana, using his expertise to fix the old engines and share some of his knowledge with others. The annual event at Pioneer Acres, with the school children, was always a day that he looked forward to and he was very excited for this year’s event. Dad was a devoted husband and father, ensuring that his kids got to experience many activities including camping, water-skiing and snow skiing.

Dad leaves Willy (Wilhelmina deWeerd) his wife of almost sixty-four years; sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Danna of Calgary and Ron and Glenda of Red Deer; daughter and son-in-law Marg and Bruce Sorge of Calgary; and his grandchildren. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Mildred and Michael Mason; his brother Gerald and half brother Ken Mark.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Bernie Mason, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Glenna Mitzner :

    So Sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Bernard, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of grief. Love Glenna, Ryan, Sarah, Kyle and Sienna

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  2. My thoughts are with Bernie and his family.
    I still have a pair of BONNA skiis and bamboo poles bought from Bernie a long time ago. No hard edges. But they never broke. The skiis were expensive. $ 22.00 if memory is right.
    Had many great trips with those skiis.
    Jack

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  3. Sylvia Carleton :

    Dear Mason family!

    I have so many great memories from all the years I have known Bernie. I borrowed a pair of touring skies from him in 1968, when I joined FNSC and later bought those great Sigmund Rud wooden skis.
    All my love!
    Sylvia

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  4. Julie and Gerhard :

    Sincere sympathy to you Larry on the passing of
    your father.
    He contributed so much and was a real pioneer
    in cross country skiing.

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  5. Willy, Larry and family
    May peace be with you and your family at this time in the loss of your husband and father, Bernie. He will be missed by all who knew him.

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  6. Donna Snyder :

    Willy and Family – My deepest sympathy to you. Bernie was so much a part of Pioneer Acres he’ll be sadly missed. You just never knew where he might pop out from and he always had the most interesting stories. Let the memories help you in your grief.
    Donna Snyder

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  7. Dave and Donna Stevenson :

    To Willy and all of Bernie’s family –

    Please accept our sympathy. We are glad we had the opportunity to meet Bernie during the last couple of years with the joining of our families through Monica and Andrew.

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  8. Monique Rigole :

    What a privilege it was to be helped by Bernie in the ski shop. He always took his time to make sure everything was perfect for the customer and, they waited their turn patiently, packing the small shop to the door. He was an avid cross country skier, when it was not yet trendy, and his enthusiasm was contagious. I met him 5 days after arriving in Canada in 1976, to rent a pair of wooden Bla-skies. I had never cross country skied before, but after the trip I was hooked on Canada!
    Thank you Bernie, your memory lives on, on the many trails in the Rockies. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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  9. Maureen,Ed and Shawn Walsh :

    Our condolences go out to Aunt Willy and family on the passing of Uncle Bernard. It was great to see him on our last trip to Calgary and letting him share some engine stories with us. He will be dearly missed.

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  10. Gene and Doreen Mason :

    Condolences to Willy and family from bother Gene and Doreen .

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  11. To Bernie’s family and friends,
    I first met Bernie in 1969 in Calgary. He was selling cross country skis out of his basement at that time. I bought a pair of Bonna 2400s and a pair of Kikut boots. I taught myself to ski on a golf course near my home and now I live in Littleton Colorado where my wife and I have continued to cross country ski for the last 40 years.
    I would like to give Bernie credit for introducing us to a sport that gives us great pleasure and provides a tremendous physical workout.
    I imagine a picture of Bernie striding along effortlessly with the right wax, somewhere in Nirvana. Thanks, Bernie. Our condolences to the family.
    Bud Ervin

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  12. Calin and Ethel Lumby and family :

    Rather belatedly we should like to add our condolences to the family remaining after the passing of a legend. Bernie fostered a love of Nordic skiing in countless Calgarians. Many school children and families will forever be in his debt. Like Jackrabbit before him Bernie inspired us to always ski for the love of the sport.

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