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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Cornelia Mason

Cornelia Gaylord Mason

January 22, 2019
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Cornelia Gaylord (Camp) Mason, 75, died on January 22, 2019 at Hartford Hospital after a short battle with brain cancer. She was the beloved wife of Nicholas B. Mason for 28 years and the daughter of Merwin Gaylord Camp and Elizabeth Covington (Campbell) Camp of Middlebury, CT. Connie was born on May 11, 1943 in Waterbury, CT and grew up on Breakneck Hill in Middlebury, CT. She was a proud life long member of the Middlebury Swimming Club and owner of one of the early plywood kit Sailfish class sailboats produced by Alcort (USA) during the 1950’s.

Connie graduated from St. Margaret’s School in Waterbury, CT in 1961, Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA in 1963 and Katherine Gibbs School in Boston, MA. During her early working career, she was employed by the Massachusetts Title Insurance Co., Waterbury Savings Bank and the Hartford Insurance Group. She had outstanding sales related positions with the Kimberly-Clark Corp., Mead Johnson & Company, William Raveis Real Estate, Deaconess Home Health Care, and ASAP, Inc.

Connie was very generous with her time, volunteering actively with a number of non-profit organizations including the St. Andrews Society of the Eastern Shore in Easton, MD, the St. Margaret’s-McTernan School Alumnae/i Association, the Simsbury Light Opera Company (SLOCO), and the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce. She moved to Simsbury in 1983. With the Simsbury Light Opera Co., she was a board member for six years, Vice President for 3 years and President for 3 years. She was Treasurer of the SLOCO building committee that raised $250,000 for the company’s set construction/rehearsal building, Basingstoke. However, her real talent (self taught) was backstage as Chair of the Make Up Committee. With the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce, she was board member, President for two years and an Emeritus Director. She was Chair for the Chamber’s annual fundraising event “SeptemberFest” for several years. Connie had the rare talent of getting a diverse group of unrelated people “working together to produce a superior product”. She demanded the “best” of both herself and those she worked with.

Connie was an active exercise enthusiast, regularly recording 10,000+ steps per day on her Fitbit tracker. She was particularly proud of winning her age division (70+) in the Simsbury-Granby Rotary Club River Run 5K road race on Iron Horse Boulevard in Simsbury on several occasions.

Connie is survived by her husband, Nicholas B. Mason of Simsbury, CT and two step children from her first marriage, Christina Ann Moore of Columbia, MD and Bryant Moore Clearwater of Paonia, CO and many cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and two sisters, Julia and Betsey Camp.

Calling hours will be held at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070 on February 8, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 689 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070 on February 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of Connie’s favorite charities: The Simsbury Light Opera Company, Box 323, Simsbury, CT 06070, the Simsbury Land Trust, 800 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070, or the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106.

Burial will take place at the convenience of the family at the Middlebury Cemetery Association in the spring. The Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070 is in charge of the arrangements. Please visit our website, www.vincentfuneralhome.com , to view Mrs. Mason’s “Book of Memories”, a permanent remembrance where friends and family may leave condolences, share stories and photos and light candles in her memory.
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  • Visitation

    February 8, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    February 8, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Vincent Funeral Home - Simsbury
    Address
    880 Hopmeadow Street
    Simsbury, CT 06070
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  • Service

    February 9, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    February 9, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    First Church of Christ, Simsbury
    Address
    689 Hopmeadow Street
    Simsbury, CT 06070
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    Officiant
    Rev. George Harris

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Beverly Marrone Mosch, SMS Class of '61

Posted at 10:06am
Dear Nick and family,

News of Connie's passing has circulated among her classmates and brought many of us together again. I hope the strong arms of her wide circle of friends will bring you comfort. Thank you for posting such a wonderful photo - it's classic Connie and leaves us all smiling too.

Thinking of you,
Bev

LH

Louellen Wasson Hall

Posted at 06:35pm
Connie was a dear member of our St. Margaret's Class of 1961. All of us recall the "What So Evers" on the ceiling in the Study Hall/Chapel. For me, this is an appropriate time to repeat them, as they reflect on the rich life Connie lead. "Whatever is true, Whatever is noble, Whatever is right, Whatever is pure, Whatever is lovely, Whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things...." Philippians 4:4-9

JH

Jane Croft (and I'm sure DK in Heaven)

Posted at 04:25am
Such a sad end to a gifted life of a glowing personality; a smile that never ended. My condolences go out to Nick and know that he and Connie have a multitude of Sloco friends that will help ease his pain. Connie's light will never go out....She touched so many in all she accomplished, and I for one am a beneficiary of her past contributions for the love of Sloco and it's ongoing traditions! RIP Connie
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