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Claiborne “Clay” Mason

Claiborne “Clay” Mason, age 78, of Middletown, DE, passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, from complications due to COVID-19.

Born in Woodbury, NJ, he was the son of Andrew C. and Sarah Louise (Vaughn) Mason. He graduated from Penns Grove High School in Penns Grove, NJ, and Trenton State College, now known as The College of New Jersey.

Clay was a printing and industrial arts teacher at Pennsville Memorial High School, where he also coached basketball and softball. He had an easy rapport with his students, and will be remembered for his quick wit and light-hearted chiding.  Most recently, he owned and operated Eagle Graphics Printing and enjoyed working, until he contracted COVID-19.

Clay was a proud and loving father and Pop-Pop. Time spent with family was important to Clay, and he never missed a Thanksgiving dinner with all who gathered at his brother Neal’s table. A Canadian fishing trip with Neal was a tradition for several years. Philadelphia sports, especially the Eagles, was Clay’s passion. He also enjoyed trips to South Bend, IN, to watch Notre Dame football games a few times a year.

Clay is survived by his son, Brian (Shannan) of O’Fallon, IL; grandsons, Elliot, August and Quintin; brother, Neal Mason (Dot); and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Ann Mason; parents, Andrew and Louise Mason; and son, Bruce Mason.

There will be no services at this time.

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or to the SPCA of your choice.


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20 Condolences for Claiborne “Clay” Mason

  • Brian, Neal and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Clay. He had a huge personality and a great sense of humor. He will be missed by anyone who ever got the pleasure to know him. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Brian,
    I knew your dad first as my teacher and as coach to our softball team. I loved his sarcasm and humor.
    I was always happy to see him in later years at family gatherings.
    I am so very sorry for your loss. ❤️

  • Please accept my prayers and condolences at this very difficult time.

  • To say I was shocked would be an understatement. Bonnie and I built our house next to Clay and Maryann in 1997. We couldn’t ask for better neighbors. We just built a pole barn garage and wanted to ask Clay to come over for the tour. I didn’t see him outside mowing his lawn to ask him over a 2 week time and thought that was strange – we didn’t know he was sick. RIP Clay – I enjoyed our trip to Notre Dame and will always remember how great of a time that it was.

  • Rest In Peace Clay. You had a positive influence in the lives of many students and people. Thank you

  • My condolences to the Mason family,well liked teacher and stand up man!
    RIP Clay

  • Dot and Neal,
    I am so very sorry to hear about Clay’s death. My sincere condolences. May God keep you all in his comforting arms. You are in my prayers.

  • He never hesitated to tell you what he thought. I could be wrong but the first time fishing in Canada was with our family and his in the mid 70’s He and my father could talk hours about fish 🐟

  • All my sympathies upon Clay’s passing. What a terrible loss. Clay and I were friends and brothers in our graphic interests and while I only spoke to him a half dozen times he will be in my memory until we print together with the angels. So sorry for your loss and the passing of such a great man.

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Clay’s passing. My prayers and condolences to the family. I loved his tell it like it is approach no beating around the bush. And he had great humor.I’m glad I got to know him through the years thru facebook He will be missed. RIP Clay

  • Brian, heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your father. Actually played softball as a sub with him (Brad Cox, Jack Ware, others) on the church’s fast pitch team. He was a very astute, competitive player on a very rewarding team. I wish you blessings in the memories. Jim G

  • My thoughts and prayers are out to the Mason Family he was a great friend to a lot of people and will be missed by all that knew him.

  • RIP Clay. Condolences, thoughts and prayers to the entire family. Will always remember Clay’s sense of humor. Many memories going back to my high school days and beyond.

  • So sorry. I always enjoyed talking to Clay about Notre Dame and Bama football whenever he stopped in the shop🙏🙏🙏

  • God rest his soul and cause he sent Jesus and Mr. Mason! Grace B with us all through the Body of Jesus Christ! Both Jesus and Clay touched us all and we all R better people because of it❗️Thank U Jesus❗️🙏🏼

  • Brian, Neal and Family,
    I had the privilege of knowing Clay by visiting him frequently at his shop in the Farmers Mkt. Even when he was busy, he would take time to share his numerous stories of his trips to ND football games with me and listen to my stories of my family’s very close ties to ND. I’ve always felt that the measure of a man is if one can say that he is a better person for knowing him. I am a better person for being so very fortunate to know him. May he Rest In Peace.

  • It was with great sorrow that I found out about coaches passing today. Clay was a great Inspiration to many more athletes from our high school. I found out coach owned the printing business in my hometown and used his services for my company. Prayers to his family he will be missed by many he has known. Rest In Peace Coach. Big Mark

  • I will miss him clay a nice man

  • I was unaware Clay had passed. We shared many good times at family events, with Maryanne, my first cousin. I fondly remember visits in Sandbridge, Virginia, in the early 80s. Clay was a good cousin-in-law.

  • My condolences to Clay’s family . June 1960 – Trenton State College – met Clay playing first basel during the summer session. He said I was the worst first baseman he’d ever seen, but I could run bases. He was my first serious boyfriend. Clay was a wit and nice guy back then and apparently never changed.