Richard Clarke Mason VIII of Middletown, VA was received home on May 16, 2022 at the age of 62 after a courageous battle with Cancer, surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor his legacy by living their lives to the fullest. Just like he dealt all experiences in life, Rick managed his illness with strength and grace and wanted to spend as much time with loved ones as possible.
Rick was born in Baltimore, MD on December 15, 1959 to Richard Clarke Mason VII and Elizabeth Eileen Mason and relocated to Winchester as a teenager. Rick played Varsity football, ran track, wrestled and played baseball for James Wood High School. Rick loved his family, building houses, and football; which he played from the age of 5 and through his time at Shepherd College. After college, Rick continued in his father’s footsteps in the construction industry, beginning and ending his career with the 84 Lumber Company.
One of Rick’s biggest life accomplishments and joys was being a father, and then a grandfather and he gave unconditional love. He had a servant’s heart for anyone that needed help and wasn’t afraid to offer it to them without hesitation. If there was a place on Earth close to heaven for Rick, it was boating on the Chesapeake Bay on a beautiful sunny day. We wish you smooth sailing, Captain Rick.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his daughter Brandi and husband Mike Cowden along with his grandchildren Madison, Payton and Mason Cowden of Stephen’s City, VA, his sisters Deborah D’Domenicus and Pamela Bennett (Cliff), nephews PJ D’Domenicus (Amy) and Anthony D’Domenicus and many, many friends whom he saw as family.
The family will receive friends on Thursday evening, May 19, 2022, from 6:00 pm-8:00pm, at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel.
A celebration of Richard’s life and the love will be held on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:00 am at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, Richard has requested that donations be made in his honor to the
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