Ricky A. Mason Jr., 38, of Pittsville, passed away July 5, 2021, while surrounded by family and in the arms of his parents. He was born February 27, 1983, in Marshfield, to Rick and Pam (Otto) Mason.
The Celebration of Life for Ricky will be held from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, at the Lions Park in Pittsville.
Ricky was a student of the Pittsville school district.
In his younger years, Ricky enjoyed fishing, riding dirt bikes, four wheelers, snowmobiles and raising a lot heck with his best friend and partner in crime, Jarrod. The two were inseparable, where one went you would find the other. Some type of mischief was always being achieved. They shared many laughs and created many good memories together.
Ricky enjoyed going on many outings with his Dad, who taught him the trade of “wheeling and dealing” which he caught onto fast and did very well, almost better than his dad himself could do.
One of Ricky’s favorite things to do was to surprise his Mom with gifts. He was always looking for something to buy her. He was certainly a giver. She was not only his caregiver, but his best friend. He enjoyed picking on her and scaring her. Getting a reaction out of her was the highlight of his day.
Ricky was always up for a road trip, whether it be to his Godmother Diane's house anytime of the day or night, or an adventure to his special friend “Jake Break’s” house. He and Jake Break would put their heads together and the two would come up with some great ideas.
Any time Ricky could spend with his nieces and nephews always made his day extra special. He was a very proud Uncle. He would pull out his wallet and show off their pictures. His nephew, Trevor, was his Godson and held an extra special place in his heart, he loved to spoil him just a little more than the others.
Spending time with his brother-in-law, Bill, always put a smile on his face. At one point, Ricky got an idea to buy a pontoon, he found one and made it his. That quickly became a favorite past time of his, with Bill as the captain of his boat. When things would go wrong with something he would pick up the phone and call Bill to see if he could come take a look or simply just to ask what he thought. Ricky may not have been able to fix things himself but with the use of someone else’s hands, his knowledge of things could get it done.
Growing up being the big brother to his only sister, Shannon, came with a lot of responsibility and a bond that could never be broke. If you could ask Ricky he would probably say there were more headaches that came with that big brother title as well, a job he didn’t ask for but excelled at in every way possible. The two were each other’s protectors and best friends.
Ricky had a black lab, Cooper - he was his side kick. If Ricky was having a bad day, Cooper was right there at his feet. He could always tell when he was needed most. He was Ricky’s pride and joy.
At one point, Ricky decided to take up DJ-ing and Karaoke, he enjoyed the time out while making lifelong friendships.
If anyone was ever in need, Ricky was always the first one there to offer help in anyway he could.
He loved buying all sorts of big toys and watching others enjoy using them after he would come up with different ways to have them customized to his liking. Always full of ideas and usually he was able to make them into reality and some sort of new adventure. He leaves behind a lot of memories, some can be seen in his favorite bars he used to hang out at, on the floors where he decided to “burn some rubber” and left his tire marks embedded into their floors. Never a dull moment with him, always a smile on his face. Rickys big heart and outgoing personality is one that will never be replaced or forgotten but will forever be missed.
If there was a motto for Ricky it would be: “Tell me I can’t, so I can show you I can!”
Ricky is survived by his parents, Rick and Pam Mason of Pittsville; a very special sister, Shannon (Bill) Millard of Pittsville; a brother, Jeffrey (Joanna) Mason of Colorado; nieces and nephews, Angel, Trevor, Connor, Paislee, Jacinda and Jillian; an aunt, Diane Foley of Warrens; an uncle, Steve (Sandy) Mason of Monroe; and several cousins.
Ricky is preceded in death by his grandfather, Francis Otto; his very special grandmother, Helen Otto; his Papa Lowell Mason; grandma Carolyn; Godfather, Roger Otto; uncle Mick; aunts, Peg and Elaine; along with a few other relatives and special friends.
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