Charles McCloud Masson, 1924–2022
Charles McCloud Masson passed away peacefully at the age of 98 in his Kenwood home on Aug. 23, with his beloved dog, Carlos, and caregiver, Joseph, by his side.
Charles, known to all as “Charlie,” was born on Valentine’s Day in 1924 to Harriet and James Masson. He was a fourth-generation Californian, a descendent of pioneers who traveled to California by wagon train from Iowa in 1859. His maternal grandparents lived on a ranch in Vacaville, which eventually became the famous Nut Tree roadside stop. He loved to visit there as a child, and as an adult enjoyed many Thanksgiving gatherings there with his large family.
Charlie took great pride and honor from his service as an Army Scout in Bataan in the Philippines during WWII. His front-line stories about climbing mountains to observe enemy positions were riveting, told with humor and grace. His WWII cap often prompted sidewalk encounters with people who thanked him for his service. He was extremely proud to be recognized and honored at the 75th anniversary of D-Day, held in Normandy, France, in 2019.
Charlie and his daughter, Page, often would raise the flag together in the morning and then lower it at dusk. He also taught her how to properly fold the flag.
Charlie had a successful career as a surveyor and construction manager at PG& E and retired after 40 years of service.
Charlie and his wife, Page, started building their Kenwood dream home near Chateau St. Jean in 1960, where they raised their children. Charlie and Page became the parents of twins they named Charles Stanley and Page Harriet, born in 1963. Charlie lived in Kenwood for 59 years. His son Charlie passed in 1986, and his amazing wife Page passed in 2014.
The family were avid animal lovers. They had many animals. Charlie and Page were faithful supporters of Pets Lifeline. In 1987, they founded the original volunteer support group and thrift shop. Throughout their lives, they spearheaded many projects supporting Pets Lifeline.
Charlie and Page were also avid supporters of the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, where Page was recognized as Sonoma Valley Volunteer of the Year.
Charlie loved to play horseshoes and was an avid competitor. He played in tournaments and won first place several times. Another sport he enjoyed watching was baseball, and he was an avid San Francisco Giants fan.
Among those who survive him are his 101-year-old brother James; beloved daughter Page Harriet Irwin; grandchildren, Brandon and Charles Irwin; great-grandchildren Anabelle, Everett, and Bronson Irwin.
A celebration of his life will be hosted in the future. Contributions in his memory may be made to Pets Lifeline.