Paul A. Mason, 97, of Searsport died May 18, 2018, after a brief illness. He was born April 24, 1921, in Millinocket, the second son of four children born to Edwin and Mary Adams Mason. He grew up in Washburn where he proudly became an Eagle Scout. Paul was president of his senior class in high school. He also was president of his senior class at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1942, where he was a member of Rho Chi Honor Society.

After graduation Paul enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became a bomber pilot, a B17 pilot-instructor and ultimately a B-29 pilot, seeing action in the Pacific theater. He was part of the “Last Mission” of WW ll, and was part of the air armada which flew over Tokyo Bay while the Japanese surrendered below.

Paul married Doris (Dottie) Rivett Oct. 11, 1944, and they lived very happily for 54 years until Dottie died unexpectedly in 1997.

After his discharge from the army he went to work for Eli Lilly and Co. as a pharmaceutical salesman, district manager and retired as a regional manager of New England at which time he returned to Maine.

After retiring Paul and Dottie traveled extensively by motor home throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia. They spent more than 20 winters in Florida, where Paul continued to winter until this past year.

Paul is survived by his son, Paul Jr. and wife Toby, of Stockton Springs and Paul Jr.'s children: Celina Sands, Tanya DuFore, Paul III, Johanna Stone and Adam; his son, Peter and wife Margo of Searsport and their children: Peter Jr., Jennifer Durham, and Todd; his son, John, of Bethel, Tracy, and their daughter Cassandra Szeliga; as well as many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He left behind many close friends at Miami Everglades Campground.

In addition to his parent he was predeceased by three siblings, Edwin (Ted), Ruth and John (Pete).

A funeral mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Belfast on Saturday, June 23, at 11 a.m. A gathering will be held in the parish hall following the Mass.

Arrangements are under the care of Young Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Searsport.