James N. Mason Jr., 84, of Windsor, Conn., died June 28.
Mason served in the U.S. Army for four years, where he used journalism skills, which he learned at a school newspaper, during his assignment as the 8th Infantry Division’s public information officer in Bad Kreuznach, Germany.
During his 12-year journalism career, Mason was employed at the former Wallingford (Conn.) Press, the then-Springfield (Mass.) Union, and the former Hartford (Conn.) Times. Mason covered the civil rights movement and urban issues in the 1960s for the Hartford and Springfield newspapers. He later became business editor at the Hartford Times, where he also had covered labor-management relations.
In 1971, Mason began his second career in public relations and civic affairs at The Connecticut General Life Insurance company in Bloomfield, Conn.
He leaves his wife, Marsha; three daughters, Elizabeth, Jessica and Peri; four grandchildren; a brother; his former wife, Nancy.
The obituaries were written, at least in part, from published reports by Bulletin correspondent Nimra Aziz, an undergraduate student in the Northeastern University School of Journalism.