Steve Masone

Jul 05, 2017
Steve Masone

Camden — Steve Masone passed away peacefully July 3, 2017, at Sussman House in Rockport.

He was born in Bronx, N.Y., Jan. 10, 1924. He was the fifth of eight children born to John and Rose Masone. Pearl Harbor occurred during his junior year of high school, at which time he wanted to enlist. He was frustrated in this for want of a parental signature. He finished high school and enlisted in the Navy in December 1942. He went to boot camp and navigation school and spent most of World War II aboard mine sweepers.

At war’s end he maintained his status in the Naval Reserve for 43 years. He attended Fordham University on the GI Bill, majoring in physics and math, planning to teach the sciences. Steve enjoyed work as an industrial engineer for five years, but was fond of saying, “the chalk and blackboard always beckoned.” Despite being certified as an administrator, he elected to remain in the classroom to teach physics, chemistry, math and the earth sciences. He taught all grades, up to and including college, enjoying all of them.

The Korean Conflict happened as he completed 10 years in enlisted status. He tested and qualified for a commission and ultimately qualified for a tour as commanding officer. Steve’s background in mine warfare, combined with his sciences, led him into his final military career in oceanographic research doing top-secret work in sound propagation. He retired at the rank of commander.

Steve reveled at the ever-expanding horizons in the sciences, yet he proved to be a rogue teacher, objecting to what he viewed as the increasing deterioration of our educational process. In his 20th year of teaching, just as he was preparing to retire, he was given an order that he could prove mathematically would do harm to the students. Risking job, pension and reputation, he refused to obey orders, whereupon he was suspended. The ensuing court action lasted three years, at high personal expense. The decision by the State Commissioner of Education not only exonerated him totally, but netted him a 25 percent salary increase. His case brought about nationwide improvement in education. He continued to teach for another 12 years. One of his treasures is a packet of correspondence from well-wishers, many of whom were former students he remained in contact with.

In retirement, Steve served as captain of two historic square-riggers, one of which participated in the OpSail commemoration of the Statue of Liberty in 1986. He closed his nautical life on doctor’s orders at age 90.

Living in Camden since 1991, Steve loved Maine, especially native Mainers, and special thanks to all who made his life pleasant and comfortable.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Susan, whom he called “my amazing lady”; three children from an earlier marriage, Linda Masone Wilder and her husband, Charlie, of Birmingham, Ala., James Masone and his partner, Charles Collins, of Atlanta, and Birmingham, Ala., and Steve Masone of Columbia, S.C.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St., Camden. If desired, memorial gifts may be made to Sussman House, c/o Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation, 6 White St., Rockland, ME 04841. Condolences and memories may be shared with the Masone family at

Comments (1)
Posted by: Norman D Carver | Jul 09, 2017 10:08

I never met  Mr. Masone but from what I read in the obituaray , he was a man of great principal and courage ,one who believed in doing what was right no matter the personal cost. We could sure use more people of his quality  in this day and age and his family should be very proud  of what he did in life and the example  that he set for us all. N Carver

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