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Nathaniel Mason Jr.

In Loving Memory

Sunrise: September 8, 1929 - Sunset: September 21, 2016
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  • 87 years old
  • Date of birth: Sept. 8, 1929
  • Place of birth: Baton Rouge, LA
  • Date of passing: Sept. 21, 2016
  • Place of passing: Oakland, CA
  • Interment: Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
This memorial page was created in the memory of Nathaniel Mason Jr. Those we love remain with us, for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade, because a loved one's gone. Those we love can never be more than a thought apart, for as long as there is memory, they'll live on within our heart. We will remember him forever, for his loving spirit, caring soul and smiling heart. Although he is gone our love for him will never depart. With Love, Honor and Respect ~ Mason Family

Excerpts from his obituary:
(California -- Nathaniel Mason Jr. “Nickname Red Bean aka, Sonny Boy, 87, died Wednesday, September 21, 2016 peacefully in his home in Oakland, after a lenghty illness.) 

Nathaniel was the eldest son and was raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in a three room cottage. He was the son of Ida Spooner Mason and Nathaniel Mason, Sr. who worked at the Standard Oil company, as a laborer.

The most important lesson Nathaniel learned from his parents was “have respect for your elders and get your education because that’s the only way you will get ahead in life”.

Throughout his life Nathaniel worked as a School Teacher, a Postman, a Sheriff for the City and County of San Francisco, a Police Officer for the City of San Francisco, and Head Start Director for the City of San Francisco, to name a few.

Throughout his career, Nathaniel was also very active in community affairs that included Chairman of the Board of the Martin Luther King Square and Marcus Garvey Square Cooperative, Inc.; chairman, Client Council of the S.F. Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation; California Affirmative Action Council; San Francisco Unified School District Affirmative Action Committee; Vice Chair, Labor and Industry Committee of the NAACP and member of its publicity committee; chair, voter education committee and member, Political action committee of the San Francisco Black Leadership Forum; Director of the Economic Council of San Francisco, President of the NAACP San Francisco Chapter, and he was a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. . .

He is survived by a host of family and friends.

Nathaniel lived his life to the fullness and "yes he did it his way"! We will miss his caring, loving and strong personality and may he rest in peace.

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