Remembering Hockey Legend, Ron Mason: “He helped mold so many people during his lifetime”

EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) – There are a couple things I learned about Ron Mason on Thursday. He was a family man, an avid fisherman, and mentor to many.

He touched the lives of the hundreds of people who came to Munn Ice Arena this afternoon, to remember him, both on and off the ice.

“It shows the great impact that my grandpa had on whoever he met,” Mason’s Grandson, Travis Walsh said. “He’s always been the patriarch of our family, and the rock that we leaned on for guidance and support. For Tyler and I, papa was the one who stepped in to be that father role that we needed in our younger years.”

Ron Mason is remembered for many things. He led the MSU Hockey team the same way he lead his life; he won, and he did it the right way.

“On every Friday and Saturday night it was me sitting there, cheering on this hockey program and that’s when I started to realize that I work for Judd Heathcote, but there was a guy across the street that was doing something that I really appreciated and strive to be, that was a consistent winner,” MSU Basketball coach, Tom Izzo said. “Someone that could win year, after year, after year.”

Although it’s a time to mourn, many shared stories to celebrate the legacy Ron Mason leaves behind on the ice, as a grandfather, as a friend, and a mentor.

“In his own way he would be surprised knowing he helped mold so many people during his lifetime,” MSU’s Associate Head Athletic Trainer, Dave Carrier said. “This is the true essence of this man’s life.”

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