Jack Mason's handiwork and ingenuity can be seen throughout the West Manchester Township home he shared with his family.
A lamp, shelf and old fashioned-style coat rack in the dining room were handmade by Mason.
An addition built by him a few years back features flooring from a school gymnasium in Maryland and ceiling beams from the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York City. Nearly everything in the addition was destined for the junk heap until Mason, who was a craftsman and construction worker, rescued the items.
"The entire room was built from junk," said Mason's wife, Lisa Mason, with a laugh.
Jack Mason III, 52, and fellow Kinsley Construction worker Jerry Eady, 36, were killed Tuesday when they were thrown from a work van during a two-vehicle crash on Route 30 in Hellam Township.
Eady: On Wednesday, Eady's cousin, Misha Gaskins, and his aunt, Verna Gaskins, remembered him as a laid-back guy who was also a motivator.
When he drove with family to take Misha Gaskins to school at the University of the District of Columbia, he left some parting words on her dry-erase board — "grind hard" and other slogans.
"He always wanted to see the best for us," Misha Gaskins said.
Verna Gaskins said Eady, of the 2400 block of Emerald Avenue in West Manchester Township, was married for seven years and the couple has a 7-year-old son.
In a statement, Kinsley Construction said the hearts and prayers of its employees are with the Eady and Mason families.
"The Kinsley family and all of us at Kinsley are mourning the loss of our valued employees and co-workers, Jack Mason and Jerry Eady, who died yesterday in the tragic vehicle accident on Route 30," the e-mailed statement says.
Hard worker: As family and friends gathered at the Masons' home in the 2200 block of Marion Street on Wednesday evening, most recalled Jack Mason as the kind of guy who loved to joke around and have fun but was always busy taking on new projects around the house.
Jack Mason was known throughout the neighborhood as the go-to guy to fix anything.
"I guess they named him right. He was the Jack of all trades," said Barry Thomas, who, along with his wife Kimberly, has lived next door to the Masons for eight years.
Not too long ago, Lisa Mason's car broke down as she was driving. Her husband, armed with only a pair of Vise-Grips and a screwdriver, showed up to help. After a quick trip to an auto parts store, Jack Mason used the only two tools he had with him to put on a new belt and sent his wife of 18 years on her way.
"He had a solution for everything," said their son, Casey Mason, 15.
Last lesson: Jack Mason bestowed his knowledge of craftsmanship, mechanics and handiwork on Casey; another son, Logan Mason, 28; and a daughter, they said.
"He taught me everything I know," said Logan Mason, who is a mechanic at Kinsley.
Jack Mason also made sure Lisa Mason knew a thing or two when it came to making repairs around the home.
On Saturday, just a few days before Jack Mason's death, the washing machine began to overflow and he suspected a clogged pipe. In short order he found the clog and began cutting the pipe.
Half way through he stopped and handed the saw over to his wife.
"Here. Cut the rest of this. You need to know how to do this when I'm gone," Lisa Mason said he told her.
And she did just that, and fixed the problem under Jack Mason's tutelage.
"It was like he knew or something," she said.
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