Nathaniel Thayer Mason

Nathaniel Thayer Mason recently passed away on November 21, 2019 in London, England.  Nat, born June 21, 1947 and raised in Hartford, Conn., was a lifetime summer resident of Cape Cod.   He was educated at St Marks School, Dartmouth College and the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration where he earned his MBA.
  His career was mainly in banking.  After two years of teaching and two years’ service in the US Army, he worked for Mellon Bank of Pittsburgh, Pa. in Frankfurt, Tokyo and London and then the Arab Bank of Amman, Jordan in London for a total of 26 years.  He returned to the Cape to live year round in 2002 and became the Financial Director for the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance until his retirement in 2011.
  Nat leaves his wife of 49 years, Sara of London and W. Chatham; two daughters, Louisa of Helsingborg, Sweden (married to Robert Mason) with sons David and Joshua; and Rebecca of London, England (partner to Oliver Bates) with daughters Elizabeth and Klara.  He also is survived by his brothers, John of Chatham and Nicholas, of Simsbury, Conn. 
  Nat learned at an early age to sail and swim at Pleasant Bay Camp in South Orleans. These remained lifetime interests for him.  While living in England from 1988 until 2001, he was member of and Publicity Officer for the British Long Distance Swimming Association.  He competed in and completed most of their annual events including twice a swim of Lake Windermere, 10 ½ miles.  He also was Treasurer of the Channel Swimming Association.  He was the final swimmer of a 6 person relay team which crossed the English Channel from Dover to Cap Gris Nez, France in 14 hours and 32 minutes.  He later made three attempts to swim from Monomoy to Nantucket but without success.
  He was a longtime member of Stage Harbor Yacht Club, and enjoyed few things more than sailing his Marshall catboat, Mya, around the Harwichport Bell in a stiff southwest breeze.
  Nat also loved Chatham. He served on the Conservation Commission from 2002 until 2007, was Treasurer for the Friends of Chatham Waterways from 2002 until 2015, and for countless years was the Internal Auditor of the Oyster River Swim Team (ORST), a loose collection of swimmers who met in good weather for a morning dip off his mother’s dock.
  Funeral arrangements will be held privately.
  Any donations in Nat’s memory should be made to Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance (CCCFA), 1566 Main Street, Chatham, MA 02633, USA