(WLNS) – The MSU Hockey Coach Ron Mason is known for his success and years making a pivotal difference in Ice Hockey, but he was even more than the man behind 924 Hockey wins.
“You really got to know the guy and got to know how much he cared about this community so, he is right there at the top when it comes to Spartans,” Michigan State Athletic Director Mark Hollis said.
Hollis is just one of many who spoke about who Mason was as a coach, friend, mentor, community member and Spartan.
In a release toady, President of MSU Dr. Lou Anna K. Simon said:
“Coach Mason defined what it means to be a Spartan. His relentless quest for excellence on and off the rink made everyone around him better,” Simon said.
“He loved this community, he loved Michigan State and he loved the children in this community,” Sparrow Health System VP of Development and Strategic Partnerships, Stella Cash said.
Not only was Mason a notable Spartan, but he was heavily involved in the Children’s Miracle Network with Sparrow, as honorary chair for 13 years, and recipient of the Founders Award in 2006 for the selfless way he served the children there.
“He was not one just to dish out money. He gave his talent and his time and he got others to do that also,” Cash said.
Despite the loss of such a notable man, those who knew him best believe they know what he would want.
“One of his things was to be strong and keep going on and we’ll certainly do that and do it in his honor,” MSU Assistant Hockey Coach Tom Newton said.
Mason’s donation and volunteer time helped raise more than $10 million, and touch the lives of many families in the community.