02 October 2023

Sad News – Condolence Message for the Passing of Hilary Mason

Dear Members and Friends of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra,

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we have to inform you of the passing of Hilary Mason, the beloved wife of our former Conductor, John M Mason. Hilary passed, peacefully, on Monday 25th September, shortly after celebrating her 85th birthday with family and friends.

Hilary was not only a cherished part of our family but also an integral and much-loved part of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra. Her dedication, support, and warmth have touched the lives of everyone involved in this musical family, and her presence will be deeply missed.

Hilary played a vital role in the founding of this orchestra and provided unending support to John, the other founders, and all the members. Her unwavering encouragement and passion for our concerts and performances fuelled the growth and success of this group that we hold so dear.

The funeral service will take place on 10th October at the Old Parish Church in Troon.

The service will start at 12:30, followed by a committal at Troon Cemetery. Afterwards, we will gather at the South Beach Hotel for refreshments.

Although it is a sad and emotional time for all of us, we are confident that Hilary and John will live on in our memories and reminiscences in the fun, joy, laughter, music and experiences that they brought to us all.

Peter, Rognvald, and Jamie Mason