Richard L. Mason

Asset Management Executive

Richard L. Mason, 51, an asset management executive and a hard-nosed amateur hockey player, died at Inova Loudoun Hospital on July 9, shortly after having a heart attack while playing goalie for the Ashburn Oldtimers, a senior hockey team that plays regularly at Ashburn Ice House.

Mr. Mason -- teammates knew him as "Goldberg," from the movie "The Mighty Ducks" -- was "between the pipes," as hockey players would say, fiercely defending the goal for his team. He was doing what he loved best, friends said.

In addition to the Oldtimers, he played over the years for the Ice Hogs, the Hosers and several other amateur teams, and he rooted for all the Washington professional teams, as well as for the Chicago Cubs. "A great guy" off the ice, he was "ornery and cranky on the ice," his friend and teammate Bob Flanagan said. "He didn't like people coming through the crease."

Mr. Mason, a resident of Herndon, was born in Oak Park, Ill., where he began playing hockey as a youngster. He received a bachelor's degree in real estate in 1980 from Western Washington University, where he played on the hockey team.

During the 1980s, he worked as a leasing agent in San Diego and with Freddie Mac in Chicago. He moved to the Washington area in 1991. He worked for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in commercial and real estate management for 15 years before becoming senior vice president of asset management for Reilly Mortgage Group Inc. in 2003.

He was a member of Vale United Methodist Church in Oakton and served on the board of the Wesley Housing Development Corp., an organization that works to make affordable housing available in Northern Virginia. He also was a coach for his children's hockey, soccer and baseball teams.

In addition to playing hockey and coaching youth sports, he could never resist a good roller coaster ride. "He loved to play," his wife said.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Lynn Mason of Herndon; four children; Tommy, Kate, Billy and Bradley Mason, all of Herndon; his mother, Marjorie Heffernan of La Grange Park, Ill.; and a brother.