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David Paul Masters

March 27, 2021


Bradenton, FL: David Paul Masters, 64, a lifelong resident of Hancock, and a recent retiree to Bradenton, passed away due to complications of a stroke on March 27, 2021 at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Hancock on April 21, 1956, a son Jack and Lorraine Masters, both preceding him in death.

He was a graduate of Hancock High School. Mr. Masters worked as a custodian and bus driver for the Hancock Public Schools system for 32 years. He was a dedicated volunteer firefighter for the Hancock Fire Department for 40 years, earning honors as Copper Country Firefighter of the year and the Upper Peninsula Firefighter of the Year.

On June 21, 1980 he was united in marriage to Jo Ann (Porritt) Masters. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Victoria (Aaron) Bartkowiak of Owatonna, Minnesota, and Lynsay (Thomas) Woodring of Kissimmee, Florida; loves of his life, his five grandchildren: Lila, Joshua, and Jack Bartkowiak, and Preston and Pierce Woodring; siblings: John (Gail) Masters of Laurium, Barbara (Curtis) Hoffenbecker of Hancock, and Patricia Masters of Hancock; and a brother-in-law, Michael Porritt of Bradenton.

Our Papa loved finding the best deals, playing lotto, and hanging out with his pirate buds at the Captain's Quarters. He also enjoyed a beer with his firemen friends at tournaments, coffee with friends, and working with his good neighbor Rich. He was an avid Packer and NASCAR fan; loved classic country music, playing the drums in many local Hancock bands, and he could dance your socks off.

He will be known for his work ethic and dedication to all of his friends and family. He would always be there when you needed his the most.

In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial contribution to the Hancock Fire Department, 900 Ethel Avenue, Hancock, MI 49930 or the Hancock Public Schools Foundation, 501 Campus Drive, Hancock, MI 49930 in the name of David Paul Masters.

A memorial gathering for family and friends is tentatively planned for Saturday, June 12, 2010 at Porvoo Park.

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Services are to be announced

Katherine G. Heideman and Mary J. Tuisku Pavilion at Porvoo Park

Hancock, MI 49930

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