Irving Arthur Mason, 92, a longtime manager at the Philadelphia branch of the Snap-on Tools Corporation, died Feb. 3 at Lankenau Hospital.
A 1932 graduate of Olney High School, where he was a member of the track team, Mason was a star salesman for Snap-on Tools, which he joined at age 20. He started selling tools from the back of a 1929 Essex sedan, which he purchased for $50, and did well enough to win a trip to the Factory Convention in 1935, an exceptional honor for a new guy in the organization.
He became a Philadelphia branch sales leader for 10 years after that.
Mason continued to succeed at Snap-on, when he became assistant manager of the Philadelphia branch on Fairmount Avenue in 1945, and later became branch manager. Through his leadership, the Philadelphia branch became No. 1 in sales in the nation.
During that time, he also served as a mentor to many colleagues, who went on to manage their own branches, and who climbed to higher levels of responsibility in the company.
Mason retired from Snap-on in 1976, after 42 years with the company, mainly due to poor health.
He was a member of Radnor Valley Country Club.
Mason is survived by his wife of 68 years, the former Bessie Sabaroff; son Steven Mason; and sister Charlotte Glick. He was predeceased by a brother, Mort Mason, in 1964.
Memorial donations can be made to: Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia, 1518 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.