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Alfred P. Mason, businessman

Alfred P. Mason, businessman

Alfred P. Mason, a retired Baltimore businessman and a co-founder of the Epicurean Club, which recognized local sports figures, died Saturday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Copper Ridge assisted-living facility in Sykesville.

A resident of the Charlesbrooke neighborhood of Baltimore County, Mr. Mason was 84.

"I've known Al since we were playing ball as kids at School 236 at Christopher Avenue and Harford Road. It was six guys and no hitting to the right field. If you did, it was an out," said Vince Bagli, retired WBAL-TV sports anchor and boyhood friend.

"He was a Hamiltonian, and I always thought of him as the unofficial mayor of...