Charles Joseph Mascott, a retired mechanical engineer and avid gardener, died of cancer Saturday at his daughter's Mount Airy home. He was 88.
Born in Bridgeport, Conn., he served in the Navy during World War II. He moved to East Hanover, N.J., and became a mechanical engineer at Curtiss Wright Corp. He retired in 1972.
"He liked to build, and could fix anything," said his daughter, Jeanne Befano of Mount Airy. "He will be remembered for his humor, a great laugh and a persistent twinkle in his eye."
Mr. Mascott moved to Columbia about 25 years ago and enjoyed landscaping. He also helped his children with their gardening.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road in Columbia.
In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 67 years, the former Grace Burke; two sons, Joseph Mascott of Long Valley, N.J., and Tom Mascott of Columbia; three other daughters, Maryanne Harvey of Fairfield, Iowa, Barbara Phillips of Butler, Tenn., and Sue Treida of Noblesville, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.