Tracey Mason, the ex-wife of former University of Maine hockey coach Shawn Walsh and the mother of their two sons Tyler and Travis Walsh, died on Sunday at her home in Palm Beach Shores, Florida.
She was 53. A cause of death was not given in her obituary.
Tracey Mason was the daughter of legendary Lake Superior State, Bowling Green and Michigan State coach Ron Mason, who died of an apparent heart attack this past June.
Ron Mason, who is in the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, is the nation’s second-winningest coach behind Boston College’s Jerry York with 924 wins in 36 seasons. Shawn Walsh played for him at Bowling Green before becoming an assistant coach under him at Bowling Green and Michigan State and then taking over as the head coach at UMaine in 1984.
Walsh died of complications from kidney cancer in 2001. He built the program into a national power and won two NCAA championships.
Tracey Mason was born in London, Ontario, and graduated from Haslett High School in Michigan and Michigan State University.
Tracey Mason and Walsh lived in Veazie before getting divorced in 1996.
Tyler Walsh, a UMaine graduate, is the head hockey coach at North Yarmouth Academy. Travis Walsh was a defenseman at Michigan State before graduating last May.
“I loved her to death,” said longtime friend Frank Jordan of Veazie. “She believed in Shawn and tried to do everything she could for the hockey program. They raised two great young men. And she came from a great family.”
Jordan mentioned that Tracey Mason had health issues in recent years.
“She was a real nice person,” said UMaine associate head hockey coach Jay Leach, who was also an assistant under Walsh at UMaine.
She is survived by her two sons, her mother, Marion, and sister Cindy.