Nicholas "Nick" Frank Marson, Jr.
Born: May 25, 1943. Passed: June 21, 2021.
Nick was a proud member of the Operating Engineers Local 49 for more than 50 years. He was a crane operator and a licensed boat pilot on the Upper Mississippi for non-passenger boats. He spent his career operating cranes, building bridges in MN & WI. Collecting Red Wing pottery was his passion. He and his wife, Bonnie, spent most of their spare time searching for another piece of Red Wing pottery. He was a student of the business and the products of Red Wing Potteries. He was a unique individual who made friends and memories wherever he went. He lived his life based on the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley which his father read often to him.
Invictus by William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
for my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade.
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with
Punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am captain of my soul.
To everyone who knew him, he would only ask that you be kind to one another and live your life short or long to the fullest.
Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is assisting the family.