03 Oct 2022

Brave Longford-born 9/11 New York firefighter Brian Masterson dies with family by his side

Brave Longford-born 9/11 New York firefighter Brian Masterson dies with family by his side

Longford-born New York City Fire Department firefighter Brian Masterson pictured responding to the twin tower attacks on September 11, 2011.

A Longford-born firefighter with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), Brian J Masterson, passed to his eternal reward on Sunday, January 22 in Walden, NY following a brave battle against esophageal cancer.

Son of the late Joseph Anthony and Kathleen Farrell Masterson, he was born on September 23, 1955.

Brian was among the many FDNY firefighters that responded to the twin tower attacks on September 11, 2001.

Christopher Ferry, Brian’s nephew, explained, “Unfortunately, my uncle Brian was diagnosed with esophageal cancer two years ago as a result.

“The number of firefighters and other first responders being diagnosed with cancer as a direct result of working so many days at the site of the twin towers has been constantly growing to this very day.

“My uncle fought very hard for two years overcoming the odds, and died on Sunday night with his family by his side.”

Christopher outlined that his family originally came from Lissavaddy, Longford and said that although many of them live in the United States in New York, they still call Longford home.

“I spent every summer of my childhood with my grandparents Joseph ‘Waddy’ Masterson, and Kathleen Masterson. My grandmother was a Farrell, of which many still reside in Longford. I spent many a summer working on my grandfather's farm, as well as his fruit/vegetable stand in the old Market Square in Longford town. My mother Gemma Masterson, as well as her two brothers Kevin and Brian grew up in Longford.”

Family always came first for the late Brian J Masterson and his children and grandchild were his world. He continued the loving tradition of his father, and passed that on, to not only his family, but to all that ever knew him.

Sixty-one years old Brian was a member of Most Precious Blood Church in Walden.

He was an avid golfer and loved to run. He ran in the NYC Marathon multiple times and many other races throughout the Hudson Valley.

Sympathy is extended to Brian’s wife Mary Masterson; daughter Barbara Sergiano & her husband Graig of Croton on the Hudson; daughter Shanon Masterson; son Joseph Masterson; granddaughter Sierra; brother Kevin Masterson & his wife Anne of Co Cork; sister Gemma Masterson & husband Marcelo Lenarduzzi Fort Salonga, NY; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation takes place on Wednesday, January 25 from 7-9 pm and on Thursday, January 26 from 2-4 & 7-9pm at Millspaugh Funeral Home, 22 Bank Street, Walden, NY, 12586.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, January 27 at 11am at Most Precious Blood, 42 Walnut Street, Walden, NY.

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