Tommy Mason says he loves the city of Gaithersburg — Mayor Sidney Katz, city workers, residents — everything about it.
Now the city is showing Mason, 72, some love.
The fountain at Casey Community Center, where Mason worked as caretaker for 20 years until retiring in September, will be dedicated in his name April 26 at a commemorative naming ceremony.
“It’s one of the greatest things in my life,” Mason said of being honored. “It is beautiful. It is.”
Katie Gleeson, Mason’s former supervisor, said the honor is well deserved.
As caretaker, Mason maintained the building, grounds and fountain of the community center, which the city rents for parties and receptions and uses to house other functions. His job included anything from stripping the floors to watering the plants. He worked 40-hour weeks, eight hours each weekday, and was on call if the city needed him. He lived in a room in the center.