Inducted 2013. Between the two of them, they have nearly 90 years of volunteer work at QND and QU.
Harold Mast says he and his brother Gerald have “seen a couple faces come and go” during their time volunteering at Quincy Notre Dame and Quincy University. That’s putting it lightly. The Masts have more likely seen tens of thousands of faces come through the doors during their years providing a helping hand for fans, their children and their grandchildren at local athletic events. The twin brothers help with ticket taking, concessions or parking for nearly all sports at QND and QU. Between the two of them, they have nearly 90 years of volunteer work at the schools. Gerald is in his 45th year, and Harold has 44 years under his belt.
Gerald has volunteered for the American Red Cross adaptive aquatics program at QU for 17 years, and he has been with the Boy Scouts since 1968. He earned the Golden Deeds Award for volunteer service in 2008. When the Masts aren’t volunteering at QND or QU sporting events, they’re likely attending a game in the area. They frequently can be seen in the summer at Quincy Gems games and enjoy attending area prep basketball games when the Raiders are playing on the road.
Harold and Gerald’s volunteer efforts didn’t spark from an innate interest in athletics. Neither played high school sports, and prior to their retirement, neither worked in a job that centered around athletics. Harold was a timekeeper for Gardner Denver for 42 years, while Gerald worked for Moorman Manufacturing for 28 years and later for the Illinois Veterans Home for nearly 12 years. The brothers still live in Quincy and have no intentions of slowing down.
A note of thanks: “Wingerter to help with ushering the younger fans at the basketball games. Kevin Steinkamp was the ticket taker at the time, and he occasionally needed help with the kids. Over the years working the games, I have seen a lot of Raider Pride. I have been blessed to be part of that tradition. To show my pride, I have made the outfit and repaired the outfit that the Raider mascot wears. I hope to continue on with this service at sporting events for years to come. I would like to thank the QND Hall of Fame Committee for this honor. God bless, and thanks so much.” – Gerald Mast
“I would like to thank the QND Hall of Fame Committee for this honor. Way back in 1969, I was asked by my brother, who already was helping Virg Niewohner, if I would help with taking tickets at a football game. Since then, that’s what I’ve been doing. As a ticket taker and someone who sells tickets, I have seen so many students, coaches, teachers and administrators who have went on to make their own mark in success. I hope to do and see both for a while longer, knowing changes are coming in the future when a hand-held device will be doing all of the selling of tickets. Then I can watch the game as a fan.” – Harold Mast