Matthews Obituaries Page 2

Georgie Cecille (Cline) Matthews Submitted by Heather Waddingham

Published January 14, 2003 Macdonald Select Funeral Home Page.

The death of Georgie Cecille Matthews occurred at the Campobello Lodge Nursing Home on January 12, 2003. Born in Nova Scotia she was the daughter of the late Maurice and Carrie (Lank) Cline. Predeceased by her parents, husband Burton Matthews. She is survived by two daughters, Lesley (Allan) Savage and Pauline (Kevin) McCluskey; two sons, James (Pauline) Matthews and Merrill Matthews; two brothers, Merwin and Winston (Skipper) Cline; six grandchildren, Bill Matthews and Lindsay Sanders, Gina Denbow and Ronnie Savage, Amanda and Adam McCluskey; three great grandchildren, Cody and Katelyn Denbow, Audri Sander; several nieces and nephews.

Resting at St. Anne’s Anglican Church, Welshpool, NB with visiting on Monday from 7 to 9pm. A private family service will be held on Tuesday with Rev. Charles Smart officiating. Interment will take place in the Wilson’s Beach Cemetery in the spring. For those who wish, donations to the New Brunswick Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association or to the Wilson’s Beach Cemetery Fund would be appreciated.

MacDonald Select Community Funeral Home, 20 Marks Street, St. Stephen in care of arrangements.

Marjorie Viola (Brown) Matthews Submitted by Heather Waddingham

**Marjorie was the child of the late Harry Elton Brown and Elsie Maude Carter Brown of Campobello. **

Published January 27, 2003 S.O. Mehan Funeral Home Web page.

At Charlotte County Hospital, St. Stephen, NB, January 26, 2003, Marjorie Viola Matthews, age 61, of St. George, NB.

Survived by 4 children, Jody (Brenda) Matthews of Fredericton, NB, Dana (Theresa) Matthews of Campobello, NB, Cheyann (Jason) Anderson of St. Stephen, NB, Shawna (Mike) Stewart of St. George, NB, grandchildren, Lynne Matthews, Tara Stewart, Marcey Stewart, Gariana Matthews, Cierra Stewart, Christopher Johnson, Darren Stewart, Kacie Matthews, sisters, Hazel Newman, Beatrice Archer, Dorothy Haggerty, Adrianne Cline, Marie Murphy, Florence Miller, brother, Ernest Brown, uncles, Lloyd Brown, Calvin Brown (Kathleen) many nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

Predeceased by 2 sons, Darren Harold Matthews and Baxter Wade Matthews and 1 granddaughter, Shaylin Johnson.

Memorial Service will be held at St. Annes Anglican Church, Campobello Island, NB, on Tuesday January 28, 2003 at 2 PM with Rev. Charles Smart officiating.

Interment at St. Annes Anglican Cemetery, Campobello Island, NB.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances to the Heart or Lung Association or charity of ones choice would be appreciated by the family.

Arrangements in care of The S.O. Mehan & Son Funeral Home Ltd., 23 Main Street, St. Stephen, NB. www.mehanfuneralhome.ca

Louis R. Matthews Submitted by Heather Waddingham Added September 15, 2003

Published on May 27, 1995    Page: 9B

Louis R. Matthews, 78, of Old Bath Road and formerly of Harpswell died Friday at Mid Coast Hospital. He was born at Campobello, New Brunswick, son of Clinton and Gladys Matthews Matthews, and attended Waterville schools.On Jan. 20, 1937, he married Pauline Moody, who died Dec. 7, 1983. Mr. Matthews served in the Pacific with the Army during World War II.From 1949 to 1960 he lived in Harpswell. He was a weaver at the Verney Mill and lobstered full time for 15 years...

Source: Portland Herald Newspaper Published on May 27, 1995 Page 9B. Please see the newpaper for the full transcription.

Hollis E. Matthews Submitted by Heather Waddingham

Published: June 28, 2003 Bangor Daily News:

LUBEC - Hollis E. Matthews, 83, passed away peacefully June 26, 2003, surrounded by his family at the Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth. He was born March 22, 1920, the son of the late Horace and Winifred (Myers) Matthews. He attended Lubec High School and Washington Academy in East Machias, completing his education at the Aeronautics School in Kansas City. During World War II, he served in Italy and North Africa in the U.S. Army Air Force. He then returned to Lubec in 1945 where he was active in the Boy Scouts, was past commander of the Stuart-Green Post No. 65 American Legion, and was a life member of the V.F.W. Parkinson-Vose No. 3315.

For many years, Hollis had his own construction company and was well known throughout Washington County. He then was employed by the U.S. Navy Civil Service in Cutler, retiring in 1979. Not content with retirement, he drove a truck for his son, Stephen, working for the Thomas Dicenzo Co. and the Lane Construction Co. He thoroughly enjoyed his hunting vacations with friends at his camp on Rocky Lake, and ice fishing with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Anna; a daughter, Janis Hamlin of Hampden; a son, Stephen and his wife, Pamela, of Campobello Island, N.B.; grandchildren, Dr. Lesley Gillis and her husband, Dave Knappe, of Hudson, Joanna Hamlin of Portland, Stefan Matthews and Jalene, Shane Matthews and Theresa, Julie Preston and her husband, Terrence; and two very special great-grandchildren, Kennedy and Daniel, all of Campobello N.B. He is also survived by two brothers, Horace "Buddy" Matthews and his wife, Jeanette, of Connecticut, and Richard Matthews and his wife, Carol, of Westbrook; a sister, Christiana Dorazio of Portland; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Phillip, in 1956; and a sister, Gloria MacLaughlin in 1993.

Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at West Lubec United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Betty Palmer officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the Lamson Cemetery, Lubec. Friends wishing to make donations in his memory may do so to the West Lubec United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 385, Lubec 04652, or to the Fireman's Association-EVR (Emergency Vehicle Rescue-Jaws of Life), 40 School St., Lubec 04652. Arrangements are in care of McClure Family Funeral Services, Lubec.

Glenn Howard Matthews Submitted by Heather Waddingham Added January 15, 2004

The death of Glenn Howard Matthews of 973 North Road, Welshpool, New Brunswick occurred at the Down East Community Hospital, Machais, Maine on November 12, 2003. Born in Campobello, New Brunswick, he was the son of the late Howard and Clauda ( Porter) Matthews. Predeceased by son Christopher and two brothers, Baxter and Floyd Matthews. He is survived by his wife, Marie (Chute) Matthews; son, Preston Matthews (Barbara) of Kentville, Nova Scotia; sisters, Patricia Fletcher and Glenna Cline (Paul) of Campobello, New Brunswick; grandchildren, Taylor and Madison Matthews; several aunts, nieces and nephews.

The graveside service was be held 2 pm on Monday at the St. Timothys Catholic Cemetery, Welshpool, New Brunswick. MacDonald Select Community Funeral Home, 20 Marks Street, St. Stephen in care of arrangements.

Source: MacDonald Select Funeral Home Web Page Posted November 13, 2003

Ella Mae (Gilbert) Matthews Submitted by Heather Waddingham Added January 15, 2004

MATTHEWS, Ella Mae - The death of Ella Mae Matthews occurred at the Campobello Lodge Nursing Home, Welshpool, N.B. on Jan. 8, 2004. Born in Sydney Mines, N.S., she was the daughter of the late Philip and Katherine (McNeil) Gilbert.

She is survived by four daughters, Paula (Keith) Kilburn of Kingsclear, N.B., Katherine (Hazen) Henderson of Wilson's Beach, N.B., Patsy (Leonard) Beaulieu of Saint John, N.B. and Mary Gowan of Calais, Me.; son, Thomas (Rae Lynn) Matthews of Wilson's Beach, N.B.; sister, Shirley Ferdinand; two brothers, Wilson Gilbert and Russell Gilbert; 11 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by husband, Orin A. Matthews.

The funeral was held on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004 from the Wilson's Beach United Baptist Church, with Rev. Jerry VanderVeen officiating. Organist was Rolla VanderVeen. The pallbearers for the service were Dennis Henderson, Matthew Kilburn, Dexter Henderson, Stephen Beaulieu, Bradley Matthews and Philip Gowan. Interment took place in the Wilson's Beach Cenetery.

For those who wish, donations to the Wilson's Beach United Baptist Church, or to a charity of the donor's choice, would be appreciated. MacDonald Select Community Funeral Home, 20 Marks Street, St. Stephen, N.B. in care of arrangements.

Source: The Saint Croix Courier Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Paul H. Matthews Submitted by Heather Waddingham Added May 15, 2004

Paul H. Matthews (Campobello Island, NB) passed away unexpectedly on April 17, 2004 at his home in Wilson’s Beach. He was 55.

Born to Herbert Matthews and Marion Lank Matthews on March 29,1949 in Eastport, Maine, Paul spent much of his life on Campobello, leaving just long enough to voluntarily enlist and serve in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.

He worked most of his life in various segments of the fishing industry whether it be on a boat or as a night watchman for the Connor’s Bros. factory, but undoubtedly his greatest legacy was his large and eclectic circle of friends. Wherever there were people gathered for conversation, you could find Paul. And if there weren’t people to talk to face to face, his friends who knew him by his handle, “Sailor Boy”, would keep him company on his CB radio.

He was known and loved for his generosity; if there wasn’t money to give, he always had a helping hand he could lend. And he did. For people he knew his whole life or people that he met only long enough to help them change a tire. The lives affected by Paul’s infectious laugh and good natured temperament are immeasurable.

He didn’t live long enough to be a grandfather and, as an only child, he could have never been an uncle, but he found surrogate family members to fill the voids. His best friends’ children, Jenna Kinny and Jeremy Greene were perhaps one of the greatest joys in Paul’s life. Of Jeremy’s new baby sister Jessica, born on March 29th of this year Paul remarked that it was “the best birthday present he could have ever wished for.”

He is survived by his daughter Brandi of Chicago, Il, daughter Jennifer London of Hampton, NB, best friends (and cousin) Brent Kinney, Mac Greene and Rilda Kierstead, all of Campobello, special friend, Andrea Fitzgerald of Connecticut, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins and more friends than could ever be accounted for.

He will be truly missed.

Visitation will take place on Wednesday April 21 from 7 to 9 at the Wilson’s Beach Pentecostal Church, Wilson’s Beach. A Memorial Service will be held 2pm on Thursday from the church, with Rev. Todd McGuire officiating. For those who wish, donations to the New Brunswick Heart and Stroke, or to a charity of the donors choice would be appreciated.

MacDonald Select Community Funeral Home, 20 Marks Street, St. Stephen in care of arrangements.

Posted to the Funeral Home Site April 21, 2004

** On a "personal note" I met Paul last summer during our brief visit to Campobello. I wrote following when I learned of his sudden death. This letter was read at the funeral:

To the Family and Friends of Paul:

My name is Heather Waddingham, my family and I live in Kingston Ontario. The reason I am writing is I just heard about the sudden death of Paul and felt I had to write…

Last summer we were on Campobello and decided to go on a Whale Watching Tour.

The first day we went out was really foggy… couldn’t see anything but we had a good time… it was suggested we could try it again the following day. Again the next day was foggy in the morning but turned out nice around Noon…

Paul was with us on both occasions… he took a real liking to the kids (Kate and Brandon) and had they had a great time learning about the Whales, he told of how he and Mackie and once rescued a whale that had been caught up in fishing gear; and that by the time they got back to the wharf the media was there; he took a picture of the four of us on the boat, and gave me a “buoy” we had found that I now have hanging in my backyard . He even came by the Friar Bay Motel one night as we were packing to leave early the following morning to give us his best etc. We must have chatted again for another half hour or so.

On the second day before we left the wharf Paul made a point of “running home to get something”. He returned with a “ceramic seagull standing on a piece of driftwood”. Knowing from our previous days conversation he knew I that as a child growing up I spent a lot of time with family on Grand Manan. He presented me with the seagull saying he knew I would “appreciate it”. That I do, it is on display in my living room on top of a cabinet. A reminder of both Grand Manan and Campobello and now it has even more meaning knowing that the man who was kind enough to give to me …“a stranger from away”…is unfortunately no longer with us.

In any case, I just wanted to take the time to extend our sympathies to you on the loss of a father, friend and coworker. From what I have been told Paul was a friend to all and he will be greatly missed…

Sincerely, The Waddingham Family

John Ellsworth Matthews Submitted by Glenna Parker Added May 15, 2004

MATTHEWS- At his residence, Wilson's Beach, N.B., May 11, 1993, John Ellsworth Matthews, husband of Goldie Marie (Stanley) Matthews of Wilson's Beach, N.B. Survived by his wife; two sons; three daughters; nine grandchildren; five brothers; four sisters; several nieces and nephews. Rested at Wilson's Beach United Pentecostal Church, Wilson's Beach, N.B., from where the funeral service was held on Thursday, May 13 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Calhoun officiating. Interment at Wilson's Beach Old Cemetery.

Newspaper Source not known.

Harold Lee Matthews Submitted by Glenna Parker Added September 15, 2004

MATTHEWS- At his residence, Wilson’s Beach, Campobello, N.B., November 26, 1989, Harold Lee Matthews; survived by his wife; two daughters; three sons; six sisters; four brothers; nine grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Remains rested at the Wilson’s Beach Baptist Church. The funeral service was held on Tues., Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Walter Masson officiating. Interment in the Wilson’s Beach Cemetary.

Source: Saint Croix Crouier - publishing date unknown.

Arnold Vincent Matthews Submitted by Glenna Parker Added September 15, 2004

MATTHEWS- At Down East Community Hospital, Machias, Maine, on Feb. 16, 1990, Arnold Vincent Matthews of Welshpool, Campobello, N.B.; survived by his wife; two sons; two daughters; his mother; one brother; two grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Rested at Wilson’s Beach Baptist Church, Wilson’s Beach, Campobello, from where the funeral service was held on Tues. at 2 p.m. with Rev. Walter Masson officiating. Interment in Wilson’s Beach Cemetary.

Source: Saint Croix Crouier - publishing date unknown.

Christopher Scott Matthews Submitted by Glenna Parker Added September 15, 2004

MATTHEWS- At Wilson’s Beach, Campobello, N.B., August 29, 1996, Christopher Scott Matthews, 31, of Wilson’s Beach, Campobello; survived by his wife, Mary (Fitzsimmons) Matthews; his parents, Glen Howard and Catherine Marie (Chute) Matthews of Welshpool; one brother, Preston of Newfoundland; aunts; uncles; cousins; nieces and nephews. Rested at St. Timothy’s Roman Catholic Church, Welshpool, from where funeral mass was celebrated on Monday, Sept. 2 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Richard Limbo officiating. Interment at St. Timothy’s Cemetary, Welshpool.

Source: Saint Croix Crouier - publishing date unknown.

Carrie Pearl Matthews Submitted by Glenna Parker Added September 15, 2004

MATTHEWS – At Saint John Regional Hospital, June 1, 1991, Carrie Pearl Matthews of Campobello; survived by one sister, Mrs. J.D. Vriezen of Saint John; two brothers, Weston of Lubec and Lester of Campobello. Rested at the Christian Temple Church, Lubec, Maine, until Tuesday, when funeral services was held at 2 p.m. with Rev. Francis Mabey officiating. Interment in Wilson’s Beach Community Cemetary.

Source: Saint Croix Crouier - publishing date unknown.

* Carrie's mother was Mazie Mitchell Matthews who's obituary is found below. Her brother E. Lester Matthews obituary can be found below as well. Her brother Weston's Obituary is found on this web site as well under another page of Matthews Obituaries.

Ethel G. Matthews Submitted by Glenna Parker Added September 15, 2004

MATTHEWS- At the Campobello Lodge on August 5, 1990, Ethel G. Matthews of Wilson’s Beach; survived by two daughters; three grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. The remains rested at the Wilson’s Beach Baptist Church until Tuesday, August 7 from where the funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Interment at the Wilson’s Beach Rural Cemetary.

Source: Saint Croix Crouier - publishing date unknown.

Mazie Verna Matthews Submitted by Glenna Parker Added September 15, 2004

MATTHEWS- At the Campobello Lodge, August 16, 1990, Mazie Verna Matthews of Campobello; survived by two daughters; two sons; one sister; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Rested at the Christian Temple Church, Lubec, funeral services was held August 18 at 1:30 p.m. Canadian time with Rev. Francis Mabey officiating. Interment in the Wilson’s Beach Community Cemetary.

Source: Saint Croix Crouier - publishing date unknown.

* * Mazie's daughter Carrie Pearl Matthews obituary can be found above as well. Son, Weston's obituary is found on this web site as well under another page of Matthews Obituaries. Son, Earl Lester's obituary is below.

William Edwin Matthews Submitted by Heather Waddingham Added January 15, 2005

WILSON'S BEACH, CAMPOBELLO - William Edwin Matthews, 75, of Wilson's Beach, Campobello, passed away August 20, 2004, at a Bangor health care facility. He was born in Lubec on October 26, 1928, the son of Harold and Mona (Harvey) Matthews.

William served with the United States Army during the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion Post 65 and the VFW. He was in the fishing industry for many years before retiring. He loved to spend time with his family and grandchildren, and enjoyed hanging out with his American Legion buddies and playing cards. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by 11 brothers and sister. William is survived by his wife of 47 years, Bernadine (Henderson) Matthews; his children: Steven W. Matthews; Diane E. Dyndiuk, Shelly R. MacPherson, Karen L. Grant, Kenneth E. Matthews and Corey R. Matthews; his brothers: George Babcock, Clayton Matthews and Harvey Matthews; 10 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were under the care of Cremation Services of Maine in Belfast.

Source: Quoddy Tides - Aug. 27, 2004

Rheta (Lank) Matthews Submitted by Heather Waddingham Added February 2008

Sympathy is extended to husband, Mr Emery (Tim) Matthews and family at the passing in the Machias Hospital of Mrs. Rheta Matthews.

Source: The Quoddy Tides August 14 1970 page 17

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Campobello - Rheta Mae Matthews, 74, wife of Emery J. Matthews died at the Down East Community Hospital, Machias.

She was born at North Road, Campobello, NB, the daughter of the late Calvin and Bessie (Calder) Lank and had lived her entire life at Campobello.

Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Mrs William Fitzgerald (Bessie) and Mrs Stanley Henderson (Vivian), also three sons Audber, Burton and Emery Jr, all of Campobello, grandchildren; four great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was an active member of the Wilson's Beach United Baptist Church. Funeral Services were held at Wilson's Beach.

Source: The Quoddy Tides Sept 11 1970 page 14

Earl Lester Matthews Submitted by Heather Waddingham Added April 2008

E. Lester Matthews
1920-2008

MATTHEWS, E. LESTER - Passed away peacefully with family by his side on Thursday, March 13, 2008 at the Campobello Lodge after a brief illness.

Lester is survived by his wife of 66 years Della Roberta Matthews and their four children, Carl of Lubec, Me, Twylla Brown (Herman) of Campobello, Gary (JoAnne) of Campobello, Nadine Burgess of Bar Harbor, Me,, daughter in law Sandra of Lubec, Me, eight grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and one great great grandchild, sister Jacquline Vriezen of Saint John, NB, one niece and one nephew.
Lester was predeceased by brother Weston (Dot), sister Carrie Pearl, brother in law Dick Vriezen and grandson Keith Wayne.

The family would like to acknowledge the special care of Extra – Mural Nurse Kathy Anthony R.N. and the always caring staff of Campobello Lodge.

A graveside service will be held later in the spring in Head Harbour Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the NB Extra – Mural Program St. Stephen Unit Suite 100 73 Milltown Blvd, St. Stephen, NB E3L 1G5 would be appreciated by the family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of Humphreys Funeral Home, 20 Marks Street, St. Stephen, NB (506 – 466 – 3110) Online condolences may be placed at www.humphreysfh.com

Source: Humphrey Funeral Home Web Page

* Lester's mother was Mazie Mitchell Matthews who's obituary is found above. His sister Carrie Pearl Matthews can be found above as well. His brother Weston's Obituary is found on this web site as well under another page of Matthews Obituaries.

Clayton Raye Matthews Sr.Submitted by Heather Waddingham Added April 2008

1930-2008   MATTHEWS CLAYTON R. - Passed away peacefully, on Saturday, March 29th, 2008; at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Born in Lubec, Maine he was the son of the late Harold & Mona (Harvey) Matthews.  

Surviving in addition to his wife Mary Irene (Blanchard) Matthews are his six children, Lisa Beam (Gary), Paul Matthews, Peter Matthews (Beverly), Gail Robertson (James), Clayton R. Matthews Jr. (Jeannette) and Darlene Matthews (Edward), 12 grandchildren, Jason, Angie, Dylan, Jackie, Sean, Shawna, Amber, Dwayne, Allison, Jordan, Ashley and John, one brother Harvey (Eloise), several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by 13 brothers and sisters.  

Clayton served 4 years in the US Navy where he trained as a mechanic and was stationed in Corpis Christi, Texas. He moved to Canada and was employed for over 20 years with the Herring Cove Provincial Golf Course in Campobello. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge for many years.  

By Clayton’s request there will be no visitation, however friends are welcomed to attend a graveside service to be held on Wednesday April, 2nd, 2008 at 4:00 pm at Head Harbour Cemetery, Campobello, NB.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of Humphreys Funeral Home, 20 Marks Street, St. Stephen, NB (506 – 466 – 3110). Online condolences may be placed at www.humphreysfh.com

Source: Humphrey's Funeral Home Wed Site

Irene (Blanchard) Matthews Submitted by Heather Waddingham Added October 2008

Irene Matthews 1937-2008

MATTHEWS, IRENE - Unexpectedly at the Down East Community Hospital in Machias, Maine, on Friday, August 15th, 2008, Mary Irene (Blanchard) Matthews, wife of the late Clayton Raye Matthews Sr. of Wilson’s Beach, Campobello, NB. Born in Roxbury Massachusetts she is the daughter of the late Peter & Mabel (MacEachern) Blanchard. While living on Campobello Irene worked in the restaurant industry. For many years she also served as a paramedic with the St. John Ambulance Division of Campobello. Irene was also well known for giving personal home care to shut - ins on the island.

Irene is survived by her six children, Lisa Beam (Gary), Paul Matthews, Peter Matthews (Beverly), Gail Robertson (James), Clayton R. Matthews Jr. (Jeannette) and Darlene Matthews (Edward), 12 grandchildren, Jason, Angie, Dylan, Jackie, Sean, Shawna, Amber, Dwayne, Allison, Jordan, Ashely and John, 3 sisters, Nancy Aucoin (Bill), Millie Aucoin all of Massachusetts, and Betty Armstrong of New Hampshire, cousins, nieces and nephews. Irene was predeceased by her brother George and husband Clayton.

Cremation has taken place and friends are welcome to attend a time of visitation to be held at the Wilsons Beach Pentecostal Church, Campobello on Saturday, August 23rd, 2008 from A graveside service will immediately follow that visitation on Saturday scheduled for 2:00 pm at Head Harbour Cemetery, Wilson’s Beach, Campobello, NB. Pastor Randy Harris will officiate.

Donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, or NB Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be placed at www.humphreysfh.com

Capt. Burris W. Matthews Submitted by Heather Waddingham Added October 2008

Source: Telegraph Journal April 24, 2008

MATTHEWS, CAPTAIN BURRIS W. - Surrounded by his daughter and granddaughters, Burris W. Matthews went to be with his Lord on April 21, 2008 after courageously weathering the effects of Alzhiemers for several years. The son of Clarence and Aggie (Dow) Matthews, he was born on Campobello Island on December 8, 1919, one of nine children. He was predeceased by his parents, brother and lifelong business partner, Medford Matthews and sisters, Betty Jackson, Royce Calder, Jewel Calder and Phyllis Babcock, all of Campobello. He is survived by sisters, Lorene Barteau of Deer Island, Della Mathews and brother, Ivan Matthews of Campobello.

Burris was married to Jean (Jackson) Matthews on Campobello. They built a house on the hill at the site of the "old school house", where they lived happily until Jean went to be with the Lord on Nov 3, 1986, and where Burris continued to live until shortly before his passing. Burris is survived by their daughter, Donna (Savage) Adams of Campobello; five grandchildren, Terri (Don) Brown, Susan (Jim) MacFeat, Angela (Joe) Stuart, Andrew (Heather) Savage, and Kim Savage; six grandchildren, Jim and Molly Brown, Erica and Heather MacFeat, and Brett and Jessica Stuart. He was predeceased by his son-in-law, Steven Adams. Burris married his second wife, Norma Matthews, in January 1988 with whom he enjoyed nearly 20 years of companionship.

He is survived by Norma of Georgia; her children, Dianne (John) Speirs, Richard (Carrie) Davis and grandchildren, Paul (Laurie) Speirs, Tracy (Ronnie) Prince and great grandchildren, Jarod, Alex and Sydney and predeceased by Norma's son, Bobby (Gale) Davis. A small man with a tenacious work ethic, sharp mind and sometimes ornery determination, Burris was a fisherman who devoted his working life to the family business with his father and brothers, Medford and Ivan. They began fishing in small boats with their father in and around Campobello. Collectively they made significant contributions to the fishing industry, particularly purse seining. At the time of retirement they owned and operated two 120 foot steel purse seiners with state of art technology that they helped create.

Captain Matthews piloted ships safely through Head Harbor passage to Bayside for more than 20 years. A gifted navigator and boat handler, Burris earned the respect of many ships' Captains. He was as comfortable and capable in command on the bridge of a 750 foot ship as he was on a fishing boat. At age 75 he was still able to ascend the rope ladder on the side of a ship quickly and with ease. Burris was a man of faith who lived by example and who was truly devoted and committed to his family. Always willing to help, advice was given when requested, assistance was provided when needed and plain truth always revealed by his "twitting facts" and "the way I sees it", sometimes to make a point but always with his humorous wit which made those around him smile.

While saddened at his passing, everyone can find comfort in knowing that he is no longer suffering and is at home with the Lord. He will be always remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. Services will be from Wilson's Beach Baptist Church on Friday April 25, 2008 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Robert Weaver. Visiting hours will be at Wilson's Beach Baptist Church on Thursday April 24, 2008 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visiting hours for family will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute to the Edith Lank Camp or Wilson's Beach Baptist Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of Humphreys Funeral Home, 20 Marks Street, St. Stephen, NB, (506- 466-3110). Online condolences may be placed at www.humphreysfh.com

Emery J. Matthews Submitted by Heather Waddingham Updated September 2009

Emery J. Matthews

Campobello the death of Emery J, Matthews, Sr., 80, occurred at Charlotte County Hospital, St. Stephen. He was born at Wilson's Beach, Campobello, son of the late Oscar and Adavilla (Tucker) Matthews.

Mr. Matthews was a life-long resident of Wilson's Beach and associated in the fishing trade until his retirement. He was a member of the former county Coucil for a number of years and a well known figure to many in the area.  During the past year Mr. Matthews was presented a life membership in Charlotte County Progressive Conservative Association of which he was a staunch supporter.

Survivors include three sons, Audber, Burton and Emery Jr.; two daughters Mrs. William (Bessie) Fitzgerald and Mrs. Stanley (Vivian) Henderson, all of Wilson's Beach; one sister, Mrs Horace (Emily) Brown of New Bedford Mass.; twelve grandchildren, severn great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The body rested at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Stanley Henderson from where prayers were held followed by service conducted by REv. Francis Mabey at Wilson's Beach United Baptist Church of which he was a member.

Pallbearers were Orin Matthews, Burris Matthews, Chesley Brown, Daniel Mitchell, Melvin Mitchell and Alva Mitchell. Interment was made at Wilson's Beach Cemetery.


Source: Quoddy Tides December 22 1972 Page 26
 

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