Mr. Richard (Dick) L. Matthews, age 74, of Cantwell Drive, died Sunday, Oct. 29th, at the Samaritan Medical Center, where he had been a patient for a short time.
There will be a Celebration of Life starting at 6pm on Friday, Nov. 3rd, at the Knights of Columbus on James Street in Clayton.
Dick was born March 30, 1943, in Clayton, the son of Perl and Rhoda Jackson Matthews. He attended Clayton Schools.
He served in the United States Army from January of 1963, until he was honorably discharged in January of 1966.
On January 9th, 1965, he married Christine Thornton at the Methodist Church in DeKalb Junction.
Dick worked for over 40 years at St. Lawrence Restoration, restoring antique boats.
He was member of Dodge Hall.
Dick enjoyed antique tractors, putting around in his garage, woodworking, his airboat, which he built himself, ice skating, and raising hell with his brothers.
Surviving besides his wife Chrissy, is a son Jim, and a daughter Maggie Matthews both of Clayton; three grandchildren, Taylor, Morgan, and Dane; one brother, Stan of Oswego; his mother in law, Beverly Conklin; nieces and nephews.
Three brothers, James, Gene, and Gary, and two sisters, Cara Carnegie, and Carol Brown, all died before him.
Donations can be made in his name to Dodge Hall, c/o Sarah Matthews, 14972 Lovers Lane, Clayton, N.Y. 13624, or to T.I.E.R.S., P.O. Box 524, Clayton, N.Y. 13624.