Ray Matthews

1927 - 2020

Ray Milton Matthews - Veteran of WWII - of Wiarton, and formerly of Red Bay and Sarnia, peacefully at Gateway Haven on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at the age of 92 years. Beloved husband of the late Beatrice “Bea” Matthews (nee Hooper) for 64 years. Cherished father of Keith (wife Fran Greene), of Milton, Kevin (partner Sharon Vandervies), of Sarnia, and Kathryn (husband Dana Carey), of Red Bay. Devoted grampa of Jennifer, Melissa (Wil), Joel, Brett, Erin, Brittanae, Tonni, and Melissa; and great- grampa of 15. Brother of Philip (wife Karen), and Patricia (husband Ken Sirrett). Sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews, and friends. Predeceased by his parents, George and Greta; brother, Blake (wife Eva, nee Hatt); and sister, Helen (husband Bill Moore). Ray was proud to serve his country as a Merchant Marine, and to be a member of RCL #208, Wiarton. Professionally, Ray sailed on the Texaco Brave for 12 years reaching level of Captain, later working for 30 years on the Sun-Canadian Pipeline as Pump Station Operator in Sarnia. Arrangements made from the Thomas C. Whitcroft Peninsula Chapel, 272 Berford St., Wiarton (519) 534-5341. A service to celebrate Ray’s life will be conducted in the spring. Spring interment in Red Bay Cemetery. Donations to the Grey Bruce Animal Shelter, Friends of Gateway, or to Prostate Cancer Canada. Condolences may be expressed online at www.whitcroftfuneralhome.com

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