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RAY MATTHEWS (published on February 18, 2010)

RAY MATTHEWS 1915 - 2010 It is with great sorrow but acceptance we announce the quiet passing of our Dad, Grandfather and Husband, Raymond Edwin Matthews on Sunday, February 14, 2010. He was predeceased by his parents Charles and Mae Matthews as well as his brothers Charlie, Wally, Alf and Clifford. He leaves behind, to forever remember him, his wife and only love, Florence (nee Craigie), his daughters Lori, Barb (Dave), Val (Doug), and Rae (Dale), his grandchildren, Bonnie, Jamie, Amanda (Ryan), Samantha (James), Tiffany (Ben), Cole and Carlen, great-grandson Matthew, sisters Olive (Dave) and Eileen, in-laws Doug and Donna, Irene, Eileen and Gil as well as many, many nieces, nephews and friends. Dad was born on Friday, August 13, 1915 in his parents' home on Worthington Avenue in St. Vital. He lived most of his life in St. Vital except for a few years as a child in Emerson, a place that he remembered fondly and continued to visit often. In 1946 he built their home at 115 Berrydale Avenue where he resided until his death. The most important things in life to Dad were his family and his home. Always a hard worker, Dad was employed as a machinist with Standard Machine Works for over 40 years as well as working evenings and weekends doing plumbing repairs and small installations an ad that many St. Vitalers will remember from the Lance. Dad was the kind of guy whose glass was always half full instead of half empty . Always armed with an arsenal of jokes (some corny) he would hit you with them the moment he saw you, along with the offer of a small smash . When he wasn't tinkering in his garage or working in the yard, Dad could usually be found talking to someone, either in the neighbourhood or on the phone. His gift of the gab was infamous and he loved being the center of attention. Beginning in the mid 60s Mom and Dad began camping and were members of the Wandering Wheels Trailer Club where they made numerous friends and enjoyed countless weekends caravanning across the country only giving it up when it became too tough for him to get around. Although healthy pretty much all of his life, Dad's last year was a difficult one for him. Not being able to get outside to shovel snow or work in his garage was something he couldn't accept. His mind was sharp until the end and his sense of humor never left him. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and hopefully thought of as someone who enriched their lives. Funeral services will be held at Green Acres Funeral Home and Cemetery on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to the charity of your choice. GREEN ACRES Funeral Home and Cemetery 1 Green Acres Lane, Springfield (204) 222-3241 Hwy #1 East inside the Perimeter at Winnipeg Condolences may be sent to:

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