John Herbert (Jack) Matthews

John Herbert (Jack) Matthews

John Herbert (Jack) Matthews died in Hillside Village, Salmon Arm, BC in the early hours of Monday, January 31, 2011 at 88 years of age, surrounded by loving support of his daughter, Laverne, granddaughter Tressa and great granddaughter, Rebecca.

A celebration of life service will be held from the chapel of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm, on Saturday afternoon, February 5th at 2 p.m. with Jack Bowers the funeral celebrant, with tributes by family and friends.

Cremation with interment to follow at a later date in the family plot in Mt. Ida Cemetery.

Born in Vegreville, Alberta on April 10, 1922, Jack attended school in Fort McLeod, then moved to Notch Hill, later Canoe. He lived an active and interesting life, including serving in WW II in 1939 with the armed forces, with an honorable discharge in 1941 due to a medical issue.

Work included gold mining at Manson Creek, Federated Co-Op from 1959 to 1984, being a belt splicer expert. He was a jack of all trades with ability to fix anything.

Jack’s granddaughter Tressa provided tender loving care of 16 months, allowing him to remain in the beauty of his own home at Canoe until moving into Hillside Village in late December.

Predeceased by his wife, Edith Gwendolyn (Dodes) in 1989; his father, Herbert, mother, May, sister, Marion, brothers, Robert (Bob) and Donald.

Jack leaves his daughter, Laverne (Howard) Hobson of Calgary; 4 grandchildren, Tressa (Ron Pincheira), Colin (Launa), Michael (Cherri), Russ (Sherry) Dutton; great grandchildren, Kyle, Monique, Rebecca, Zackery, Brayden, Kaleb, Joshua, Rylie, Devra and Brooklyn; two step great grandchildren, Carlos and Shyanne. Also survived by sister in law, Pearl Matthews of Hillside Village and long time friend, Anita Frank of Edmonton.

Memorial donations in memory of Jack may be sent to the B.C. Children’s Hospital or to the BC Variety Club.

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Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.

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