George William Matthews

George William “Bill” Matthews, 90, formerly of Bath, passed away peacefully on Saturday Sept. 21, 2013, in Cedarbrook Fountain Hill Annex. He was the husband of Margaret Eleanor “Peggy” (Milne) Matthews for 56 years at the time of her passing in 2008.

Born in Williamsport to the late George Weber Matthews and Charity Vanding (Lowe) Matthews, his step-mother, Eloise Matthews, of Hughesville, died at the age of 97 last year.

He was of the Presbyterian faith.

A graduate of Ralston High School in 1940, he attended Syracuse University and studied at Harper College for three years, majoring in forestry.

Bill was self employed at Matthews Service Center, Allentown, for 10 years, where he sold and repaired electric shavers and other small appliances. Prior to that he was employed by Remington Rand for 30 years retiring in 1988.

A very talented oil and acrylic painter, he enjoyed fishing, bowling and traveling in the USA.

Drafted into the Army in 1942, he served as a military policeman in the China-Burma- India Theater.

He is survived by daughters, Margaret “Maggie” Newhard and husband Robert, of Allentown, Elizabeth Whitmore, of Bradenton, Fla., and Suzanne Bode, of Northampton; brothers, John Matthews, of Williamsport and Larry Matthews, of Troy, Pa.; sisters, Ellen Rae Houston, of Woodbridge, Va., Mary Treese, of Hughesville, Evelyn Holdren, of Ralston, and Kathy Schuler, of Williamsport; grandchildren, Matthew Adams, Erin Ducko, Nicole Matthews, Douglas and Jared Whitmore, Eric and James Bode, Brittany Olesh, and Zachary Saruba; great-grandchildren, Alexis and Shannon Adams, Devin Whitmore and Liam Ducko; daughter-in-law, Joanne Matthews, of Walnutport.

He was predeceased by daughter, Carron Knerr; son, William “Jeffrey” Matthews; granddaughter, Sarah Whitmore; and sister, Dorothy Holdren.

Services will be Tuesday Oct. 1, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the Gilbert Funeral Home, 444 Pershing Blvd., Whitehall, PA 18052, located one block south of the Fullerton Ave exit of Route 22. His family will receive guests starting at noon. Interment private.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Cedarbrook Fountain Hill Activity Fund, 724 Delaware Ave., Bethlehem PA 18015.