Matthews, James Amos

Matthews-James Amos of St. Thomas. He was born April 1, 1930, the son of the late Henry and Pearl (Charlton) Matthews. Jim passed away on Saturday February 27th, 2016 at his residence. Husband of Doreen (Salt) for sixty three years, father of Stephen (Barbara) , Ruth, Douglas (Marlene), and Marie;. Brother of Wayne Matthews and the late Gordon. Jim was a life-long resident of St. Thomas. He founded several businesses starting with roofing which gave way to Matthews Trailer Sales, Cycle Craft, and Four Seasons Motorcycle Shop. He served his community as a Mason, Kiwanian, Shriner, and member of the Field Naturalists Club. After retiring from business he devoted years to the construction of bird banding facilities at Long Point and the promotion of the Hawk Cliff migration viewing area. Jim acquired a pilot’s licence before he was thirty. He loved fishing, boating, camping, bird watching, and traveled extensively. Known for his voice and red overalls he also learned how to be an auctioneer, a wood carver, sold real estate in semi-retirement, volunteered at Thomas the Train, Meal on Wheels, Yarmouth Heights fire station, and was always willing to help anyone at any time. He will be missed by many nephews and nieces as well as seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
There will be a memorial visitation at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas on Thursday, March 3rd,2016 from 1-3 p.m. A Celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Cremation has taken place. A reception will be held afterward at the Seniors Centre on Chestnut St. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Hawk Cliff Foundation (cheques payable to Thames Talbot Land Trust) , the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of choice.

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