Our father, a veteran of WWII, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2007 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont., with family at his side.
Gordon was born to Donald (Don) Matheson and Marie Hogan in Devlin, Ont. on Feb. 19, 1925.
Gordon attended St. Mary’s School in Fort Frances and was remembered for years by the teaching Sisters for being a “gentleman and an artist.” He later attended Fort Frances High School until he left to enlist in the Navy in 1942 to serve his country in WWII.
His time in the military instilled a pride he carried with him throughout his life.
Upon returning home, Dad worked in bush camps until 1950, when he was hired at Canada Customs, where he worked until his retirement. He was instrumental in forming the union and was the first shop steward at Canada Customs Fort Frances.
His fondest memories of working are of summers spent at remote Customs outposts along Northwestern Ontario’s border.
He was predeceased by parents, Donald Matheson and Marie Hogan; brothers, Ivan (Ikey) Matheson, and Ed, Reg, and Paul Hogan; and sisters, Vera Anderson and Evelyn Joseph.
Gordon is survived by his sister-in-law, May Matheson of Fort Frances, Ont.; sister, Irene Dworsky of Laguna Hills, Calif.; and brother, Leo Hogan of Victoria, B.C.
Lovingly remembered by his companion of many years, Jean Hoffman.
He also is survived by his children, Don Matheson of Emo, Ont., and Bruce Matheson (Kim), Richard Matheson, Graham Matheson (Trish Mainville), Janet Bell (Wade), and Kathleen Matheson, and their mother, Helen Matheson, all of Fort Frances, Ont.
Also surviving are his grandchildren, Christopher (Aimee) Matheson, Nicole Matheson (Robin), Tyler Bell, Lauren Matheson, April Matheson, Jocelyn Matheson, Robert Matheson, Meghan Bell, and Gordon and Donald Matheson; two great-grandchildren, Connor and Corbin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gordon was a past president and life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29, and will be remembered for his dedication and many years of service to the branch in various capacities.
He was a very intelligent, articulate man who always had a story to share with his many friends.
An avid curler with a love of the game as a player and a spectator, he taught his children and grandchildren the “roaring” game.
He also was a gifted artist with a talent for leather crafts and sign painting. His work is known throughout the district.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of service.
At Dad’s request, the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 will perform their Legion tribute as part of the service.
Dad had always had great admiration for a young man in uniform with an interest in seamanship and things naval.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be directed to the Fort Frances Sea Cadets c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.