10/30/2017 – Richard (Dick) L. Matthews, Clayton

10/30/2017 – Richard (Dick) L. Matthews, Clayton

Mr. Richard (Dick) L. Matthews, age 74, of Cantwell Drive, died Sunday, Oct. 29th, at the Samaritan Medical Center, where he had been a patient for a short time.

There will be a Celebration of Life starting at 6pm on Friday, Nov. 3rd, at the Knights of Columbus on James Street in Clayton.

Dick was born March 30, 1943, in Clayton, the son of Perl and Rhoda Jackson Matthews. He attended Clayton Schools.

He served in the United States Army from January of 1963, until he was honorably discharged in January of 1966.

On January 9th, 1965, he married Christine Thornton at the Methodist Church in DeKalb Junction.

Dick worked for over 40 years at St. Lawrence Restoration, restoring antique boats.

He was member of Dodge Hall.

Dick enjoyed antique tractors, putting around in his garage, woodworking, his airboat, which he built himself, ice skating, and raising hell with his brothers.

Surviving besides his wife Chrissy, is a son Jim, and a daughter Maggie Matthews both of Clayton; three grandchildren, Taylor, Morgan, and Dane; one brother, Stan of Oswego; his mother in law, Beverly Conklin; nieces and nephews.

Three brothers, James, Gene, and Gary, and two sisters, Cara Carnegie, and Carol Brown, all died before him.

Donations can be made in his name to Dodge Hall, c/o Sarah Matthews, 14972 Lovers Lane, Clayton, N.Y. 13624, or to T.I.E.R.S., P.O. Box 524, Clayton, N.Y. 13624.


  1. Chris Helmer Posted

    Aunt Chris, Maggie and Jim I am so sorry for the loss of Uncle Dick. My prayers are with you. He was a very special man. Rip! ❤

  2. Phil, Yuvon Marra Posted

    Chris sorry for loss of Dickie great memories , prayers for your family.

  3. Jimbrabant Posted

    Dick ,Rest In Peace I grew up with Dick and his family, always friends, always glad to see each other and have a friendly chat, Chris, Jim and Maggy my deepest condolences, Jimbrabant

  4. C. Perry Posted

    Chris and family, So sorry of your loss. Dick was a great person. Always teased him about his boat “Dickie Bird”, back in the day..He will be missed..

    Walt & Cathy Perry


    My thoughts are with your family Dick was such a great man, he worked on our boat many times at St Lawrence and saved many a weekend! May he rest in peace

  6. Jon & Janet Burrows Posted

    Dear Chris, Jom and Maggie, Isn’t easy saying good bye for now. But memories will bring you much joy and goodness with time. A life well spent.
    Janet and Jon Burrows

  7. Jon & Janet Burrows Posted

    Forgive me JIM, with and I, your dad had to be a good man because you are as well. Janet B.

  8. Jon & Janet Burrows Posted

    My fingers are not cooperating sir. Janet

  9. Fran Dartnell Posted

    Dear Chris and kids, I was so saddened to hear of Dick’s passing. We go back so many years….I remember when you two were dating. Dick was always a sweet guy and I loved his sense of humor. May he rest with the angels and may the Lord give you strength during this difficult time. He will surely be missed by many.

  10. Laura Brown Posted

    To all of the Matthews family, I am deeply saddened to hear of Dick Passing. To me he was a wonderful dear person of kindness and joy! My prayers, are with you all he will be very sadly missed!

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