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Ronald W. Matthews Obituary
Ronald W. Matthews KINGSTON- Ronald W. Matthews, 81, of Linderman Avenue, Kingston died Saturday evening, July 26, 2014 at HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus with his loving family by his side. Born June 15, 1933 in Kingston; he is a son of the late Robert and Mildred (Sparling) Matthews. Ron served our country in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Laffey from 1952 to 1956. He is a member of the Tin Can Sailors, U.S.S. Laffey Association and the Joyce Schirick Post 1386 VFW. He was employed by IBM for 33 years; retiring in 1990. A 64 year volunteer firefighter; Ron was a member and president of Union Hose Co. 4 in the City of Kingston. He is a member of the Exempt Firemen’s Association of the City of Kingston, the Ulster County Volunteer Fireman’s Association, and was the President and Founding Member of the Kingston Volunteer Fireman’s Museum. He was the founding member and caretaker of the Fireman’s Park in Kingston; and was once appointed by Mayor Dick White to serve as a Commissioner for the City of Kingston Fire Department. Ron was the leader of Pack 3 Cub Scouts and was also the Chairman of Troop 3. A parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church in Kingston; Ron served as an usher and a member of the Holy Name Society. He also was a member of the City of Kingston Charter Revision Committee, and was a valued member of the support staff at the Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc. Surviving is his beloved wife Jacqueline A. (Quigley) Matthews, children; Michael Matthews, Cathy Harshberger and her husband Clay, Daniel Matthews, Timothy Matthews and his fiancée Dolly Merritt, Maureen Ciaglo and her husband James. A brother; John Matthews and sisters Marie Schussler and Jeanne Benson survive. Loving “Poppy” of; Heather Morse and her husband Pete, Tara, Kayla, Stephen, Kevin and Meghan Matthews, Clay David, Laura, and Matthew Harshberger, Christopher, Jillian and Connor Ciaglo, Great “Poppy” to Finn Morse and Step-”Pop” to Michelle and Becky Merritt. Many nieces and nephews also survive. Children; Stephen Matthews and Maryanne Matthews, brothers; Robert J. Matthews and Richard J. Matthews, sister; Eileen Tierney and a grandson Patrick Jon Ciaglo all died previously. Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc. 27 Smith Avenue, Kingston. www.jvleahyfh.com. Friends will be received at the funeral home Monday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. A funeral procession will form Tuesday 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Kingston. Burial with Military Honors will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kingston Volunteer Fireman’s Museum: P.O. Box 1501 Kingston, N.Y. 12401 or St. Joseph’s Church 242 Wall Street Kingston, N.Y. 12401
Published in the Daily Freeman on July 28, 2014
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