Ellicottville - Carlton Matthews Jr., 74, of Ellicottville, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday (Aug. 6, 2013).
Born in Buffalo, in 1939, to Carlton and Peggy Matthews, he lived most of his life in Ellicottville. He graduated from Penn State University
, in 1962, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Psychology.
Matthews' love of the outdoors brought him to Ellicottville, in 1970, where he established the Carl Matthews Plumbing business. He left his mark throughout the village of Ellicottville and the valley that he loved as the plumbing contractor for many condo complexes and numerous homes, and had the vision to restore and relocate the original Ellicottville Depot to its current location. He will always be remembered by his numerous friends and family for his love of adventure and "work hard/play hard" attitude toward life. He was an avid skier and hiker who enjoyed competing in mountain bike and endurance motorcycle racing.
Matthews was the loving husband to his best friend and wife of 20 years, Pam (Neal); proud father of Suzanne (Thomas) Dunkleman, of Bellevue, Neb. and Elizabeth (Sean) Lowes, of Ellicottville; and loving grandfather to Heidi, Erin, Matthew, Rachel and William Dunkleman. He is predeceased by his brother, James, of Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.; and his beloved pets George, Max, Sammy, Ben and Zoe.
The family received friends on Friday (Aug. 9, 2013), from 4-8 p.m. at the Mentley/O'Rourke Funeral home, 411 Rock City St., Little Valley, N.Y.
A service was held at the funeral home on Saturday (Aug. 10, 2013), at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made in Matthews' name to the SPCA in Cattaraugus County, P.O. Box 375, Olean, N.Y. 14760, or online at spcacattco.webstarts.com.