KINGSTON- Bernard G. Matthews, 83, son of the late George D. and M. Regina (Smith) Matthews, died at Golden Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center on Aug. 11, 2021. He was a life-long resident of Kingston. He earned college degrees from St. Jerome College, Kitchner, Ont., Marist College and St. John's University. He spent many years as a teacher and administrator, including Coleman Catholic High School. Eventually, he left working in schools and opened a learning center in Kingston. Bernie also took an active part in local government, having served on many committees as well as holding the position of commissioner. He had a great knowledge of the Kingston Fire Department, having done extensive research over the years. The Volunteer Firemen's Hall and Museum held a special place in his life. He also spent many hours doing genealogical research on the Matthews-Eigo families which he shared with them. He is survived by his brother, Br. Joseph Matthews, FMS of Poughkeepsie; his niece, Katherine (Matthews) Robertson (Hugh); his nephew, Philip Matthews and his son Christopher of Dallas, Texas; as well as many cousins. His brother , George H. Matthews and his wife Alice, as well as his brother, Br. Jerome Matthews, CSC, predeceased him. 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 on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. A funeral procession will form Wednesday 9 a.m.at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. at Saint Joseph's Church. Burial will follow in Saint Mary's Cemetery. Donations in Bernie's memory may be made to the Volunteer Firemen's Hall and Museum of Kingston, N.Y., P.O. Box 1501, Kingston, N.Y., 12402. https://www.lastingmemories.com/bernard-g-matthews
Published by the Daily Freeman from Aug. 13 to Aug. 15, 2021.