MATTHEWMAN, Fred Matthewman -WWII - Passed away peacefully at Hallowell House, Picton, Ontario on August 4, 2017 at 94 years of age, with his family at his side.
Formerly of Victoria, British Columbia, Fred moved to Picton to be closer to family.
Fred was born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England on February 13, 1923. He was the eldest son of Tom and Dora`s five children; Louie Lee (Calgary), Ronald Matthewman (Windsor), Doris Fryer (Dewsbury) and Irene Smith (Dewsbury, deceased in 2007).
Fred and his wife Betty (nee Snare, deceased 1973) and their son Peter immigrated to Canada in1953. They settled in Calgary, Alberta where their daughter Susan was born.
Fred was proud of his years in the British Navy (Merchant Marine). He served as a gunner on ships in the North Atlantic Convoys, the Mediterranean and North African campaigns, as well as the Indian Ocean. Fred was a long-time member of the Canadian Legion and most recently a member of Picton Branch 78.
After the war Fred completed art school in Dewsbury, Yorkshire. He worked as a graphic designer in Canada and the USA and was instrumental in designing the Manitoba pavilion for Expo 67.
In 1974 Fred married Paula Nestoruk and they shared 39 happy years together until Paula’s death in 2013.
Fred’s favourite retirement pastime was watching football (preferably US college games) on TV while snacking on candies and chips.
Fred will be missed by his son Peter (Joscelyn) of Waupoos, Ontario and his daughter Susan of Edmonton and her children Tyler Dianocky and Katey Dianocky (Deane) of Darwin, Australia, his brother Ronald Matthewman of Windsor, sisters Louie Lee of Calgary and Doris Fryer of England.
Fred will be equally missed by his stepdaughters Jill Nestoruk, her children Ryan and Kyle (Danelle) and Carol Nestoruk Leiblein (Rudy) and their children Veronika, Samuel and Daniel in Germany. As well as his stepson Peter Nestoruk and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews in Canada and England.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. P. Johannsson, NP Shannon McKennitt and the caring staff at Hallowell House. Sincere thanks also to Valencia Logan for her thoughtful and compassionate care along the journey.
A celebration of his life will be held at Church of Ascension in Windsor, Ontario where his brother, Venerable Ronald Matthewman will officiate. At his request, Dad was cremated and wants some of his ashes to be dispersed on the Pacific Ocean. “Why the Pacific Ocean, Dad?” “Because that is the only ocean where I did not serve during the war!”
In lieu of flowers and to honour Fred’s life, donations would be welcomed at Hospice Prince Edward, 40 Downs Avenue, Picton Ontario KOK 2T0.