November 15, 1937 – July 19, 2006
Bruce Goode Matthews passed away in Clearwater BC on July 19, 2006 after a brief illness. He was 68 years of age. Bruce is survived by Betty Lou, his loving wife of 48 years; his children Kim (Rob) Cholewa of St. Albert, AB, Brad Matthews (and his puppy Bentley) of Tsawwassen, BC and Carmie (Mike) Fuller of Mackenzie, BC; his grandchildren (who knew him affectionately as Bumpa), Christopher (DesirÃ©e) Fuller, Matthew Cholewa, Courtney Fuller and Jenna Cholewa; his great granddaughter Kinley Grace Fuller; his mother-in-law Dorothy Abraham of Kamloops BC; his sister Grace Asher of Maple Ridge BC; his brothers Bill (Alice) Hartford of Aldergrove BC and Doug Matthews of Ontario, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as several cousins in Ontario. Sadly, Bruce was predeceased by his parents and by his best friend, Baillie.
Bruce was born in Newton BC. He was a saw filer for 44 years. He delighted in fixing things, working in his work shop, and bike riding. Bruce enjoyed traveling; particularly memorable were the two trips he took across Canada – including the North West Territories — as well as time he spent in Chile and Peru. Bruce will be remembered as a very organized person; his work shop was kept in meticulous order. Bruce was also an extremely thoughtful person; even as his health failed in the past two months, Bruce felt and expressed concern for the health and wellbeing of those around him. Throughout Bruce’s life, his family – including his wife Betty Lou and his children – came first and foremost. He was a devoted and dedicated husband and father.
The family extends its sincere thanks to the caring staff at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital in Clearwater BC; donations in Bruce’s memory would be appreciated.
Following cremation, a Celebration of Bruce’s life took place on Saturday July 22, 2006 at Bruce and Betty Lou’s home on Thompson Drive in Clearwater. Arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, 73 Taren Drive, Box 2404 RR2, Clearwater, BC, V0E 1N0, ph. 250-674-3030.