David George MATTHEWS


David George

On November 21, 2012 Dave Matthews of Elnora, passed away after a protracted illness, at the age of 78. Dave was born in Duchess, Alberta on July 31, 1934 to George and Fannie Matthews. He was an avid gardener, a ham radio operator, and a volunteer fire fighter. He founded the Elnora Chapter of AA – the No-Name Group. For a skinny guy, he sure loved to eat and was not afraid to try anything new – bringing his family kumquats, star-fruit and chocolate covered ants. He inspired a sense of adventure and a love of travel in his children. He and his wife Pat loved to hook up their fifth wheel trailer and drive. They travelled far and wide – from Victoria to St John’s, from Dawson City to Mexico. He looked forward to visits from his family. Many photos show Dave with a grandchild or great-grandchild on his lap, a drumstick in his hand, a paper crown on his head and a big grin on his face. He was predeceased by his parents, and siblings Charles, Nancy, Margaret, Joe, Hugh and Dorothy. He leaves to mourn his wife Patricia of Elnora and children Debora (Bob MacKinnon) of Halifax, Michael (Patricia) of Peace River, Deanna of Edmonton and Colleen (Don) Burren of Delburne; his grandchildren Melissa Simpson, Meghan and Ryley Burren, Alex and Michelle Houle, and Aaron Ingersoll and Alexandra Proctor; 4 great grandchildren Lily and Virginia Simpson, Arend and Devin Houle and many loving nieces and nephews. A celebration of David’s life will be held at 2 pm Monday, November 26th, 2012 at the Elnora Hall. Lunch to follow. Services entrusted by Kneehill Funeral Services. No flowers at the family’s request. Donations may be made to St. Mary’s Lodge, Trochu and the Elnora Museum.


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