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Clarence Matthews - R.I.P.

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Old 07-22-2018, 01:47:24 AM
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It is with sadness that I am writing about the passing of my brother, Clarence "Red" Matthews today July 21, 2018 at 10:15PM at age 89. This was not unexpected as he had been in the hospital and then hospice prior to this point with an attack of infections including fungal, Sepsis and MRSA. These took a severe toll on his body over time, advancing to this point. Fortunately, we had a few good days in both the hospital and hospice to visit and communicate. Some endings are quick, some are slow and some are agonizingly slow. This took about two weeks and it takes energy from the living as well as the one who is passing. It is over now and he has moved on to a more restful place.

Clarence was a drafted veteran of the Korean War era, although with his graduation from mechanical and metal sciences at R.I.T. in Rochester, NY, he was selected to be an Army trainer at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. Prior to that, he was in boot camp at Ft. Dix, New Jersey and advanced to Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. He was married to Agnes there and then moved on to Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri.

After his Army time, he and his wife relocated to Rochester, NY where he worked at the Gleason Machine Works. Then he moved on to Watkins Glen, NY and the Bendix Factory in Elmira, working in development and testing on the Bendix Carburetors of that era. Then he took a job at the machine shop of Thatcher Glass Manufacturing Company and served as an Applications Engineer and asst. supervisor. He worked there for fifteen years and evaluated many aspects of bottle making and problems relating to mold life and mold durability in glass production.

Clarence and his wife Agnes had two daughters, Connie and Sindy and they attended school in Watkins Glen. Clarence was 12 years older than I, a young person in school at that time. He had helped me with Algebra in the 7th grade and I passed it and moved on to geometry, trigonometry and calculus. There came a time when they moved to Sarasota so as to be near warmer weather and family in Sarasota, Florida and he transferred to the Thatcher Glass Factory in Tampa, Florida.

His ultimate work took him to California to negotiate a sales and development position with Dameron Alloy Foundries. He was then selling metal products to the Glass Industry in many parts of the world. He put on seminars and sales presentations to many of the glass mold people in the world. At one time he had over 3,000 names in his computer, all were Production and Engineering people, as well as Mold manufacturers and Mold repair supervisors. He spent thirty years plus doing this work and it was all centered on development of mold component materials and methods used on the ABM Automatic Bottle Machines.

After his retiring, travel continued to the Western States to visit other relatives, friends and the National Parks and scenery of our country. My family and I joined them for a number of western trips and the pathways, scenery and stops along the way were very enjoyable. This produced fond memories that caused my own family to return to that northwestern area many times over the years.

Clarence, Rest in Peace. -- Harry Matthews


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Old 07-22-2018, 06:20:47 AM
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My condolences go out to you and your family.

I know how you feel. I lost my younger brother last year from complications arising from a life-long illness.
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Old 07-24-2018, 09:04:34 PM
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A very nice tribute Harry. Our most sincere condolences to you and yours, our family will remember Clarence in our prayers.

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Sorry to you and your family in the passing of your brother. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
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Old 08-06-2018, 05:22:28 PM
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So sorry for you loss, but happy for him that is is in a better place and no longer in pain.

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