Matthews, Lloyd George

Matthews, Lloyd George, O'Leary, Postmaster
B: 05 Mar 1916
D: 20 May 1999
M: 02 Nov 1939, (1) Velda Mae Matthews b. 02 Aug 1920 d. 16 Jan 1974). She was the daughter of James Percy Matthews (called Percy) and Mae Williams. Percy was the son of Charles Matthews and Margaret Jane, called Jane, Brander. Charles was the son of Alexander Matthews (b. 1809) and Mary (Matthews) Matthews (b. 1810).

M: 07 Aug 1974, (2) Lois Marie (Matthews) Hardy, Lois Marie was the widow of Erskine Hardy. She was the daughter of Arthur Rennie Matthews and Janetta MacArthur.

FN: George M. Matthews
MN: Emma Carruthers

Children of George M. Matthews and Emma Carruthers:

1. Lloydia Matthews
M: Unknown Scavuzzo, Had twin children:

Linda Scavuzzo
Derek Scavuzzo

2. Gary Matthews
B: 08 May 1949
D: 09 Aug 1973

3. Nadine Matthews
M: Dale Dennis, lived in Knutsford and had three girls:

Melissa Dennis
Crystal Dennis
Denise Dennis

4. Kevin Matthews, lived in Knutsford

Step-children of Lloyd George Matthews:

1. Gordon Hardy, Victoria, B.C.
2. Leigh Hardy, Calgary, Alta.

From the Journal Pioneer Newspaper:

MATTHEWS -- The death occurred at the Community Hospital in O'Leary, Thursday, May 20, 1999, of Lloyd G. Matthews of O'Leary, Second World War, aged 83. Son of the late George and Emma (nee Carruthers) Beloved husband of Lois (nee Matthews). Dear father of Loydia Scavuzzo, Summerside; Nadine (Dale) Dennis,Knutsford; and Kevin, Knutsford. Step-father of Gordon (Carol) Hardy, Victoria, B.C., and Leigh Hardy, Calgary, Alta. Loving grandfather of six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Brother of Weldon, Halifax, N.S.; Gerald (Peggy), Summerside; and Elmer (Carrie), Kingston, N.S. Brother-in-law of Thelma Matthews, Summerside; Jean (Foster) Harris, O'Leary; Beatrice (Sid) Rennie, Alberton; Ola (Fred) Rennie, Alberton; Denton (Cathy) Matthews, Michigan,U.S.A.; and Georgie Scott, Alberton. Predeceased by his first wife Velda, son Gary and brother Fred. Resting at the Ferguson Funeral, Home, and Chapel,351 Main St., O'Leary, with visiting hours Saturday 2-4 and 7-9. Funeral at the O'Leary United Church on Sunday at 2 p.m. Interment will follow in the Bloomfield United Cemetery. Memorial donations to Maple House or the O'Leary Community Health Foundation would be appreciated. The Royal Canadian Legion, O'Leary Branch No. 2, will hold a service of remembrance at the funeral home at 6:45 p.m. Saturday and the Corinthian Lodge No. 19 will hold a memorial masonic service at the funeral home at 9 P.M.


The largely-attended funeral for Lloyd G. Matthews, veteran of the Second World War, of O'Leary, husband of Lois Matthews, was held Sunday, May 23,1999, from Ferguson Funeral Home and Chapel, O'Leary, to the O'Leary United Church. The service was conducted by Rev. Brian DeLong, assisted by Rev. Heber Colbourne, who delivered the message. Granddaughter Crystal Dennis spoke on fond memories of her grandfather on behalf of the family. Pianist was Merilyn Carew. Congregational hymns were Beyond the Sunset and Amazing Grace. Geralda Arsenault and Astrid Johnson sang a duet, He Touched Me.The choir selection was Let There Be Peace. The honorary pallbearers were Dr. T.R. Verma, Dr. George Dewar, David Baglole, Doreen Matheson, Leith Arbing, Ken Leard, Raeford MacLean, Ed Hardy, Sam Cornish, Verna Vatcher and Gordon Hardy. The pallbearers were James Baglole, Neil MacKay, Alden Weeks, Hazen Lewis, Wesley Gallant and Leigh Hardy. The flowerbearers were Ursula Cornish, Janet Hardy, Geralda Arsenault, Vivan Phillips, and Glennis MacDonald. Interment was in the Bloomfield United Cemetery. The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 2, O'Leary, conducted a service of remembrance for their late comrade at the funeral home on Saturday evening at 6:45 p.m. with service conducted by padre Rev. Brian DeLong. The sergeant-at-arms was Keith Stetson and flag bearers were Legion president Bruce Gallant, Ernie Harvie and Elmer Arsenault. Corinthian Lodge No. 19, O'Leary, held a Masonic service at the funeral home Saturday at 9 p.m. for their late brother under the direction of Master RobertTurner. The service was conducted by Norman Larter, assisted by chaplain Colston Wood. Parade marshall was Harding Boulter. In attendance was the Most Worshipful Philip Henderson, Grand Master of Masons for P.E.I., past Grand Masters Allison Ellis, Bush Dumville and David P. MacLean.


Lloyd G. Matthews passed away peacefully on May 20, 1999 at the Community Hospital, O'Leary, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born March 5, 1916, the son of George and Emma (Carruthers) Matthews, O'Leary. Like his four brothers, Lloyd served his country overseas during the Second World War.

In 1935, he opened "The Little Gypsy Tea Room" in O'Leary. He also operated a shore store in Tatamouche, N.S. and in 1947 he joined his cousin in opening a Clothing and Footwear Store in O'Leary. In 1958, he became Post Master at O'Leary Post Office, a position he held until his retirement in 1980.

Lloyd was very active in community affairs having served as president of the Royal Canadian Legion, O'Leary, a Scoutmaster, a member of the Corinthian Lodge, a charter member and fomer president of the O'Leary Lion's Club, a director of A.M.R. and a founding member of Maple House Inc., a sheltered workshop for adults. He was a faithful member and strong supporter of O'Leary United Church.

In his leisure years, he became a skilled craftsman and made many unique articles for the craft industry. For several years he thoroughly enjoyed spending the winter months in Florida as well as other travel and camping experiences during the summer months.

Precious memories of Lloyd will include his friendliness, his interest in people, his keen sense of humor and his many acts of kindness to family and friends. In the last year of his life he continued to be exceptionally alert and demonstrated his usual keenness of mind as he became computer literate.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Velda, in 1974. From that marriage he leaves to mourn two daughters: Lloydia Scavuzzo, Summerside, and Nadine (Dale) Dennis, Knutsford; and one son, Kevin, Knutsford. He was a loving grandfather of Melissa (Ashley) Keenan, Crystal and Denice Dennis, Linda and Derek Scavuzzo, and Molly Matthews and great-grandfather to Ashton Keenan and Leah Esser. A son, Gary, predeceased him in 1974.

He also leaves to mourn his loving wife, Lois: stepsons, Gordon and Leigh Hardy and two step grandchildren, Paul and Cheryl Hardy. As well, he is survived by three brothers: Weldon, Halifax; Gerald, Summerside; and Elmer, Kingston, N.S. He was predeceased by a brother, Fred.

The funeral was held on May 23, from the Ferguson Funeral Home to O'Leary United Church were service was conducted by Rev. Brian DeLong. Rev. Heber Colbourne delivered a message of comfort and inspiration. Music was under the direction of Merilyn Carew. The choir sang Let There Be Peace. A duet He Touched Me was beautifully rendered by Astrid Johnson and Geralda Arsenault. Congregational hymns were Beyond The Sunset and Amazing Grace. Crystal Dennis spoke of the fond memories of her grandfather on behalf ofthe family.

Honorary pallbearers weere Dr. T. R. Verma, Dr. George Dewar, Gordon Hardy, David Baglole, Doreen Matheson, Leith Arbing, Ken Leard, Raeford MacLean, Ed Hardy, Sam Cornish and Verna Vatcher.

Active pallbearers were Leigh hardy, Neil MacKay, Alden Weeks, James Baglole, Wesley Gallant and Hazen Lewis. Flowerbearers were Geralda Arsenault, Janet Hardy, Ursula Cornish, Vivian Phillips, and Glennis MacDonald. Interment was in the Bloomfield United Church Cemetery.

There's someone who misses you sadly
In a home where you used to be
There's someone who wanted to keep you
But God willed it not to be.
You left some beautiful memories
And sorrows too great to be told,
But to us who loved you and lost you
Your memory will never grow old.


We express our sincere thanks to Dr. T. R. Verma, Dr. Reid, nurses and staffs of Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Community Hospital, Rev. Brian DeLong, Rev. Heber Colbourne, directors of Ferguson Funeral Home, Merilyn Carew, Astrid Johnson, Geralda Arsenault, choir, honorary and active pallbearers and flowerbearers. A sincere thank you to those who gave flowers, memorials, messages of sympathy and brought food to our homes. A special thank you to Geralda Arsenault and Janet Hardy for the loving care provided to Lloyd. All kindnesses are deeply appreciated and will long be remembered.


Anna Lee MacDonald, 13 Feb 2000, <>