Basil Matthews

Basil Matthews

1923 - 2017

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Obituary of Basil Matthews

Basil W. Matthews, 94 of Ellenburg Depot passed away Monday, August 21, 2017 at the CVPH Medical Center with his son and daughter in law by his side.  Born in Greensboro, VT to Arthur and Inez Matthews of So. Reading, VT.  He grew up in So. Reading, VT and was a resident of Vermont for 90 years.


Basil entered the U.S. Army during WWII, served in England as a dental assistant and went to the front during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium as a combat medic.  There he was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor and the Purple Heart due to being wounded in action.


He married Ruth E. Holcomb of Ludlow, VT Nov 1, 1945 and celebrated 67 years of marriage before her passing in June, 2013

They had 5 children; Maryann who passed away at age 3, daughter, Carol Davis and her husband Sonny of Chittenden, VT; son, Basil Matthews and his wife Kim of Ellenburg Depot, NY; son, Edward Matthews, address unknown; Connie Hagen, deceased 1995.  He had numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.


Basil loved hunting, fishing, archery, pistol shooting and was a champion horse shoe competitor.  He was a formidable card player, checker and chess player.  Basil was a loyal Boston Red Sox fan.  He was a self –made carpenter, building several homes in the Reading, VT area.  He retired from General Electric in Rutland, VT.  During his retirement, he enjoyed several years wintering in Zephyrhills, FL.  As a faithful Christian, he served in leadership in his church in Proctorsville, Vt, preaching on several occasions.  He loved his German Shepherd dog, Brandy and greatly enjoyed the companionship of Major, Basil Jr’s German Shepherd after relocating to Ellenburg Depot, NY.  Basil greatly enjoyed many backyard campfires roasting hot dogs and marshmallows.  He enjoyed eating out at several diners and restaurants in the Plattsburgh area.  One of Basil’s most cherished memories was being involved with the North Country Honor Flight, flying to Washington D.C. in Sept, 2013

Never wavering in his faith, he looked forward to reaching his eternal home in Heaven to meet his Savior and reunite with his wife, Ruth.


He was predeceased by 9 brothers & sisters, including his twin sister, Barbara Stevens, who passed last year.


A celebration of Basil’s life will be Friday, August 25, 2017 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Ross Funeral Home in Mooers.  A service with military honors will be at 6:30 p.m.


Arrangements are in the care of the Ross Funeral Home.