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By The Cornishman  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

Theo Matthews

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Theo Matthews, St Erth

THERE was a large attendance at St Erth Parish Church for the funeral service of Theo Matthews, 83.

The service was conducted by the Reverend Patricia Murley; the organist was Mike Uren.

Theo was born in Rose Cottages, Chenhalls, St Erth, the only son of Herbert and Amelia.

He proposed to Valerie as teenagers and they married more than 62 years ago.

Having been educated at St Erth Primary School and Hayle Grammar School, he became an apprentice at J&F Pool, in Hayle, and qualified as a fitter and turner.

This apprenticeship was interrupted by National Service in the RAF and continued after his time spent at RAF Mountbatten, Plymouth. It was not long after completing his apprenticeship that he realised being indoors in a factory was not for him.

The freedom of the roads beckoned and he started working for the Esso Petroleum Company. He underwent training at the Plymouth depot and proudly brought the first articulated petrol tanker to the Hayle depot. He was then involved in training other drivers, too.

Later he undertook his heavy goods vehicle training and spent a time driving oil tanker lorries for Harvey's. He then went on to pass his public service vehicle test and began to work for the Western National Bus Company, based at Camborne.

He could often be seen cycling from St Erth to Camborne in all winds and weathers to get to work.

Over all this time, Theo's family grew and he became a very proud father of three sons and five daughters. Sadly, one son only lived for ten days.

He was joined at the bus company by his eldest son, Michael, as a driver, and by Valerie, who ran the works canteen.

This was an enjoyable period of his life, during which he and Val made many friends who are still in touch today.

During this time, he chauffeured younger son Jeremy to various places so that Jeremy could play the keyboard to entertain at different venues. Again he and Val made many friends.

He was immensely proud of all his children and happily helped them out whenever he could (after a little bit of moaning first), be it as dad's taxi, or dad the mechanic, or helping with whatever problem was thrown before him. Nothing was too much trouble.

Weddings started to take place and he was a proud father of the bride to his daughters, Penny, Audrey, Judy, Sharon and Beverley.

Inevitably grandchildren (12) followed and then seven great grandchildren; he became a loving grandad and great grandad to them all.

Sadly, during his retirement, his life changed after he suffered a stroke. This limited him somewhat but he was still able to drive for quite a few years, enjoying his and Val's shared love of gardens and gardening.

He was also diagnosed with a blood disorder and underwent treatment to put him in remission.

His health began to deteriorate over the years, until the time came when he needed full-time nursing care. He spent the last two years being cared for at the Millpond View Care Home, Hayle, where, even through the tough times caused by vascular dementia, his sense of humour came through on occasions and the sound of laughter could be heard coming from his room.

The care and love he received from the staff there was excellent.

Family mourners: Valerie Matthews, widow; Penny and Rod Waters, daughter and son-in-law; Michael and Carol Matthews, son and daughter-in-law; Audrey and John Toms, daughter and son-in-law; Jeremy Matthews and Karl Leverton, son and partner; Judith Curnow, daughter; Sharon and Umberto Ciliberto, daughter and son-in-law; Beverley and Michael Aye-Pe, daughter and son-in-law; Nancy Jenkin, sister; Brian Richards, brother-in-law; Louise Richards, niece; Christopher Penfold, grandson; Paula Matthews, granddaughter; Scott and Sian Matthews, grandson and wife; Holly Toms, granddaughter; Benjamin Curnow and Lucy Frost, grandson and fiancée; Andrew Curnow and Kayleigh Bennetts, grandson and fiancée; Hayley Tucker, grand-daughter; Chloe Ciliberto, granddaughter; Gabriella Ciliberto, granddaughter; Matthew Aye-Pe, grandson; Nicholas Penfold, great grandson; Adelaide and Kira Falls, great granddaughters; Danielle Aye-Pe, stepgranddaughter.

Unable to attend: Gary Penfold, grandson; Lewis Aye-Pe, grandson; Violet and Sienna Falls, great granddaughters; Jago and Cerys Matthews, great grandchildren; Dennis Ware, nephew; Michael Aye-Pe, stepgrandson.

Chosen bearers: Christopher Penfold, Scott Matthews, Benjamin and Andrew Curnow, grandsons.

Friends attending: Beatrice Aye-Pe; Mrs S Trevail, rep Mr D Trevail and Mr I and T Mitchell; Peter Cocks; Miss Jean Tripp, rep Mr and Mrs Orchard and Mrs Pryor; Mr and Mrs WE Jelbart; Sonia Lang, rep Adam and Ross Lang; Mrs Sylvia Thomas, rep Bobby Thomas; Geraldine Coombes, rep Colin Coombes and Edna Mitchell; Mr Roy Etherton, Margaret Nicholls, Mrs B Berryman; Alan Hicks, rep Kate Hicks; Mr and Mrs P Pascoe, Mr TH Hawkins, Mrs Hilda Stone, Mr and Mrs G Sullivan, Mary Honess; Mrs Sylvia Rule, rep Susan and Sara, Mrs D Curnow and Mr and Mrs C Goldsworthy; George Lawry; Marie Oliver, rep the therapy department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital; Beryl Philp, rep Brian Gooding and Pamela Webb; Peter Tallett, Hobby Roberts, Mrs H Pellow, Wendy Richards, Mrs Joyce Jenkin, Diana Webster; Mrs C Richards, rep the Richards family, Mrs Betty Basher and family; Mr and Mrs E Nicholas, rep Mr and Mrs D Nicholas; David Tucker; Mr RJ Taylor, rep Mrs AB Taylor; Wendy Eddy, rep Millpond View Care Home; Rachel Weston; Mr and Mrs P Pascoe, rep Mr and Mrs V Basher; Paddy Corrigan, Jim Hampton, David Letcher, Samantha Crocker; Mrs Penelope Ellis, rep the Ellis family; Mr K Rothero, rep Mrs Phylis Rothero; Frances Harrison, rep Millpond View Care Home; Dr and Mrs Hersant, rep Dave and Jenny Richards, nephew and niece; Ronald Weary; Mr and Mrs M Trathen, rep Mr and Mrs T Williams and Mr and Mrs P Towel; Nick Jones, rep family; Mr and Mrs Joyce and Ken Cock, Mr and Mrs Mick and Joy Rosevear; Mr and Mrs M Rich, rep Mr and Mrs J Richardson; Mrs Patricia Keast; Mrs B Pellow, rep Mr B Pellow; Mrs P Gillis; Amparo Heras, rep St Michael's Hospital; Reg and Carol Gawn, Terry Tonkin, Eleanor Nance, Beverley Richards, Robert Nance, Mr E Mockett, Steven Taylor, Mr Telfor Sedgeman; Mr and Mrs D Bird, rep Mr and Mrs A Tredrea, Emily and Victoria, Mr Graham Bird, Michaela, Ruby and Riley; Mrs Helen Temby, rep Alan Temby and Vie Care, cousin; Mrs Val Berryman, rep family; Mrs S Tonkin, rep R Tonkin; Mrs Marilyn Lawry, Mrs Z Ponting; Mr Michael Thomas, rep Elizabeth Thomas; Mrs Tracey Taylon, rep Jane Etherton; Mr DT Tippedd; Mrs Edna Hocking, rep Mr G Hocking; John and Susan Harper, rep Martin and Michelle Quick and Irene Harper; Mr and Mrs F Pellow, Mr and Mrs S Matthews; Mr and Mrs Terry Curnow, rep Tre Greggor; Mrs W Chappell, rep Mr A Chappell and family; Mrs M Andrews; Mrs O Trevorrow, rep Mr and Mrs A Oats and Mr and Mrs R Purchase; Mrs C Perry, rep former colleagues at the bus station; Mr and Mrs Ken Maddern; Mrs P Mitchel, rep Dennis Mitchel, Maureen Paull and family; Mr William Jenkin; Jenny Stephens, rep Millpond View Care Home; Mrs Sarah Taylor, rep Millpond View Care Home and Mr and Mrs C Pellow; Mrs Linda Taylor, rep Ted Taylor and family; Mr Horace James; Mr Roger Carter, rep Mr and Mrs R Pellow; Mr Chris Harris, rep Mr and Mrs W Allen; Mr D Thomas, rep Mrs M Thomas and Mr and Mrs Ron Hide; Mrs Anne Delbridge, rep Eileen and Mr and Mrs Ron Hide; Mr Antony Angove, Hugh Curnow, Mrs Bernadette Harvery; Miss M Pellow, rep Miss B Pellow; Mrs C Thomas, Mrs Graham Ellis.

Donations were received for The Royal British Legion and The Phoenix Stroke Appeal.

Funeral arrangements were by WJ Winn, Hayle.

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