MATTHEWS, Edward W. “Ed”,of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, May 26, 2013, surrounded by his family, in his 79th year. Beloved husband and best friend for 57 years to Jean (nee Beckett) Matthews. Dearly loved father of Cheryl Hart of St. Thomas, Julie Nichols and her husband Gilbert, and Kerry Matthews, all of London. Proud grandfather of Aaron Hart, Drew Hart, and Steven Nichols, and great-grandfather of Rachel Hart. Dear brother of Celia Wilton and her husband Don of St. Thomas, and the late James L. Matthews (his wife Joan of St. Thomas). Also remembered by several in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews. Born in St. Thomas, October 19, 1934, he was the son of the late Walter and Catherine (nee Clarke) Matthews. Ed was a retired Chesapeake & Ohio Railway clerk. He was a former member of the St. Thomas Curling Club and the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre. Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Wednesday evening, May 29th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held Thursday, May 30th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in Union Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined. If so desired, memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be appreciated.