Winfield Mathews

Winfield Joseph Mathews

Sunday, August 4th, 1940 - Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020
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Winfield Joseph “Sonny” Mathews, 79, of Campton, died on July 22, 2020 at his home, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in New Hampton, NH. on August 4, 1940, he was the son of Winfield and Velma (Ewens) Pittsley.

Sonny grew up in the New Hampton and Bristol area. He resided in Compton California for about five years and return to Thornton, where he lived for twenty years. He has been a resident of Campton for the past thirty years.

Sonny worked for Oceanside Machine Shop, in California, for several years. He was in the building trade for most all his life. He worked as a tool repairman for the former Wicks Lumber, in Meredith, and as a self-employed building contractor for many years.

Sonny was predeceased by his brothers, Patrick and William Mathews, and a sister, Marguerite Moses.

Sonny is survived by his wife of fifty-nine years, JoAnn L. (Thompson) Mathews, his son, Douglas Mathews and his wife Charlene, grandchildren, Kyle Mathews and Bryanna Mathews, brothers, Phillip Mathews and his wife Cynthia, Alva Pittsley, Orin Pittsley, sisters, Ruth Racette and her husband Bob, Rosella Boyce and her husband Ronnie, many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in the Blair Cemetery, Blair Bridge Road, Campton, on Wednesday, July 29th at 10am. The Rev. Christopher Drew will officiate.

The Mayhew Funeral Homes and Crematorium, in Plymouth and Meredith, are assisting the family with their arrangements.
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  • Service

    Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 10:00am
    Blair Cemetery
    Blair Road
    Campton, NH 03223
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  • Interment

    Blair Cemetery
    Blair Road
    Campton, NH 03223
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Private Condolence

Ronald Landry

Posted at 02:25pm
For Sonny's family, sorry for your loss.
Ron Landry.

Cynthia Poire Mathews

Posted at 09:56pm
March 14, 1992 was a special day for me, for it was on this day that I won two of life’s most important “lotteries”. The first was the “love lottery”, because I married the love of my life Philip Mathews that day. The second win was related to the first; for it was on that same day I also gained Sonny Mathews and his wife Joann as my brother and sister-in-law.

On that cold winter morning of our wedding day in Plymouth, NH, the altar at St Matthews Church could not have been graced by two more attractive, though disparate looking brothers; Sonny as best man had the dark, swarthy good looks that betrayed the Mathews Family French and Welsh ancestry, while my handsome, fair-complexioned husband favored the family’s Irish and Scottish roots.

Over the years, I have learned that, while Philip and Sonny never looked all that much alike, these two brothers had much in common. Above all, dedication to family was sine qua non for both brothers. Over the years, I saw Sonny and Joann lovingly take care of family, so there was never a doubt in my mind that they would be there for Philip and me in a heartbeat if we ever needed them. While Sonny, in his later years especially, liked to play the role of “Grumpy Old Man”, it was an act that (very) unsuccessfully hid his big heart and compassionate nature.

During their lives together, Sonny and Joann shared a love, too, for all animals great or small, wild or domestic. Lucky indeed were the cats, dogs, horses, and other creatures that shared their home or their land over the years.

Professionally, Sonny had the unique gift of creative intelligence, and was able to build, repair, and repurpose virtually anything, using his skilled hands and artistic imagination.

Friendly and curious, Sonny and Philip were blessed with the “gift of gab”; both having the tendency to enter into fascinating, though often prolonged conversations with total strangers anywhere they went. From the local grocery store to the random café in a foreign country, these brothers could and would chat away with just about anyone. I doubt that Philip and Sonny ever knew how often Joann and I have smiled and rolled our eyes over the years as we would exchange our latest stories of how the recent “quick trip to the hardware store” morphed into an hour long excursion due to the innate inquisitiveness and loquacious nature of our husbands.

During the last three years, I was witness to Sonny’s courage and grace, matched one for one by Joann, as they both brought battle to the disease (cancer) that would ultimately end his life. Of course, I had learned by now to expect nothing less from this remarkable couple.

In the end, the world lost a good man in Sonny Mathews. However, the legacy Sonny leaves behind are two more good men: his son Doug and grandson Kyle, and a good woman in his granddaughter Bryanna. Sonny also leaves a lifetime of happy memories with those of us who were lucky enough to have known him.

So, rest easy now, Sonny, and in peace until we meet again.

Velma Papkey

Posted at 10:58am
Uncle Sonny was such a character. We loved him dearly. We was always doing something to get us tiled up or laughing. We spent a lot of time with him when we lived in California. I remember our family, , JoAnn and Doug, piling into my dad's station wagon and driving eithervout to the desert or up to the mountains. We had some great times. Those were such fun times for us. He was loved by many and he will be missed. God Bless his family.

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