March 8, 1954 - March 28, 2023
In Loving Memory ~
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Cindy Lee. His sons, Chuck (Alice), Geoff (Rachelle), and grandson Waylon Douglas.
Willy was predeceased by his father Wilfred Matthew (Simpcw First Nation), and his mother Delores Matthew (Daughter of Hyacinth and Selena Jules- Skeetchestn). His brothers; Ron and Sam. Sisters; Bertha, Ellanor, and Norma.
He is survived by his sister Martha and brother Keith, along with many family members.
Willy lived his entire life on Simpcw First Nation. He worked in the forestry industry and ran his own company, W D Matthew Log Transport Ltd., hauling logs in the North Thompson Valley, from 1991 until his retirement.
After retirement, he continued to work for his sons in whatever capacity he was needed. He was a grader operator for the last 5 years. Working with his sons brought him great satisfaction, as he was so proud of their accomplishments.
Willy was overjoyed to be able to spend the last two years with his grandson Waylon and celebrate his second birthday. They made many happy memories playing and laughing together, getting into all kinds of mischief.
Willy was a family man. He was happiest with his family around him for celebrations, and holidays. Hawaii was his favourite place to visit. He spent many weekends with his family camping, fishing, and looking for gold in the North Thompson Valley.
He worked hard throughout the years to provide the best life possible for his family, driving daily on some of the most demanding roads. Along the way, instilling his family values and work ethic into his sons. His experiences and knowledge of business in the forest industry played a key role in the success of his son's companies.
Willy had a love for fast cars, every streetlight was a drag race, every car ahead of him had to be passed. It probably all started the first time he drove a truck to school in grade 6.
He will be missed, but his memory will be carried in our hearts forever.