| August/September 1992

GEORGE MATTHEWS, my father, was born in Lakewood, New Jersey December 10, 1913 and died March 26, 1992.

He was employed by Lakewood Township as a mechanic, and later retired to Haines City, Florida.

George is survived by his wife, Berneice, three sons, Richard of Washington, N.J.; Harold of Pompano, Florida; Dennis of Absecon, N.J.; a daughter, Carol Lyn Masden of West Point, Kentucky, and eight grandchildren.

For 34 years George collected and restored gas, steam and hot air engines. He was proud of his engine collection which at one time contained over 200 engines. He was eager to share his knowledge of machinery and matters relating to engines.

Early memberships included Rough and Tumble, Eastern Shores, Mason Dixon, along with Arcadia. The 1960s and '70s found Dad, myself, my sister Carol Lyn and our mom, his first wife, Margaret (now deceased) at these shows. During the '80s and '90s, his retirement years, George traveled to shows all along the East Coast with Berneice, also a gas engine enthusiast and member of the Florida Flywheelers and Eastern Thresherman Association.

My dad instilled in me his love of going to the shows, meeting all the fine people who share our hobby and his exceptional knowledge and skill in restoration.


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