Carlton Matthews Jr., 74, of Ellicottville, New York passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. Born in Buffalo, New York in 1939 to Carlton and Peggy Matthews, he lived most of his life in Ellicottville. Carl graduated from Penn State University in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Psychology.
Carl’s love of the outdoors brought him to Ellicottville in 1970 where he established the Carl Matthews Plumbing business. He left his mark throughout the village of Ellicottville and the valley that he loved as the plumbing contractor for many condo complexes and numerous homes, and had the vision to restore and relocate the original Ellicottville Depot to its current location. Carl will always be remembered by his numerous friends and his family for his love of adventure and “work hard/play hard” attitude toward life. He was an avid skier and hiker who enjoyed competing in mountain bike and endurance motorcycle racing.
Carl was the loving husband to his best friend and wife of 20 years Pam (Neal); proud father of Suzanne (Thomas) Dunkleman of Bellevue, Nebraska and Elizabeth (Sean) Lowes of Ellicottville; and loving grandfather to Heidi, Erin, Matthew, Rachel, and William Dunkleman. He is predeceased by his brother James of Indian Harbour Beach, Florida and his beloved pets George, Max, Sammy, Ben, and Zoe.
The family will receive friends on Friday, August 9, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Mentley/O’Rourke Funeral home, 411 Rock City Street, Little Valley, New York. A service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM. Memorial donations may be made in Carl’s name to the SPCA in Cattaraugus County, P.O. Box 375, Olean, New York 14760 (www.spcacattco.webstarts.com).