STRUTHERS, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Ronald M. Mathews, 84, died Friday morning, June 3, 2022, at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.
Ronald, affectionately known as “Ron”, was born May 2, 1938 in Youngstown, the son of the late Michael and Sylvia “Sally” Kowalczyk Mathews.
A lifelong Struthers resident, Ron was proud to call Struthers his hometown. He had graduated from Struthers High School in 1956 and remained lifelong friends with many of his classmates as he served on his class reunion committee over the years.
Ron worked his entire career for Penn Ohio Towel Supply as a Fleet Maintenance Supervisor, retiring after 39 years of service and was a member of Teamsters Local 377. For 26 years, Ron also served on Struthers Town Council, until his retirement in 2015.
Always a wildcat, Ron was a member of the Struthers Gridiron Club and enjoyed following and attending many Struthers sporting events. He was also an avid Notre Dame fan and rarely wore anything other than one of his many Fighting Irish polo shirts! For the past 40 years, Ron has traveled to South Bend, Indiana to cheer on his favorite team, attending at least one home game each season. In his spare time, he enjoyed the camaraderie with his buddies and fellow Elmton Golf League members on the green.
Ron was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 4224 and Council 4471, where he served as Grand Knight and Faithful Navigator of the 4th Degree.
As a child, Ron was baptized into the Catholic faith at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, where he would later attend elementary school, take his wedding vows, and remain a faithful member throughout his life.
With a friendly and easy-going personality, Ron was a real person and enjoyed talking to everyone, never meeting a stranger. Ron will be remembered with love for his unwavering dedication to his family, his church and his community. May we all carry on his legacy by living his motto, “All that is right”.
Ron is survived by his wife of nearly 63 years, the former Patricia Brennard, whom he married on August 22, 1959; his children, Shirley (Jim) Burgham of Poland and Ronald Mathews of Struthers; three grandchildren, David Mathews and his girlfriend, Sarah, Daniel (Brianna) Mathews and Dana (Joe) Safarek; two great-grandsons, Parker and Brody Safarek; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and Kim Brennard of Birmingham, Alabama; niece, Jessica (Josh) Bordas; nephew, Josh (Megan) Brennard; four great-nieces; and a great-nephew.
In addition to his parents, Ron was predeceased by his brother, Robert Mathews; and stepfather and stepmother, Harry “Wig” and Mary Louise Brennard.
A Christian burial mass will be held Friday at 1:00 p.m. at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, 764 5th St., Struthers. Immediately after Mass, family and friends will be welcomed at a reception in the Great Hall of St. Nicholas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may take the form of contributions in Ron’s name to the Struthers Gridiron Club, 111 Euclid Ave., Struthers, OH 44471.
Arrangements are being made by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home. Please visit www.beckerobits.com to share memories and condolences online.
A television tribute will air on Tuesday, June 7 at the following approximate times: 7:10 a.m. on FOX, 12:22 p.m. on WKBN, 5:08 p.m. on MyYTV, and 7:27 p.m. on WYTV.