Charles ‘Fritz’ Matthews

Charles ‘Fritz’ Matthews, 78, of North Bay passed away April 8, 2011

NORTH BAY — Charles ‘Fritz’ Matthews, 78, of North Bay passed away April 8, 2011. Charles was born September 16, 1932 in North Bay, NY, the son of Clyde and Pearl Hayes-Matthews. After graduating Camden High School, he served as a medic during the Korean Conflict. Fritz then became a carpenter, working for 37 years until his retirement in 1995. On October 15, 1955 he married the former Beatrice ‘Sis’ Mendl. Fritz was an active and lifetime member of North Bay Vol. Fire Dept. for 58 years and also served as Fire Police Captain and Fire District Commissioner, and assistant Chief for over 30 years. He was also a current member of the Oneida Co. Vol. Firemen’s Association, Oneida Co. Vol. Fire Police Association, NYS Vol. Firemen’s Association, and the NYS Firemen’s Association. Fritz was a past member of NYS Fire Chiefs Association, Oneida Co. Fire Chiefs Association, NBFD softball & bowling teams. In 1999 the Charles ‘Fritz’ Matthews award was established to honor the firefighter who responded to the most calls throughout the year. On top of this, Fritz was a well-known vocalist and guitar player with his family band, "Rural Rhythm Ramblers" and later known as "Old Friends Band."

Surviving are his four daughters, Susan Lewis & Daniel Newton, Taberg, Christine & John Ward, Sandy & William McDaniels, North Bay, Kim & Ronald Lighthall, Whipple, Ohio, two sons, Wayne Matthews & Rebekah Lacell, Rome, Randy & Roxanne Matthews, North Bay, one sister, Dorothy Agan, North Bay, three brothers, Richard ‘Joe’ & Alice Matthews, North Bay, Harold Matthews, Blossvale, and Donald & Shelly Matthews, Camden, his companion, Gail Templar, one daughter-in-law, Kathy Matthews, a brother-in-law, Tony ‘Doris’ Mendl, Indiana, twenty one grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, & cousins. Fritz was predeceased by his wife, parents, two brothers, Elmer and Larry, one sister, Colleen.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday from LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc., Camden, NY. Interment North Bay Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Monday from 2-4 & 6-9pm, at the funeral home, 109 Main St. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Fritz may be made out to North Bay Vol. Fire Dept. You may also view obituary and send a message of condolence online at