Alexander Daniel McLean Matheson,
91 years of age, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his residence at
Hillcrest Personal Care Home on May 16, 2016.
Alex was born and raised in Vancouver,
BC. He was very active in sports in his youth excelling in swimming, diving,
soccer and lacrosse. Alex served in the armed forces for 33 years, enlisting
in July 1943. During his service, he was a pilot, a parachute instructor,
and an officer in the Royal Canadian Dragoons, an Armoured Corps Regiment.
His military service took him to many places including Korea, Cyprus, Laos
and South Vietnam. Alex retired in 1975 with the rank of Colonel as Base
Commander of CFB Shilo.
Alex married the love of his
life, Margaret (Peggy) Clark, on May 31, 1947. They were very happily married
for 68 amazing years and raised four terrific boys.
Following his retirement from
the military, Alex was employed as an illustrator at Assiniboine Community
College in Brandon - a job he thoroughly enjoyed for ten years.
Alex was very active in his community.
He was president of the 1979 Canada Winter Games. He was a long serving
member of the Brandon Rotary Club and member of the Royal Canadian Legion
#3. He enjoyed playing the bagpipes, public speaking, painting and making
wonderful personalized cards for family and friends and was an active member
of the local calligraphy club.
Alex is survived by his wife,
Peggy, four sons - Dan (Judy), Bruce (Sheila), Gordon (Marie), and Murray
(Karen). Grandchildren - Sarah (Mike), Rob, Kelsey (Tim) and Brittany (Patrick),
Scott (Amanda), Graeme, Kristine (Paul), Stuart (Sandra), Andrew (Amanda)
and great-grandchildren: Abaigeal, Calum, Annabelle, Jolene, and Connor.
He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Jean Thomson and Doreen Matheson
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Alex is preceded in death by
his only brother Brum, his parents Murdock and Catherine (Moore) Matheson,
sister-in-law Ina Morson and her husband Mike, brother-in-law Lloyd Thomson,
brother-in-law Burt Clark, brother-in-law Norman Clark (and wife Sheila).
and Sue-On Hillman: A 50-Year Musical Odyssey
Gig Notes Excerpts: www.hillmanweb.com/book/gigs
We've appeared on the stage of the
Brandon Centennial Auditorium many times for a great variety of events.
I've even sat on that stage with my fellow Brandon University professors
overseeing grad and initiation ceremonies. But the most unusual gig
was probably during the time when Johnny Carson was still hosting television's
As a bit of a lark and fundraiser,
an imitation of this popular show was staged in Brandon. The retired base
commander of CFB Shilo, Col. Alex Matheson, took on the role of Carson.
The Ed McMahon second banana seat was taken by broadcaster Ron Arnst who
opened the show with a "Heeeere's Alex" intro.
Alex followed a short monologue
by bringing on guest performers. We did a musical number and then moved
to the couch where we engaged in typical talk-show chatter with Alex and
Ron. A real fun experience.
Rock 'n' Roll Bagpipes - Command
Throughout the '60s to '80s we regularly
played all the mess clubs at the nearby military base, CFB Shilo: Jr. Ranks,
Sgts/WO, Officers, etc. Since we were quite popular at base functions we
were hired as the first band to open the new expanded Junior Ranks Club.
Camp Commander, Colonel Matheson,
came in with his bagpipes and we did a whole set of songs featuring rock
and roll bagpipes. After the show, while taking out equipment, the overactive
new glass door sprang back on me and the long Shure Vocal Master speaker
columns I was carrying shattered the glass. Interesting way to Christen
the fancy new club.