Louis Matura, 81, of 16 Clark Ave, Waddington, NY, passed away 14 October 2013 from complications of a recurring cancer.
Born in Schenectady, NY, on 17 June 1932, Lou was the second child and first son of the late Louis J. and E. Alice (n e Zak) Matura.
After graduating from Scotia High School, Lou attended Wagner College on Staten Island, NY, followed by attending SUNY Cobleskill. Lou interrupted college and served two years in the U.S. Army Transportation Corp, primarily in Germany. He then completed a BS degree in Agricultural Science at Cornell University in 1958. Both in high school and at Wagner College, Lou served as president of his class. He is a past president of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Alumni Association.
During his career in various sales positions, Lou sold A O Smith Harvestore silos for two decades, both in Pennsylvania and in Ontario, Canada, where he lived for 20 years. Lou won many top achievement awards selling Harvestores as salesman and as sales manager. Living in Oxford Mills, ON, he and his family owned and operated Oxford Mills Farm, a popular pick-your-own fruit and vegetable operation. Lou also lectured at the nearby University of Guelph Kemptville campus on agricultural science. His remaining work years, Lou sold real estate and acquired business for a Canadian transportation company. He retired at 75.
Lou thrived on being friendly with everyone and getting to know you with the first handshake. He would do anything he could for you and you could always count on a card or call on your birthday or anniversary—or for no reason at all. A born athlete, Lou was an avid outdoorsman, participating in many sports, most especially, fishing with family and friends. He delighted in watching his Rangers, Mets, and Giants win. While living in Canada, Lou coached a girls’ hockey team in Kemptville, ON, and served as President of the Kemptville and District Minor Hockey Association.
Survivors include his high-school sweetheart and wife, Priscilla (Peggy) Strang Clute; five children from his previous marriage: Louis (Kelly), Gary (Margaret), twins Lauren and Brian, and Kenneth (Laura); and four grandchildren: Christopher, Dieken, Jack, and Nolan. His brother, Larry, and his wife, Yolanda, as well as his sister, Barbara, and her husband, Stuart Smith, live in Schenectady, NY.
Lou is a member of the New Testament Church in Massena, NY. He is also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #2074, Potsdam, NY.
Frary Funeral Home, 515 Caroline St., Ogdensburg, NY, is managing arrangements, including cremation, with visiting hours from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, 25 October 2013, and a memorial service at 4 p.m. A reception follows at the Dobisky Visitor Center, 100 Riverside Ave., Ogdensburg, NY.
He will be interred with military honors in Memory Gardens, Albany, NY, alongside his parents and paternal grandparents.
In lieu of flowers, the family recommends a donation to Hospice & Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Highway 11, Potsdam, NY 13676 (315-265-3105).
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