James R. Mathieson

March 14, 1947 ~ September 7, 2020 (age 73)


Portville-James R. Mathieson of Heartwood Lane, Portville, passed away Monday (September 7, 2020) at the Olean General Hospital, after a lengthy illness.

Born March 14, 1947 in Summerhill, PA., he was the son of the late Robert and Helen McDonald Mathieson.  In 1970, he married Jeanne Kirby, who survives.

Jim received his Bachelors Degree from St. Francis University and his Masters Degree from St. Bonaventure University. He worked for many years as a science teacher for Portville Central School.

He was a longtime member of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and also attended St. Bonaventure Church.  In his free time, Jim enjoyed woodworking, spending time with his grandchildren, and meeting his retired buddies at Tim Horton's for coffee.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children; Lee (Jen) Mathieson of Allegany and Kira Mathieson of Bridgeport; two grandchildren, Colin and Malia Fowler of Bridgeport; and three siblings, Cathy (Dennis) Eschrich of Summerhill, PA., Rick (Johnette) Mathieson of Jennerstown, PA., and Ray (Carri) Mathieson of South Fork., PA; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Ruca.

At Jim’s request there will be no public services.  A private memorial service will be held at a later date, and at the convenience of the family.

Memorials if desired may be made to, the Olean General Hospital Foundation, 515 Main Street, Olean or to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, PO Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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