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Clifford Barkley Mathieson, 95, of Hermitage, formerly of Grove City and Erie, passed away at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Youngstown on Thursday evening, Jan. 11, 2018.
He was born March 4, 1922, in Springfield Township, Mercer County, to John Barkley Mathieson and Elva Katheryn Mathieson.
He married Eleanor Louise Marshall on Jan. 30, 1941; she passed away in May 2010.
Cliff graduated from Grove City High School in 1939 and later served honorably in the Navy as a radarman third class in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II.
He was employed intermittently at Cooper Bessemer, later called Cooper Energy, in Grove City from 1940 until 1966 with time out for military service and also at United Engineering and Urick Foundry until his retirement 1984.
He was a member for more than 60 years of F&AM Lodge 603 in Grove City.
He was an avid hunter and loved to fish. He had a boat with his brother-in-law George Robinson, and the two went out often on Lake Erie to fish for walleye and perch.
He was a consummate gentleman, always unselfishly helping others at the Whispering Oaks Independent Living facility where he had recently resided until his death. He was very caring and considerate of others with many residents of the facility,greatly appreciating the opportunity to have met Cliff.
A very special friend, companion and also a resident of Whispering Oaks, Nina Nigro, and Cliff spent many of their days together. They enjoyed visiting their local families to share holiday dinners and festivities.
He was a member Hickory United Methodist Church in Hermitage and former member the Lakewood United Methodist Church in Erie.
Surviving are: a daughter, Judi Lynne Goodwin of Vacaville, Calif.; grandsons Dean Goodwin, Jim Barber, both of California, and Chris Goodwin of South Carolina; two great-grandsons, Curtis and Taylor from South Carolina; sister, Bernice Green of Hermitage; nieces, Kathy Bonnette (Michael), Nancy Elford (Martin), Shirley Fruit (Thomas), Beverly Nespor (Bruce), and Carol Mathieson; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by: his beloved wife, the former Eleanor Marshall; and brothers, David Lee and Harold Arthur Mathieson.

Clifford B., 95, of Hermitage.
Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday (1-18-18) and 10 to 11 a.m. Friday (1-19-18) at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1778 Perry Highway, Village of Leesburg, Volant. Masonic service at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Service: 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Rev. Frank Hodges of Hickory United Methodist Church officiating.
Interment: Crestview Memorial Park, Grove City.
Published on January 15, 2018
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