James Matthew

James Matthew

On Tuesday, February 9, just a week short of his 80th birthday, Jamie passed away. He had been resident at Sunridge Place where he received kind, supportive, professional care following his massive heart attack.

Born and raised in South Africa, he was a graduate of Capetown’s renowned General Botha College, where he began his lifelong career in the merchant marine. With only a few side trips, he perused that life diligently, eventually qualifying as a Master Mariner and captaining ships from coasters to tankers – and everything in between – in every corner of the seas, including stretches as captain on the Great Lakes and in Florida cruise ship lines.

He retired to Duncan in the early ‘90’s and enjoyed an active social life highlighted by ripping dinners at his Stamps Road acreage.  His many friends will remember him as an affable and entertaining man – ever ready with fresh new ideas and plans, and never short of entertaining sea stories.

Jamie is succeeded by a daughter, Angela; and her two daughters in Pretoria, S.A. His ashes will be buried at sea in a ceremony provided by his fellow Master Mariners.


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