Blake was a good friend to my husband John and I for over 50 years. He always made it a point to come and visit us when he was in Canada, and even after John passed away, he called every so often to catch up, and to tell me he was still praying for me. I miss that. He told me that he was having a Bible study with his great granddaughter, and was so happy to be doing that even though he had to use modern technology and it wasn't really his forte. His heart for the Lord was so obvious. Now he is set free from his aging and worn out body, but he is still worshipping the Lord. I enjoyed watching the service, and all the shared memories. Someday we will all meet again, and that is something we look forward to. I pray that God will comfort each member of his family in this time of loss.
There are people who are associated with critical points in our lives. Blake was one of those people ro me. As a child I was saved with the assistance of my mother and a few years later Blake baptized me in the tank in Lakefield Gospel Chapel basement.
I grew up knowing that we were distant cousins, through his aunt and my grandmother, Florence Matthews (Hopkins, Wease).
I will always remember your Dad's smile.
Watching his funeral service made me aware of just how much of his life was dedicated to the work of the Lord. I was imagining how Dad (Roy Redpath) would have been on hand to welcome Blake to heaven. Now I know there was probably quite a crowd of people - people who Blake helped at that most critical point in their lives, their day of salvation!
Just wanted to tell you how much I appreciated your Dad and to wish God's richest blessings on each of you.
Love and prayers, Gail Levi (Redpath)
Blake pastored at our church in Arkona in the mid 60's and I attended school with most of the kids. As the oldest of 6 boys, I could relate to the large family dynamics experienced by the Matthews family. I knew he had roots in the Norwood/Peterborough area but didn't cross paths with him since we moved here back in 1978. I now know why after reading this story.... he was well travelled and lived out of the country in recent years, while serving the Lord. Seems like a life well lived. He will be missed.
We are an independent, family-owned funeral home that has served the community since 1865. We consider our firm to be a leader within the community and we hope that you find our site informative, convenient, and helpful.