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John Earl Matheson, Jr.

October 6, 1946 - December 12, 2021

John Earl Matheson, Jr., 75, of Lynchburg, Virginia began his eternal journey peacefully and unexpectedly on December 12, 2021.  He was the son of the late John Matheson, Sr. and Dorothy Matheson.  John is survived by his wife of 31 years, Cindy Matheson.

John was born on October 6, 1946, in Billerica, Massachusetts. He attended school at Keith Academy, then received his Bachelor of Science in Physics at Lowell Technological Institute. He also received a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering at The Catholic University of America, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Virginia. John worked at Framatome for 33 years as an engineer and retired as Senior Vice President.

John enjoyed spending time with his family, woodworking, reading, the beach, Smith Mountain Lake, cooking and dedicating time to local charities. He served as President of the Board of Directors for Lynchburg Grows and Habitat for Humanity. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Lynchburg Area Food Council. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church for 42 years.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by his children: Sarah Mihalecz (husband, Michael, Sr.), Chris Matheson, Patrick Matheson (wife, Catherine) and stepson Brandon Lowe; his grandchildren: Stella Matheson, Amelia Matheson and Michael Mihalecz, Jr.; his siblings: Dotti Fagan (husband, Bob), Jim Matheson (wife, Sandy) and Patti Pond (husband, Ed); and many loving friends in the community.

In addition to his parents, John is predeceased by his former wife Beatrice, his parents John Sr. and Dorothy and his brother Dr. Thomas Matheson.

A funeral mass will be held on December 17, 2021, at 11AM at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Salvador F. Añonuevo officiating with a reception following.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lynchburg Grows, Miriam’s House or Interfaith Outreach.

Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg is assisting the family.

Click here to view John’s tribute video

A funeral mass will be held on December 17, 2021, at 11AM at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Salvador F. Añonuevo officiating with a reception following.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lynchburg Grows, Miriam’s House or Interfaith Outreach.

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Dear Cindy and all of John's family, I am so shocked and sorry for your and our loss of John. I enjoyed to work with him in the Fuel Company for many years, and will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss.

Posted by Joe Bird on December 17, 2021

Sorry to hear of John’s sudden passing. Leaves the family so lonely. Take comfort in your happy memories.

Posted by Maureen Gonsalves on December 16, 2021

Dear Cindy and Family, I am just learning of John's passing. My heart is truly broken for you and your family. I always liked John. I first met him when his son played ball with my son, one year, years ago. Then I had the pleasure of working with him. He was always so kind and such a gentle spirit. I have always wondered how the 2 of you were doing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. My Deepest Sympathy and Prayers, Sue Johnson Hall Pfeiffer. (I went to Brookville, too.)

Posted by Sue Hall Pfeiffer on December 16, 2021

Chris and family Thinking of you and your family. I`m here if you need me.

Posted by Louise Grady \"Deasy\" on December 15, 2021

Cindy and family, so sorry to hear about John's passing. Praying for you and all the family. John was such a good man and he loved his Cindy. Moved to Dallas 3 years ago. Much love to you all.

Posted by Deborah F Scott on December 15, 2021

My condolences to the Matheson family. We have missed him! I met John when we served on the Board of the Lynchburg Area Food Council and as a volunteer at Lynchburg Grows. John and Cindy brought the first food van to Mt Carmel Baptist Church when the van made its initial run! He also worked with us in Daniel’s Hill Garden - The Veggie Spot! What a blessing to have had the benefit of his knowledge and experiences. You are in my prayers!

Posted by Cynthia Coles on December 15, 2021

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