Brian James Mathewson
Brian James Mathewson
  • September 5, 1966 - June 17, 2017
  • Oneonta, New York

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Brian James Mathewson, age 50, of Oneonta NY went to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday June 17, 2017. Brian was surrounded by the love of his family when he passed after a courageous battle with cancer.

Brian was a graduate of Oneonta High School class of 1985, and SUNY Delhi class of 1987 where he received training in food services.

Brian loved to travel and moved from Oneonta to Florida, California, and eventually back to Oneonta to open and manage an Applebee's Restaurant.

Many knew Brian from his time at Country Club Imports over the last 11 years where he was a decorated Salesman and dedicated co-worker. Everyone that knew Brian is aware of the way that he loved and cared for every person he interacted with. Brian was fun-having, family loving guy who enjoyed time with those he cared about sitting around a campfire or cooking a large Sunday meal.

Brian was a member of the Free Masons of Otsego and faithfully attended his church, HillCity in Oneonta.

Brian is survived by his wife, Cynthia (Cooley) Mathewson of Oneonta; his step-children who he considered his own, Amy L. Rathmell and her husband Pastor Joshua E. Rathmell of Oxford, and Bradley R. Oliver of Norwich. He is also survived by his parents Peter & Diana Mathewson of Oneonta; his two brothers and their wives, Peter & Mary Jane Mathewson of Watertown, Michael & Jessica Mathewson of Sacramento, CA; and his nieces and nephews Joshua Mathewson of Nashville TN, and Jonathan & Christina of Watertown NY.

Brian will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Friends are invited to greet the family on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 2 to 4 pm at the HillCity Church, 1796 Co Rd 48, Oneonta, NY.

A funeral service will take place immediately following calling hours at 4 pm.

Burial will take place in Oneonta Plains Cemetery, Oneonta at the convenience of the family.

Donations in Brian's memory are asked to be made to the HillCity Church, 1796 Co Rd 48, Oneonta, NY, 13820 or Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, 2520 Elisha Avenue, Zion, IL 60099.

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Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.