Mr. 73 – A Junior Hockey Staple

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Frank Matthys on October 24, 2022, at 96 years of age. Dear husband of the late Katie. Loving father of the late Mary Jane Baillargeon. Treasured grandpa of Kim Baillargeon, Jesse Baillargeon (Jason) and Melanie Erwied (Jim). Great-grandpa of Emilie, Abby and Alex. Also survived by one brother and one sister as well as many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by two sisters and one brother. Frank always loved the visits with Anne Marie, Donna and their families. Thank you to Mary for all the years of companionship.

Frank could always be seen around town riding his bicycle and was a longtime volunteer with the Essex 73’s hockey club since 1973. In 2016, the Town of Essex officially named a bike path after him, fittingly called Frank Matthys Way. Frank retired from Chrysler after 26 years of dedicated service. Special thanks to all his neighbours for taking great care of Frank; PSW Crystal and to his many friends for keeping in touch with Frank over the years.