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Christopher John Mathews

May 25, 1934

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Mathews: Christopher John Mathews, age 86, of Swift Current, Sk. passed away November 30, 2020 at Cypress House. Christopher is survived by his children; Michael Mathews, Jennifer (Rob) Cannon, Christine (Phil) Roberts; Grandchildren Chelsea Cannon, Katie Cannon (Cole Conn), Josh Cannon, Sarah Cannon, and Eric Roberts; great grandchild Arianna Vogt; sister-in-law Beth (Les) McCormick; brother-in-law Dave Cardwell. He was predeceased by his father Arthur Ernest Mathews, mother Irene Mathews (Nee: Borkman), his wife Judith and a sister Hazel Brogden. Christopher was born on May 25, 1934 in Mussoorie, India. He attended Bedford School for Boys in England and graduated in 1952. After graduating school in 1952, Chris entered into his two year mandatory service with the British Armed Forces in England. When his two years were up, he entered the work force starting with Barclays Bank in England in 1954. Not liking the banking job, he tried the Oil and Gas Industry in 1955. Chris worked for a refinery in Bahrein in the Persian Gulf. He stayed there until Egypt shut down the Suez Canal. He returned to Britain and applied for a visa to come to Canada. Chris got a job with the Bank of Montreal and worked there until a job opportunity came to get back in the Oil and Gas Industry. Chris started his career with Shell Canada in Montreal. He was later offered a promotion and moved to Oakville to start up a new refinery there. This is where he met Judith Cardwell and they were married on August 24, 1971 in Oakville, Ontario. Chris left Shell for a management position at a new startup refinery in Come By Chance, Newfoundland. He left that position after two years to go back to the mainland and closer to family. He worked for Petrosar in Sarnia, Ontario until the early 80's, when he returned to work for Shell Canada at the Scottford Refinery in Fort Saskatchewan., AB. In 1990 Chris was transferred to Head Office in Calgary. Then went to the Shelburn Refinery in Burnaby, B.C. After one year, he returned to Calgary were he retired from Shell Canada. He then did some contract work through Price Waterhouse Coopers for Potlach plant in the U.S.A. When Potlach ended he was recruited to go to a refinery in Kyrgyzstan and develop a training program to train the locals to be operators in the refinery. After two years of flying back and forth he officially retired. Chris loved anything to do with airplanes and flying.  As a young man he had his pilot's license and enjoyed flying gliders. He enjoyed camping with Judith in his retirement and travelled to the mountains and the U.S.A. Chris loved animals and enjoyed the company of many pets in his lifetime, but most of all he doted on his wife Judith and spent time with his family. Chris was also affectionately known as "Sir". Chris will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his family and friends. In his memory, friends may make a memorial donation to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan, 301-2250 12th Ave., Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3X1. Warren's Funeral Home in care of arrangements. For further information please call 306-773-8831 or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy to the family on our tribute wall.

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