Richard ‘Rick’ Matthews |

Richard ‘Rick’ Matthews

A celebration of life will take place Sunday for Richard B. “Rick” Matthews, who lost his 14-month battle with intravascular lymphoma on June 17, 2006, at the University of California, San Francisco. He was 50.

Rick was born Jan. 24, 1956, in Bournemouth, England, and became a United States citizen in 1971. He was a graduate of Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova, Calif. He earned an associate’s degree from Lake Tahoe Community College and a bachelor of arts degree in environmental studies from Sacramento State University.

Rick moved to Lake Tahoe in 1977 because of his passion for snow skiing. He also loved mountain biking, hiking, swimming, camping with his family, chess, soccer and canoeing. He loved coaching his daughter Molly’s soccer team and was a respected AYSO coach and referee for many years. He was the proud owner of the Sheet Metal Shop in South Lake Tahoe. Rick was a loving and devoted father.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 22 years, Jennifer; daughters, Amanda, Andrea and Molly; mum, Anne Matthews; brothers, Christopher and Marty Matthews; sister, Joanne Menorca; nieces, Stephanie Matthews and Natalie Robison; and nephews, Christopher Matthews Jr., Alex Menorca Jr., A.J. Menorca and Timothy Menorca. He will be forever missed by his best friend, Joe Tapia, and the Tapia family. He was preceded in death by his many beloved cats and his ever-faithful dogs, Burt and Luke.

A celebration of Rick’s life will begin at noon Sunday at the Truckee River bridge on Elks Club Drive in Meyers.

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