Edward "Ted" Chase Mathews, 85, of Danbury, widower of Patricia (Roland) Mathews, died Dec. 31 at his home.
He was born June 6, 1927, in Flushing, N.Y., son of the late L.E. and Mary Content (Chase) Mathews. He was the grandson of the American impressionist William Merritt Chase.
Mr. Mathews was a veteran of World War II, serving with the United States Navy aboard the USS Saratoga, CV-3. He was a recipient of the American Theater Medal, the Victory Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal.
After his time in the Navy, Mr. Mathews went on to accomplish many things. He had numerous hobbies and special interests, including aerial and high-speed photography. One of his photographs appeared on the cover of Popular Mechanics.
He worked on the pit crew with Bill Wonder and the Maserati Team. He dabbled in slot cars, ice hockey, 8mm movies and projection, carpentry, drumming, aquariums, America's Cup racing, UConn's women's basketball and was a storyteller extraordinaire.
He was especially proud to be one of the earliest owners of a 1953 Austin Healey, waiting more than a year for delivery. He carried a picture of the car in his wallet.
He was granted seven patents, all in aeronautics.
He was an engineer at Perkin-Elmer in Danbury, working on the Hexagon Program, and then later the Hubble Space Telescope.
His love for the sport of ice hockey led him to be instrumental in developing youth hockey in the area. He owned and operated Wesco Sports Center in Brookfield with his wife from its inception in 1972 and continued to operate it along with his children. You could find him at the front register seven days a week, always ready with one of his stories from his past.
Mr. Mathews is survived by his children, Douglas Mathews, and his wife, Jeanne, of Danbury; William Mathews; Patricia Augeri; and Mary Rouse, and her husband, Keith, all of New Milford; and seven grandchildren, Victoria Paige Mathews, Max and Teddy Augeri, Alex, Harry, Sam and Will Rouse. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his grandson, Benjamin Augeri, and a sister, Marylynn Mercer.
The Brookfield Funeral Home in Brookfield was in charge of arrangements.