Saturday 25 May 2019

Obituary: Raising a glass to Subaru boss

JOYFUL: Neville Matthews at Leinster Rugby Referees’ dinner
JOYFUL: Neville Matthews at Leinster Rugby Referees’ dinner

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Neville Matthews, the ever-enthusiastic and immensely likeable, head of Subaru in Ireland eventually succumbed to the brain tumour that had laid him low over the last year but which he fought with great courage and humour. He was cared for at home by his loving wife Avril and their children Jennifer, Sam and Evan with support from the Carlow Kilkenny Home Care Team. His funeral service was suitably held for a fine Wesleyan amid the splendours of St Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny, before a private cremation.

Neville was always a joy to meet and the lunches I had with him and his marketing sidekick Michael Kirby were one of my delights. He was generous in both thought and deed. It was strange that the last car I have been testing was a Subaru which I only gave back the day before Neville died.

Work commitments meant I couldn't travel to Kilkenny last Friday to belt out a few good Protestant hymns as a large crowd gathered representing Neville's many interests and the respect everyone felt for him. I will sing one for him tonight and raise a glass.

Bless you, Neville. The world is a poorer place now and was enlivened by you and those twinkling eyes.

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