Dec. 15, 1920 – Nov. 30, 2012
Rufus Mathewson of Buffalo, a business owner and co-founder of Allaire-Mathewson Corp., died Nov. 30 in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He was 91.
Born in Buffalo, his paternal great-grandfather founded Buffalo Weaving & Belting Co. in 1892, and his maternal grandfather was managing director of the Buffalo office of Dun & Bradstreet in the 1890s.
He attended Elmwood Franklin School and was a graduate of Pawling Preparatory School, where he played varsity tennis, football and hockey.
He joined the American Field Service in Burma during World War II, serving as an ambulance driver.
Mr. Mathewson worked with his father at Buffalo Weaving & Belting until 1953, when he co-founded Allaire-Mathewson Corp., which sold and distributed Modernfold Doors for homes, schools and businesses. After it closed in 1973, he established Stain Specialists Inc., working there with his son, Lawrence, until he retired in 1988.
He served as president of the Producers Council Inc., affiliated with the American Institute of Architects, in 1958-59.
He was a volunteer for St. Vincent de Paul and had been a member of the Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club since 1940. The club awarded him an honorary membership in 2004. He also was a member of SS. Columba-Brigid Catholic Church.
He enjoyed tennis, sailing, and vacationing in Naples, Fla. He spent every summer at the family cottage in Thunder Bay Colony, Ont., built in 1921 and designed by Buffalo architect Duane Lyman.
Surviving are his wife, the former Dorothy Gates; a son, Lawrence; two daughters, Ruth Mathewson Hays and Martha; and a sister, Barbara Mathewson Gaul.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in SS. Columba-Brigid Church, 418 N. Division St.