Charles Raymond "Goose" Mathews, a retired railroad clerk and decorated World War II veteran, died of a brain tumor Friday at Lorien Assisted Living in Mount Airy. The South Baltimore resident was 86.
Born in Baltimore and raised on Light Street, he was a 1938 graduate of Southern Senior High School.
He joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and worked as an aircraft maintenance technician. A technical sergeant, he repaired Thunderbolt airplanes and participated in the Normandy, Northwestern France, Ardennes, the Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns. He received the Bronze Star for courage under fire, according to war records.
In 1948, he became a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad clerk and - with a break in his recall to military service during the Korean War - worked for more than three decades from an office in the B&O;'s Camden Yards warehouse, until retiring in 1983.
Mr. Mathews, who had a driver's license but never owned a car, walked to work daily.
In retirement, he divided his time between his church and family and was an unofficial uncle to many.
He was a lifetime member of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, which he opened every morning for services. His Monday funeral Mass there was offered by four priests and a bishop, all of whom he knew.
Surviving are a nephew, Charles M. Mathews of Mount Airy, and two great-nephews.