Jeff David "Jboy" Mathias, 66, of Lewisburg, passed from this life on Sept. 23, 2017, at home surrounded by his family. He had many, many friends and nearly all of them knew him as Jboy.
He was born Nov. 25, 1950, in Danville, and except for two years in Philadelphia when he served as a physical therapy aid as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, he was a life long resident of Lewisburg.
He attended Lewisburg High School and graduated from Kiski Prep School, Saltsburg. He also attended East Stroudsburg University. He was an excellent athlete in his youth and was especially successful as a wrestler at LHS and at Kiski where he won a Westmoreland County Championship and was honored as team captain and the recipient of the Coach's Award.
Later in life he was an assistant coach for the Lewisburg Junior High wrestling team. He spent several summers as Camp Bil-O-Wood in Ontario, Canada.
Jboy was an avid sports fan following his beloved Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Flyers. He enjoyed periodic trips to experience games in distant major and minor league ball parks. Over the years, Jboy attended 29 different major league parks. Jboy was an avid collector of sports memorabilia and always came home with several trading pins for his collection. He proudly displayed photos of various baseball players, many of which were autographed. He was affectionately known as Mr. Baseball at the former Varsity Club where his baseball trivis expertise was regularly put to the test by all comers. He prided himself on his baseball knowledge and even recognized Carlton Fisk at the Short Stop market in Lewisburg.
One of his greatest pleasures was being "Mr. Tailgate" at Bucknell football games. Jboy was the grill master, welcoming all with a hearty hello. You knew you were in the right spot when you saw the Bison flag of Jboy's truck.
Jboy was a blood donor earlier in his life. He enjoyed fishing and gardening, especially his tomatoes and jalapeno peppers. Along with his mother, Jboy was quite the bird watcher. He made numerous trips to Hawk Mountain and Eagles Mere.
Jboy began his working career as a landscaper, carpenter and moved through other positions, finally retiring as service manager at Buck's Service in Lewisburg.
Jboy is survived by his mother, Jo Mathias, for whom he spent many years as loving caregiver; brother, Greg and his wife Debi Mathias; sister, Kay and her husband John Rupert; brother, Cliff and his wife, Lyn Mathias; brothers, Mark and Reno Mathias; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Private arrangements will be made by the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jboy's memory may be made to the Union County 4th of July Committee Inc., P.O. Box 544, Lewisburg, PA 17837, or to Hospice of Evangelical, 235 Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837.
Funeral arrangements are by the Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 309 Water St., Northumberland.
Published on September 25, 2017