Community leader, George Matthews, dies due to complications from the coronavirus

April 23, 2020

George Matthews (center), a member of the Black Excellence committee is pictured with photographer Yvonne Kemp (left) and Morgan Conyers, (right) daughter of Milwaukee Times Founder Nathan Conyers, at the 2020 Black Excellence Awards. Photo by Martinez Milton, Jr.

It is with great sadness that The Milwaukee Times Weekly Newspaper announces the passing of local community leader George Matthews. George had been hospitalized for the last several weeks with COVID-19. George finally succumbed to the virus on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 3:00 a.m. George was a Milwaukee native who graduated from Rufus King International School, and later the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. He was employed as a teaching assistant with Milwaukee Public Schools and also worked part-time as a driver for Able Access Transportation, LLC, but he was best known for his public service work in the community.

George was a member of the Milwaukee Times Black Excellence committee which helps organize our annual community awards event and scholarship. He was also an active member of the Milwaukee North Sunrise Rotary Club and participated in a number of their community service projects throughout the year; as well as an active member of the Milwaukee Urban League Guild. George was a board member for the Social Development Commission and was an active member in his church, St. Matthew Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. George devoted much of his time to working with organizations that helped children and veterans.

George is survived by his sister, Bernadine Matthews; his brother, WNOV Radio personality Eugene Matthews, as well as a number of other family members and a great number of friends and church family who will greatly miss him. Funeral services as of this time are still pending.

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