Bernard “Bernie” Joseph Matherson

Bernard “Bernie” Joseph Matherson, 72, of Overland Park, Kansas, Passed away on February, 9th at Shawnee Gardens Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by his children.  Memorial services will be held at 2pm, on Sunday, February 14th, 2021 at the Quivira Falls Clubhouse.

Bernie was born on August 19th 1948 in Syracuse, New York.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History and English from the University of New England in Maine.  He worked in the field of quality assurance engineering in the nuclear power industry and in military contracting from 1980 to 2008.   Bernie loved to play golf, had a passion for antiques and for refinishing them.  He collected many things throughout the years including paintings and most recently watches.  He was intelligent, quick-witted and had a great sense of humor.  He was passionate about his Italian heritage.  He lived in many different states throughout his life, his favorite being Bay St. Louis, MS.  He survived hurricane Katrina.

He was preceded in death by his father Guy Matherson, his mother Mary Matherson, his brother Daniel Matherson, and his son Marc Matherson.

Survivors include his children Lesley Farro, Nicholas Matherson, and Elizabeth Matherson.


  1. Kerrie Morrison (Fabacher) on February 11, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    Mr. Bernie you will be greatly missed!! I really enjoyed going to visit you and your daughter my dear friend Liz in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and from now on when I go over there I will always think of you!! You were such a great and kind man, and I know you were so loved by your children and many others. Rest In Peace! I know you’re in a much better place!

  2. Bill Feeney on March 3, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    Very sorry for your loss

  3. Frank “Peach” Buckley on March 3, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    I knew Bernie Very well from college. He was a terrific person with a great sense of humor- I know I will always remember him that way. He will be sorely missed……

  4. Stephen Redihan on March 3, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    I went to college with Bernie and we were dorm mates. He was a great friend and we shared a lot of laughs. I regret that we didn’t keep in touch over the years. The last time we chatted over the phone was about 4 years ago; I can remember his interests in what was going on in my life and I was interested in his life journey.

    All in all I’m glad we were friends and I’ll miss him

  5. Tom Feeney on March 3, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Please accept my sincere condolences.

  6. John and Betty Oakes on March 3, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    So sorry to here of Bernie’s passing. Lots of good times at SFC.

  7. Al Chick on March 3, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    Bernie was a guys guy. Loved his Sixers. Very sorry for your loss.

  8. Gerry Griffin on March 3, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Always positive,forever friendly,someone who helped make SFC the great place that it was.May he Rest In Peace.

  9. Tim Noonan on March 4, 2021 at 4:27 am

    Very sorry to hear about Bernie. He was always a happy and fun guy to be around during our college days in Maine. May he Rest In Peace.

  10. Rick Forest on March 4, 2021 at 11:06 am

    I knew Bernie from college I loved his wit his personality and what he brought to the table and intelligent guy with a sincere heart I feel old classmate who lived with a group of us and Stella Maris he will always be in my prayers

  11. Ron Dubuque on March 4, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    I will always remember his wit! Very quick! A great guy who loved SFC and all the friends he met there. Rest In Peace Bernie. Godspeed!

  12. A friend on March 4, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    Bernie was a good guy! Lots of good times at St Francis. Rest in peace

  13. Kathi&jim Mullins on March 4, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    Bernie was a great friend of all who attended SFC . I was fortunate and privileged to be among his friends and he had so many. Bernie we loved you.

  14. Josette on March 10, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Bern Bern was always there for me ! Marc, Nick, Les, N Lis , how I love all of them ?. Good people, all of them; I am very fond of. Much ?? Love forever and always . Josey-

  15. SHERRY BONACCI on March 12, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Am shocked and sad to learn of Bernie’s passing. We were friends from Conestoga High School
    and kept in touch over the years.
    I will never forget him, RIP Bernie. And I’m certain we’ll meet again on the other side.
    Love Always,

  16. Daniel Clary on April 26, 2021 at 11:01 am

    So sorry to hear about Bernie, and I regret not finding him years ago, even though I looked on the web several times. He was my best friend during his short time at Cathedral High School in Syracuse NY. Quick witted is an understatement, and I loved being his friend. We were both serious students…of girls, basketball, and making wisecracks about anything that we saw that did not fit into our “male adolescent small world” of 1960’s life in central NY. His family has to know how lucky they were to be around him, even though the grief seems impossible to bear at this time. Peace.
    Danny Clary

  17. Jeff Ruskin on June 1, 2022 at 7:23 am

    Sorry to hear about Bernie’s passing. I went to Lakemont Academy with him and, several years ago, he reached out to me after 50+ years. We spoke several times and I saw his obituary just prior to trying contacting him a week ago. I arrived at Lakemont at the start of my senior year after getting tossed out of my high school on Long Island. Bernie and I shared a love for basketball and he took me in and showed how to make it at Lakemont, no easy task. After a few weeks there, I kept thinking this guy “gets it”. In hoops, he was our captain and the team’s high scorer and he led us to a league championship. To his family, please know that he was a good guy and I am grateful that we crossed paths at Lakemont. He made that year away much easier to digest.

  18. Steve Reeves on August 6, 2022 at 5:51 am

    My best friend at Textron Marine and Land Services in Slidell, La. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. A lot of laughs and I learned so much about Manufacturing Quality from him. Go easy bro.

  19. barrett staton on April 21, 2024 at 12:44 pm

    Bernie was so nice to know you down in Bay St. louis, ms. Had many hours and days of fun over at your apartment. You were like an international playboy aways fun.

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