Date of Birth December 28, 1928
Date Deceased June 24, 2023
Hometown Hornell
Home State N.Y.
Interment Location Lakeside Cemetery at Loon Lake

Mathew F. “Shine” Myers

HORNELL – Mathew F. “Shine” Myers, 94, of Pardee Street, passed away Saturday morning (June 24, 2023) at the Maple City Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Hornell.

Born in Haskinville, NY on Dec. 28, 1928 he was a son of the late Marcus and Lena Myers. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by three brothers, Marcus Myers, Jr., Al (Eleanor) Myers, Merle (Evelyn) Myers; and one sister, Dorothy (Archie) Sprague.

Raised in Haskinville, Shine was a graduate of Avoca Central School, and proudly served his country with the U.S. Army from 1954 to his honorable discharge in 1956.

He has resided in this area his entire life and was employed for many years for the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) in Hornell, retiring in 1985. Shine and his wife, Karen, owned and operated the Laf-A-Lot on Loon Lake for several years and was affectionately known as the “Mayor” of Loon Lake.

Throughout the years, he was active in many organizations including, the Neils Creek Grange, the Hornell Motorcycle Club, the Loon Lake Association, the Wayland Town Board, the Arkport Memorial American Legion Post No. 1248, the Cohocton Lions Club, the Hornell Elks Lodge No. 364, the Hornell Moose Lodge No. 210 and for several years he operated an eating stand at the Steuben County Fair in Bath, NY.

Shine loved life, he especially  enjoyed roller skating, dancing and always having a good time.

He is lovingly survived by his wife of 50 years, Karen (McCabe) Myers; three children, Dana (Mary) Myers, Deborah (James) Dean, Diane (Henry) Deleo; as well as his grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 5-7 p.m. Wednesday (June 28, 2023) at the Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285 Main St., Hornell. There will be no funeral service. Private interment will be in the Lakeside Cemetery at Loon Lake.

The United States flag and the U.S. Army flag will proudly fly at the Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home in recognition of Shine’s military service.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to the Hornell YMCA, 18 Center St., Hornell, NY 14843 (envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home) or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home is honored to assist Shine’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Shine are welcome below in the comment section or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.

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12 Responses

  1. Karen and family, I am so sorry to hear about Shine, he was such a nice and friendly man, he will be missed.

  2. Karen and Family, I am so sorry to hear of “Shines” passing. What a great person and great life Well lived. Some of my Best and fondest memories of home include Shine and of course Laf a Lot and Yes, we all thought of him as the Mayor of Loon Lake. He had such a great sense of humor and a wonderful energy about him. I for one feel lucky to have crossed his path on more than one occasion. My prayers are with your family.

  3. Rest in peace Shine. Best pool partner a guy could have. Thanks for carrying me many years. Your happiness and spirit will be missed.

  4. Dear Dana, Debbie and Diane, So sorry for your loss. Didn’t realize your connection to Laf a Lot until I read this. I often go there. I think I still have that bicycle Diane. Hugs. .

  5. Shine was the perfect nickname to one who literally lit up so many peoples lives. He always had a hug, kiss or smile to greet you. He will be greatly missed by family and friends but he shall always be remembered in our hearts. Marilyn Smith Welch-Batra

  6. Karen and Family,

    My Condolences to ALL.

    Shine was indeed one of a kind,
    And may God hold him in the palm of his hand until we all meet again for some good times!!

    Richard “Mickey” McIntosh

  7. Karen and the whole family I am so sorry for your loss. Shine was such a great man he truly did shine. I have countless memories. Love you all see you soon.

  8. Much love to you Karen & family. Shine was apart of my life for well over 55 years. Never a dull moment with him. If there is Anything!!! I can do, please don’t hesitate to ask. Both of you are a Major part of the Villa family, and our Prayers are with you all
    Love, Tommy Drumm

  9. A man with a permanent smile on his face, always bubbling with energy, and there to help someone who was having some problem. Always a ‘family’ member who was fun to be around, especially at Laf-A-Lot on Look Lake. I always enjoyed our time together when I drove down from CNY to see my other family members. A smile on my face as I remember those times back when we were all younger.
    Will miss Shine, but my memories of him will stay with me as I progress along this thing called life. Enjoy every day from the moment you wake up, everyone.

  10. Dear Karen,
    So sorry to hear about your husband’s passing. I didn’t know him very well but remember him always being nice and very pleasant. My memories are all of you, Karen, and we shared many “growing up”days…both at Saint Ann’s and HHS. I’ll remember you in my prayers.
    Ann Marie Barillo

  11. So sorry for your loss. He was a joy to be around up until the end wore a smile. Hid the pain. God bless you Matt & Family. May God be with you during this difficult time.

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