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September 12, 2013

Dear Shipmates,


 This is a short newsletter announcing the loss of a shipmate and a helpful page of "where to eat" places at Whidbey Island.






John Paul "Jack" Matous, 80, passed away on Monday, September 9, 2013 in Heron Cove in Gloucester. He was born in Blakely, Pa and was the son of the late John Jinx Matous and Angeline Anne Orazen Matous. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War then retired in 1988 after 37 years of service from the US Navy as an Electronic Technician. Jack was a member of Church of St. Therese in Gloucester and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose # 886 where he had received the Fellowship Degree and Pilgrim Degree of Merit. Beside his parents he was also preceded in death by his Brother-in-law Al Romanski, Sr. 


He is survived by his wife Jean Virginia Robins Matous, his children, John Paul Matous, Jr. of Carrsville, Va.; Janet Angela Matous of Drewyville, Va. and James Anthony Matous of Chesapeake, his sister Marie Jean Matous Romanski, brother Richard John Matous, grandchildren, Justin, Stephen, Rebecca, and Kelsey, nephews Al Jr.; Randy, Michael and Rick, and great nephew Mason. 


The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednedsday, Sept. 11, 2013from 6:30-8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 at 11:00 The Church of St. Therese. Burial will be in Bellamy Memorial Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Church of St. Therese, 6262 Main St. Gloucester, Va. 23061 or to Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue, PO Box 1417, Gloucester, Va. 23061. Andrews Funeral Home, Gloucester is in charge of arrangements. [Published in Daily Press from September 11 to  September 12, 2013]


Guest Book signings may be made HERE






Dear Shipmates,


For those who think that Whidbey Island is three miles from nowhere, I have news for you. There are at least 130 places to eat in the general area of Whidbey and Oak Island. So that you will have an idea of where you would like to spend your ComRats, here is a little help navigating.


 The following are just a just a few of the 67 eating establishments in the Oak Harbor area. There are others specializing in Chinese, Mexican, Thai, Greek, Japanese, ribs, pizza, seafood, buffets, chain restaurants, American style, in addition to a dozen coffee houses. To view the selection, ratings & reviews and descriptions of what's available visit the OAK ISLAND EATERIES


Here are a few of the top rated places


Jeda's Thai Kitchen (Ranked #1 - 93% rate it excellent) Of several Thai restaurants, this was rated the best.



BBQ Joint (Ranked #2 - 63% rate it excellent) Very good selections from $8 to $25.


 (Ranked #3 & 4 - 82% rate it excellent) One of the best seafood restaurants for fish & chips in the area. 



Frasers Gourmet Hideaway (Ranked #5 - 82% rate it excellent) Great selection of steak & seafood. A little pricy.





Make up your own mind. This web page has a complete list of establishments from which to choose







Respectfully submitted,


 Derick S. Hartshorn