Edward J. Matyas, Sr., 79 of Johnson City, passed away Thursday evening, December 9, 2010 at Wilson Memorial Hospital. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Cecelia Matyas; two sisters, Pauline and Ann; and two brothers, Stanley and Francis. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Dorothy Matyas; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Edward Jr. and Mari Matyas, Michael and Lee Ann Matyas, Marty Matyas, John and Heather Matyas; three grandchildren, Kyle, Brittaney, and Isabella; one great-granddaughter, Allison; one brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Lillian Matyas; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Edward was a member of St. Michael's Greek Catholic Church, Binghamton. Loving husband, father, uncle, grandfather, friend and proud Johnson City resident, co-founder of Johnson City Pee-Wee football, former Johnson City trustee, retired Link program manager, graduate of Broome Tech and basketball player, stand-out Johnson City football, basketball and track athlete, college football player at Tampa University, co-founder of Johnson City High School Fifty Year Club, past president of the Czech-Moravian Club, Johnson City Sports Hall of Fame Member, Korean War veteran, and long time blood donor of the American Red Cross. A funeral service will be held at St. Michael's Greek Catholic Church, 296 Clinton St. Binghamton, Wednesday at 10 a.m. The Very Rev. Father James Dutko will officiate. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery, Town of Dickinson. The family will receive friends at the J.F. Rice Funeral Home, Inc., 150 Main St. Johnson City, Tuesday from 4-7 p.m.