Dr. Carlos R. Matta

May 26, 1930September 3, 2018

Dr. Carlos R. Matta, 88, of East Hartford, loving husband of 63 years of the late Dr. Lygia (Barcelo) Matta, peacefully entered into eternal life at a local nursing facility. Born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico on May 26, 1930, a son of the late Jose N. and Ana (Mendez) Matta, he had been a resident of East Hartford for over the past five years. Prior to his retirement, he was a Pathologist and specialist in Nuclear Medicine at the Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. from 1961 to 1993, and a Pathologist at St. Mary Hospital in Maryland from 1993 to 1995. Dr. Matta was a devout Catholic who was a faithful communicant of St. Rose Church, East Hartford where he enjoyed attending Youth Group dinners and being a generous supporter of the North American Martyrs Parish. He also annually attended the Men’s Retreat Weekend at the Holy Family Monastery in West Hartford. He frequently supported the local businesses on Park Street, Hartford where he loved eating at Puerto Rican and Spanish food establishments. Dr. Matta was an avid historian, who liked reading about military history. He also was a loyal fan of the UCONN Women’s basketball team, and cherished spending time with his family and traveling. Most of all, Dr. Matta will be remembered by those who knew him as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, fellow physician, and best friend. Dr. Matta will be looking down from Heaven with his late wife Lygia on his three sons, Antonio “Tony” J. Matta and his wife, Aileen, of East Hartford with whom he made his home, Carlos G. Matta and his wife, Cindy, of Dover, NH, Jorge N. Matta of Duncansville, PA; two daughters, Lygia C. Matta-Barcelo and her husband Wayne Rossignol of Hamilton, NJ, Ana J. Matta of Westminster, MD; three special grandchildren, Antonio N. Matta of East Harford, Veronica Matta of East Hartford, Catherine Hallowell and her husband, Samuel, of Manchester; many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Along with his beloved wife and parents, Dr. Matta was predeceased by eight siblings, Angelica, Carmen “Chin”, Providencia, Nicolas “Cola”, Ana Esther, Luis Federico “Fico”, Emma, and Guillermo “Billy”.

Funeral service will be Friday (September 7th) with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 am at St. Rose Church, 33 Church Street, East Hartford. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church on Friday morning. Entombment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery Mausoleum, Burnside Avenue, East Hartford. Relatives and friends may call at the D’Esopo - East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford, CT 06118, TODAY (September 6th) from 5 – 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dr. Matta’s name may be made to the North American Martyrs Parish, c/o 15 Maplewood Avenue, East Hartford, CT 06108. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit


  • Public Visitation Thursday, September 6, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, September 7, 2018

Dr. Carlos R. Matta

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Prescille Yamamoto

September 6, 2018

Extending my heart felt sympathy for the loss of Tony's father to Tony, Aline and your offspring. Such an extinguished gentleman and life. I will never forget his gentleness and affection for his beloved Lygia at her services. Your family has a legacy of strength and accomplishment, blessings to you all.