Fairlawn Mortuary


Matthew Jan Siwik

April 15, 1968December 7, 2020

Matthew Jan Siwik, 52 of New Bedford, passed away Monday, December 7, 2020 in St. Luke’s Hospital. He was the fiancé of Rebecca Grace and father of Matthew Siwik.

Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Walter Stanley, Jr and Helen (Kurowski) Siwik, Matthew was a like long resident of the south coast. Matthew was a beloved instructor at Blue Hills Regional Technical High School, Metal fabrication and Joining Technologies for the last Twelve years. Matt proudly served his country in the United States Navy. Matthew’s Navy family is extensive and was well loved by him. Matt loved to share stories of times in the service. He was a former Hull technician. He also worked summers at the fleet propeller shop in Fairhaven. He most recently volunteered welding on the Big Mamie Battleship BB59. His smile and banter warmed a room.

Matt loved his family dearly, especially his son; he loved teaching, especially coaching his freshman football team. Matt was extremely proud in the fact that he was involved in starting BHRTHS Rugby team. He enjoyed playing on Rugby travel teams throughout the area. Most importantly, he enjoyed going to the beach and camping with his beloved Beck. Always Forward & Hold Fast.

In addition to Rebecca and his son Matthew, he is survived by his brother Chris Siwik.

Arrangements are in the care of the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at FAIRLAWN, 180 Washington Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719. A celebration of Matthew’s Life will be held in the near future. To leave a note of condolence:


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Maryellen Rash

December 29, 2020

The Rash family of Braintree would like to extend our sincere and deepest condolences to his family and closet friends!

Alan Fields

December 18, 2020

Love ya my brother and prayers go out to all family and friends! From the teak wood decks of the USS Prairie to the rugby fields with the Finlanders! Never forget the good times and the port calls. Never a dull moment when Matt was around. You’ll always be remembered shipmate!!

Jon Brooks

December 15, 2020

Mr. Siwik was truly a legend and will always be remembered as a man of many wisdoms! I had the pleasure of having him as my metal fab teacher at southeastern regional voc tech! There wasn't a day that it wasn't a life lesson! He most definitely was cut from the same clothe my grandfather was coming from the navy always having great stories and jokes and being neat and organized! He was almost like everyone's father in the shop making sure you weren't going loose a finger! And he wasn't afraid to set you straight either! Truly a man this world needs today! R.I.P Mr.siwik!!!

Scott Sylvia

December 15, 2020

I will always remember first day of 4th grade meeting Matt for the first time on the potter school bus. Everyone liked him right from the start. I was lucky to be able to call him my friend, God bless.

Mindy Molina-O'Leary

December 13, 2020

Thank you for the passion, love and respect you taught my son Gage. You were more then a coach and teacher and will be missed by many. May you rest in peace and may the memories you made with so many live for many years to come.

Donna Goodwin

December 13, 2020

How well I remember Matt from my Navy days aboard the U.S.S. Prairie! Matt was never without a smile , laugh or joke. Even when I was mess crankin' you could hear his laughter in the mess hall. He was in our office alot with our resident sports junkies PNCM Walsh and PN3 Davis, also left us way to soon. 30 years have passed since I have seen or talked to him but his kindness still serves sweet memories from all so long ago. I was shocked when I got the telephone call another shipmate was taken so soon. Rest in peace Matt and thanks for the memories of your laughter....fair seas my Navy brother! Give Toby a hug from all of us!

Bob Ward

December 13, 2020

To Matt,
Remembering the fun times when you and Chris lived on Sylvia St.
When your mother served delicious breakfasts and afterwards we'd play games or have fun with your toys.
Ciocia Barbara and I still enjoy looking at the beautiful plant stand you designed for us when you had Siwik Iron Works. It has given us much joy over the years.
Now you are with the angels.
Na Zdrovie Matt
Uncle Bobby

Rebecca Grace

December 13, 2020

Forever by my side ♥

PK Parkinson

December 13, 2020

We shared some great times shipmate. Not following some of life’s basic rules led us down some unforeseen paths. You will always pop up in my fondest memories.

Ida Cialone

December 12, 2020

I remember Matt coming into the PN office, looking for PNCM Walsh to talk over baseball/football scores from the night before. PN2 Bryan Davis would pull up a chair and then, that is where the conversation went. Matt had a beautiful smile and always had something nice to say about people. He and his brother, Chris were some of the favorites onboard the USS Prairie AD-15. I remember great conversations with Matt about how big Texas was and what in comparison it had to Boston. He thought it was "cool" that I was a Boston Red Sox fan, and that I knew so much about the club. My condolences to his son, Chris and to the rest of the family. Heaven has gained an Angel and the world will surely miss that beautiful smile of his! Rest in Peace, Mattie....