OBITUARY

Dale Matthias, Sr.

September 5, 1955January 1, 2021
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Dale A. Matthias Sr. was born on September 5th 1955 the first Child of Mariet and Christian Matthias (Deceased) on the beautiful island of St. Thomas USVI. He died on January 1, 2021. His Death was sudden and unexpected.

Dale accepted Christ later in life and started worshiping him as his Lord and Savior.

He attended Charlotte Amalie High School where he participated in the school band. He entered the US ARMY upon graduation from High school in 1974, where he enlisted and was assigned to the 2nd Armored Division Band in Fort Hood, TX. He served and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant. His Love for music continued throughout his military career.

Upon returning home to St. Thomas from duty, he was still interested in music so he started working as a freelance musician traveling between the two islands playing music for various artists like the Mighty SPARROW Etc. alongside Kent Moorehead. He joined a few local bands such as Brother of Soul, Parliament and Gem-I Brass Band to name a few.

Dale Sr. eventually relocated to St. Croix and started his career with MARTIN MARIETTA where he worked for a few years until the plant closed. When that happened he became employed by the local cable and telephone company VITELCO. Playing and teaching Music was his first Love; So Dale Sr started a new career as a music teacher at the Pearl B. Larson Elementary School on ST. Croix.

On August 26, 1978 Dale married Dawn Galloway Matthias for ten years and settled on the island of ST. Croix. To this union two children were born Dale Jr and Dalia. His son Dale Jr was his best friend, they spoke every day about any and everything. Dale Jr holds the secrets to all the family recipes. His first princess Dalia and him shared the love of music, singing and dancing which was one of their greatest memories. He continued to nurture and take care of his family, until they grew apart and that marriage ended in divorce.

He then met and married Jennifer Browne Rolle for eight years. In 1989 when hurricane HUGO cost devastation to the island they relocated to Florida. To this union a child was born T’Rell and he inherited two Bonus Boys Triston Weeks and Tabarie Henry. The Highlight of his marriage to Jennifer was being able to witness their son Tabarie make it to two US Olympics. He was also so humble to see his Son T’rell travel the world as part of the US NAVY. He continued to cherish his family long after this marriage ended.

His third and last marriage was to Cynthia Matthias-Jones whom he Married on August 22, 2000, with this union came a baby girl Abigail. Dale Sr became a father to her two other children. He helped to give them a stable family and happy home. He was proud to witness his last child graduate from High School. Cynthia and Dale were married for five years and divorced September of 2005.

Dale was kind, caring and always had a pleasant smile. He was a devoted and loving father, companion and friend. Always willing to lend a helping hand and offer advice. He was happiest during occasions when he spent time socializing with family and friends. He loved nothing more than fishing, hanging out and cracking jokes with his family. “Boy” he could tell you some things that will make you laugh until you cry. He was such a straightforward person he gets right to the point “No Chaser”.

He leaves to cherish his memories his devoted children, Dale Jr, Dalia, T’rell, Abigail Matthias, Triston and Tabarie. His Grandchildren, Dale III, Dante, Daleisha, Deasia, and Demi.

Sisters and Brothers, Laurice Matthias (Deceased), Anna Matthias (Deceased), Betty L. Matthias (CT), David A. Matthias, (STT), Stephen L. Matthias (NY), Theresa M. Matthias (STT), Nicole A. Matthias(STT).

A Host of Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Close Friends too numerous to mention.

The family will receive friends on Sunday January 10, 2021 from 1pm to 4pm at Haisten Funeral Home with interment to follow at Georgia National Cemetery on Wednesday January 13, 2021.

Services

  • Visitation - Haisten Funeral Home

    Sunday, January 10, 2021

  • Interment - Georgia National Cemetery

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Memories

Dale Matthias, Sr.

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Ivy and Lindon Wilson

January 10, 2021

Pops we will miss you 😢 , but we will remember you♥️ Till we see again

Shirley-ann Rhule

January 10, 2021

I met Dale through Jennifer and he quickly became a great friend of mine and a uncle figure to my two boys. He was kind, caring and most of all a very honest person. I will miss our talks/ counseling, his jokes, his barbecue and most of all his laughter. Dale was a blessing and I am forever grateful for all he did for my boys.
Rest in peace my dear friend.

Paul Jackson

January 10, 2021

In loving memory my cousin known to many as a Grandfather a Father an Uncle and Husband. I would like to mostly remember him as my friend somebody that I could talk to and get Savvy wisdom from. I have learned so much from him throughout the years and what stands out as one of his greatest contributions was just his kindness towards his fellow men and women .I have seen him embrace people on the street in need of a few dollars with a warm handshake and embrace like he knew the individual when he actually just met him that was one of the things that really impressed me about him a kind loving gesture like that goes a long ways. . He always had a way of making an impossible Journey a pleasurable experience with his infectious laugh and a hearty look on life no matter what the circumstances were. I could say how much I'll miss him but that will not be entirely true because I will always have a piece of him in my heart everyday and share some of the wisdom that I have personally gain from him with others .although he may not be here physically when I pray I know I'll always be able to stay in touch and for that I am truly grateful that I had the pleasure of getting to know him and being apart of his life may God bless him and all of us near and far and give us a piece of mind knowing that he is a good man in a good place.

Morine Thomas

January 10, 2021

There are so many things and areas that you are reminded in and by that it is remarkable! In the elections and current happenings, you foresaw it! Each time I tune in to a football game, I'll remember you, especially if your QB is playing. I will always remember you if a cooking gadget is advertised on TV and especially if I watch a cooking show. When the grill is fired up, you will be remembered and, of course, at a holiday or birthday gathering when the meat is to be carved. I'll remember you reminding me that I'm the oldest one in the household so I need to be careful and get rest.

I was supposed to type the following memory gem on fancy paper for you and I never did, so here goes - "There are three things which comes not back; the spoken word, the spent arrow and the neglected opportunity."

I honestly believe that Lulu knows that something is amiss but we must let you go. Sleep on my brother and take your rest. You will always be remembered. Gone but not forgotten.

Theresa Gatling

January 10, 2021

When I think about my cousin Dale, I think about his laugh. It was full and contagious, and always made me smile or laugh myself. I willl miss his laugh and smile the most for how speaking with him made me feel. I pray for strength and peace in the family. Rest in heaven, Dale.

T'rell Matthias

January 10, 2021

You call him Dale, I call him Dad but as of late he was more like my best friend a man that inspired me and pushed to be greater than i was the day before. My father can be quite rough around the edges but don't let that fool you. My father is the kindest man i know willing to help you before helping himself and he has instilled in me his life lessons and morals just like he has with everyone he has encountered in this journey called life. Words can't describe the emotions i am going through. But if you know my Dad is not one do dwell on bad news and i know even though he is gone he would want me to keep my head up and be strong.

My father is the king of quotes and one that all ways hits home for me now more than ever is "The true measure of a man is what he will do when no is looking" I know you are in a better place looking over all of us now.

I just one you to know one last time from your baby boy.
T'rell A. Matthias I LOVE YOU DAD!!!!

In resting memory of Dale A. Matthias Sr.

Gena Cintra

January 10, 2021

Dale,

Thank you. Thank you always for your kinds words. Thank you for always having open arms. I did not have the pleasure of meeting you in person, however the few phone calls exchanged did make an impact in my life. Thank you for your guidance.

Most importantly, I want to thank you for raising such an amazing son and being such an asset to your family.

You are so attentive and so wise. Ensuring your son T'rell and I always make sure to make smart decisions. To be patient and respect one another always.

Rest easy, you will be missed never forgotten. We love you!

Kimala Carey

January 9, 2021

Dale Matthias made a difference in so many lives. I am thankful that he made my kids and I a member of his family, learning and growing from him. Where live pass memories will carry on forever. Always calling me the go get it lady. Never a sad moment when with family! is tell it like it is ,and still love and laughter! I will miss you.

Sandi Williams

January 9, 2021

Dale was a kind , sincere , proud man, as I moved to Florida in 1997, with my son Shondu , had my son Tariq, found my self at times needing a baby sitter. Since the boys met Tr'ell, Tabarie & Triston & they got along so well. Dale didn't hesitate to offer his house as the babysitting club. I thank him from the bottom of my heart for his kindness. He will truly he missed. My deepest condolences to the entire Family.

Remuro Henry

January 9, 2021

I would like to send my condolences to Dale family and friends. He was a great man he made me feel like family. The last time we saw each other I told him that my girlfriend was feeling under the weather, He took us to his backyard and started cutting down things in his garden we could use for tea to make her feel better. He was a very encouraging man. He knew all the right things to say to you to make you feel better. I was hoping to see you again one last time to get some words of encouragement but I know you’re in a better place and we all are missing you.

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