John Richard DiMatteo
September 13, 1931 – May 5, 2019
John R. DiMatteo, beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend passed away on May 5, 2019. He is survived by his wonderful wife Patricia, his magnificent children Susan, Martha, and Andrew, their spouses Ted, Tony, and Debi, his curious grandchildren Cammy and Halsey, Tony Jr and Caitlin, Kelly and Conor, and his grandson-in-law Evan.
This obituary was written by his grandchildren who worshipped their “Pa”.
Born in Portland, Maine on September 13, 1931 to two loving parents, Rosario and Josephine DiMatteo, and four older siblings, Bartholomew (Bart), Angela (Angie), George, and Mary. He graduated from Deering High School before earning his B.S. from Babson College, then served in the U.S. Army. When he returned from his service, he put his degree to use as a public accountant and worked hard to eventually become a partner at Jordan & Jordan. He went on to Guy Gannett Publishing & Broadcasting where he became president from 1978-1991. He retired but did not quit. After retirement from his business career he provided consultation services for the Bernard and Barbro Foundation, San Francisco, CA, and served as a trustee on 17 boards, including MaineHealth and the University of Maine System, of which he was incredibly proud. His community recognized his work in return, honoring him with numerous awards, of which he was far too humble to ever speak.
He had many notable accomplishments throughout his impressive career which serve as a tremendous source of pride for the family he built with the love of his life, Patty, our Nana. His family was the center of his life. When we reflect on our memories, however, we realize the magnitude of the real gifts he gave us all:
He gave us perspective, and encouraged us to make decisions for the unique individuals that he knew us to be because he knew that is the only way fulfillment could be achieved. There was great comfort in knowing he was on your team, which he always was. If you needed wisdom, he was the wisest. If you needed a hug, his arms were the readiest.
He gave us permission to see unabashed humor in life’s hiccups. Only Pa could recognize the silly in cancer treatments, or relieve his pain through the witty poems he penned. He found joy in every little thing, so we do too.
He gave us consistency--in his values, his commitments, and his love--which he expressed frequently and without pause. Every phone call began the same way, “It is so GOOD to hear your voice”.
He gave us each other.
One can never prepare for the death of a person so significant as our Pa. We miss him, we love him, we carry him with us wherever we go.
Donations can be made in John’s name to: St. Pius X Catholic Church, 492 Ocean Ave, Portland, ME 04103 or Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St. Portland ME 04013.
The family invites you to a time of visitation on Friday May 10th from 4:00 to 7:00pm at Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St, Portland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday May 11th at 10:00am at St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Ave, Portland followed by a committal service at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.
You may offer your condolences or share your memories at www.jonesrichandbarnes.com
- Rosario DiMatteo, Father
- Josephine DiMatteo, Mother
- Patricia DiMatteo, Wife
- Susan ., Daughter
- Ted ., Son-in-law
- Martha ., Daughter
- Tony ., Son-in-law
- Andrew ., Son
- Debi ., Daughter-in-law
- Cammy ., Grandchild
- Halsey ., Grandchild
- Tony . Jr., Grandchild
- Caitlin ., Grandchild
- Kelly ., Grandchild
- Conor ., Grandchild
- Evan ., Grand Son In Law
- Bartholomew (Bart) ., Brother
- Angela (Angie) ., Sister
- George ., Brother
- Mary ., Sister
- Andrew DiMatteo
- Ted Keiler
- Tony Vorlicek
- Gene Reardon
- Joe Reardon
- Halsey Keiler
- Tony Vorlicek, Jr.
- Conor DiMatteo
St. Pius X Catholic Church
492 Ocean Ave, Portland , Maine 04103
Maine Mecical Center
22 Bramhall St, Portland , Maine 04103
- Visitation Friday, May 10, 2019
- A Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, May 11, 2019
- Committal Service Saturday, May 11, 2019
John Richard DiMatteo
May 10, 2019
I had the great honor of working with John at Guy Gannett where he served as President. I remember him as a dedicated professional who was always ready to offer you encouragement and appreciation for the work we all did on behalf of the organization. He was one of the most honorable and trustworthy people I have ever been associated with . My condolences to his wonderful family. He is and was a great man.
May 10, 2019
I am lucky enough to have known John and his family for my entire life. John and my father worked together when I was young (as were they) and John's children have been lifelong friends. Most recently John was a board member at Walch Education and Printing, where I work. Getting to know John professionally was a real treat. He was smart, funny, modest and always made productive contributions. When John spoke, people listened. John was a wonderful business advisor and ally. I will treasure his memory.
I should also say that my father enjoyed many years of friendship with John. Both professionally and personally they covered a lot of miles (many while hiking!). Dad was sad to learn of John's passing, having just spoken with him last week, but his life is better for having known John.
May 9, 2019
As reported by his grandchildren, “Pa” was a consultant to The Bernard Osher Foundation. The relationship between John and Bernard Osher began in the 1950s when Barney retained John’s accounting services while he oversaw Sam’s Place, the Osher family’s hardware store in Biddeford. Once Barney moved to California in the early 1960s and purchased Butterfield and Butterfield, a fine arts auction house, he and John Gallo asked John to provide expert counsel on various matters. The two Johns and Barney also became fly-fishing colleagues, with John DiMatteo acknowledged as the best fisherman of the three.
As the Foundation undertook a major initiative in integrative medicine 20 years ago, John became an important consultant with the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women’s Hospital. His wise counsel helped lead the Center to new heights in research, education, and clinical practice.
John’s contributions also benefited the Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine (USM) – a library developed by Barney’s older brother, Dr. Harold Osher, and his wife, Peggy. John took the lead in negotiating a new gift agreement between USM and Dr. Osher just last year.
My fortunate connection with the Osher Foundation and the Osher family provided me with singular opportunities to work with John both on integrative medicine and the Osher Map Library. We engaged in frequent telephone conversations, exchange of written materials, and in-person meetings over the past 16 years – treasured encounters all.
John spoke often and most lovingly of his family – beginning with Patty, their three wondrous children and their spouses, and, of course, as John identified them, the truly remarkable “grandchickens.”
For all of us who had the privilege of knowing him, we might borrow from Chaucer and Shakespeare to note that John was “a truly perfect, gentle Knight” and to conclude that we shall not soon “look upon his like again.”
May 9, 2019
Mr. DiMatteo was a galvanizing force in my career. As an employee of Guy Gannett and later as a recipient of his generous leadership as I began my own company, I will always be grateful for his steady, optimistic guidance. I will always remember his most sage advice. “Run your company lean. Pay attention to the margins and look for efficiencies.” Sounds prosaic, but his wisdom meant everything over thirty years.
Much love and solace to his wonderful family. Mr. DiMatteo was an extraordinary man. Good in every way. I am deeply grateful to have had the benefit of his friendship.
May 8, 2019
Dear members of Mr. DiMatteo's family,
For the six years that I served as the Director of the Harvard Osher Center, I had the great pleasure of meeting with John once or twice a year, when he came to our Center with Mr. Bernard Osher and Dr. Mary Bitterman. John was always 100% supportive, so generous with his time, and wise in his advice. I will never forget his wonderful smile.
He will be dearly missed, and I will always count myself blessed that I have had the chance to know him.
Sending you all my deepest sympathy in this difficult time,
May 8, 2019
We wonder, John, had we Maguires never met you, would any or all of us ever have: delighted in those tiny Maine shrimp you so patiently peeled; flown in a sea plane and landed on a lake; tasted such delicious sun ripened tomatoes from the garden; learned how to roast a red pepper; learned to recite and remember to this day ‘The Quitter’ by Robert Service; known what an Italian sub is; giggled at so many silly jokes; dug clams; been to your beloved Milly; learned to fire a rifle at such a young age; seen such love for a wife and family; made such solid friends with Mainers or learned to rock a plaid shirt?! We don’t think so. Rest in peace John and thank you for it all.
May 8, 2019
I was introduced to John by a mutual friend and associate Bernard Osher. It turned out to be a life-changing association. John's wisdom and experience he gladly shared with me any time I needed advice or perspective. Always willing to support my needs, he was a 30-year resource of intelligence, dignity, morality, and comfort.
We spent time together in San Francisco and while enjoying many fishing trips throughout the country. He carried his family in his heart and soul wherever and whenever we traveled together. I know they will miss him dearly...and so will I.