OBITUARY

Matthew R. Matera

January 12, 1931October 7, 2020

Matthew R. Matera, 89, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, passed away at home on October 7, 2020. He was the husband of Palma M. (DeIorio) Matera. They were married for 63 years.

Born in Providence, RI, he was the son of the late Ralph and Mary (Cassiere) Matera.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Steven Matera and his wife Elizabeth of IA, and Laura Matera and her husband, Michael Repici of FL. He also leaves grandchildren, Heather Matera (James Butler) of NC, Thomas Matera of MD, Angelica Matera- Wilson (Joseph) of MD, and Robert Matera of IA; great grandchildren Adam and Jojo Wilson and many nieces and nephews.

He is a graduate of Providence College, class of 1952. He enlisted in the US Army where he served in the Counter Intelligence Corps in Washington DC during the Korean Conflict. His career in insurance operations management spanned 32 years with New York Life, taking him and his family to live several locations throughout the country.

He spent his life dedicated to service, starting with his involvement in parents' associations for his kids, Save the Bay, maintaining board positions for golfing and square dancing associations. He was a 25+ year volunteer for SCORE Chapter 427 of Waynesboro, VA, serving as Chapter Chair and Director. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council Order 10760 Heart of the Valley and served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. John the Evangelist Church in Waynesboro. He was an avid fisherman and golfer, and enjoyed all forms of dancing with his wife.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Matt's committal service on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 10:00 AM at the chapel of Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence or via live stream by accessing the link https://www.facebook.com/162459317105522.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Services

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    Friday, October 16, 2020

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Doris Bibb

October 16, 2020

Dear Mrs. Matera and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Matera was such a nice and kind man. I was your waitress at Waynesboro Country Club for many years. I so enjoyed seeing your family come for dinner and getting to know you.
Sincerely,
Doris Bibb.

Vickie Whitworth

October 15, 2020

Palma
So sorry to hear of Matt passing away . Sending prayers to friends & family. I let the square dance club know. Vickie

Susie Henderson

October 15, 2020

Palma & Family, So, so sorry to hear of Matt's passing. Your whole family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Tim Frees

October 15, 2020

Matt will be missed.
I have known Matt the past 10 years since being a volunteer with SCORE. Matt was always there for everyone and a great inspiration for all. Every time we ended a phone conversation, he would always say, "give my regards to Linda", my wife.

Our condolences and thoughts for his wife, Palma, and family.

Tim & Linda Frees

Anne and Jim Mahoney

October 12, 2020

Palma,
We are so sorry to hear of Matt's passing. He was a good friend to both of us as are you. We will continue to remember you both in our prayers.

Anne and Jim Mahoney

Patricia Cekada

October 10, 2020

Dear Palma and Family - Leo & I were so sorry to hear of Matt's passing, but know he is now free of pain and enjoying the Peaceful Light of his Savior. It was always uplifting to see him at Mass, he always had a special hug and greeting and always had time for conversation no matter where we saw him!! Both you, Palma, and Matt have been missed in Waynesboro since your move, but, at the same time, we are happy you were both close to family at the time he received God's call!
Love to all of you,
Leo and Pat Cekada
Port Republic, VA

Steve Wittenberg

October 10, 2020

Matt was good man. He always enjoyed sharing a laugh and a story. He lives on in the hearts of his family and all who knew him.
May he rest in peace.

Peggy keating

October 10, 2020

Dear Steve, We are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was always so pleasant and gracious. He was a wonderful role model for you and Robert. Give your Mom a hug for us. Love and prayers to you and your family. Peggy & Kevin

Kathy & Jimmy Smith

October 9, 2020

Dear Steve,
We were so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. We were remembering many years ago we met him at soccer practice. He surely did raise a fine son You carry on the Matera name in a way he must have been so proud.
We know your great faith will carry you though this tough time, but please know we are thinking of you, Liz and Robert.
Sincerely,
Kathy and a Jimmy Smith

Cori Hill

October 9, 2020

Such a warm, loving man. I always enjoyed our chats at Mass and church events. Prayers for peace for your family.

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Matthew R. Matera, 89, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, passed away at home on October 7, 2020. He was the husband of Palma M. (DeIorio) Matera. They were married for 63 years.

Born in Providence, RI, he was the son of the late Ralph and Mary (Cassiere) Matera.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Steven Matera and his wife Elizabeth of IA, and Laura Matera and her husband, Michael Repici of FL. He also leaves grandchildren, Heather Matera (James Butler) of NC, Thomas Matera of MD, Angelica Matera- Wilson (Joseph) of MD, and Robert Matera of IA; great grandchildren Adam and Jojo Wilson and many nieces and nephews.

He is a graduate of Providence College, class of 1952. He enlisted in the US Army where he served in the Counter Intelligence Corps in Washington DC during the Korean Conflict. His career in insurance operations management spanned 32 years with New York Life, taking him and his family to live several locations throughout the country.

He spent his life dedicated to service, starting with his involvement in parents' associations for his kids, Save the Bay, maintaining board positions for golfing and square dancing associations. He was a 25+ year volunteer for SCORE Chapter 427 of Waynesboro, VA, serving as Chapter Chair and Director. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council Order 10760 Heart of the Valley and served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. John the Evangelist Church in Waynesboro. He was an avid fisherman and golfer, and enjoyed all forms of dancing with his wife.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Matt's committal service on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 10:00 AM at the chapel of Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence or via live stream by accessing the link https://www.facebook.com/162459317105522.

For online condolences, please visit www.pontarellimarinofunerals.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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