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William Phillip "Bill" Matthews Obituary
MATTHEWS, Attorney William Phillip "Bill" Of Maynard died on Monday, December 27, 2011, after a long struggle with Multiple Myeloma. He was 77. Born and raised in West Newton, he was the son of the late Thomas L. and Irene (Gaudette) Matthews. At St. Mary's High School, in Waltham, he played baseball and football, captaining the football team his senior year. A graduate of Boston College (1957), Bill graduated from Portia Law School (now the New England School of Law) in 1962. He was a prominent criminal defense lawyer for most of his life, practicing in Newton and throughout the state. In the last years of his career, he was delighted to have his daughter Mary act as his legal assistant allowing him to continue to practice even after his diagnosis. He retired in 2010. He was an Alderman from 1966 to 1970, representing the village of Auberndale and parts of West Newton and Newton Lower Falls. He served six years in the Massachusetts National Guard. Bill leaves behind his wife of thirty-four years, Lucy (Caramanica) Matthews, and five children: attorney Kendra Matthews of Portland, Oregon, Thomas L. Matthews and his wife Amanda of Maynard, Elizabeth Condon and her husband Peter of Rockland, Marcella Matthews and James Gath, of Maynard, and Mary Matthews of South Boston. He leaves one grandson, Peter Condon, Jr. and his three siblings, Thomas L. Matthews and his wife Rose, Margaret Ann Murphy and her husband James, both of Falmouth, and John L. Matthews of West Newton. Viewing at the Burke & Blackington Funeral Home, 1479 Washington St., West Newton, on Friday, December 30, 2011 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Bernard's Church, 1523 Washington St., West Newton, on Sat. Dec. 31, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. Interment at Calvary Cemetery. The family asks that in lieu of flowers a donation in Bill's honor be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (www.themmrf.org), 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851. Burke & Blackington Funeral Home www.BurkeFamilyFuneralHomes.com
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Published in The Boston Globe on Dec. 29, 2011
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