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John M. Mathews

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John M. Mathews

AGE: 65 • Newark

John M. Mathews, age 65, of Newark, died Monday, March 3, 2014, at home surrounded by his family. He was born to the late Paul and Ruth (O'Malley) Mathews, August 2, 1948, in Springfield, Massachusetts.

John was a graduate of Cathedral High School. In 1968, John proudly began service in the U.S. Coast Guard aboard the USCGC Hamilton during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1972. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Western New England College. He married Mary Elizabeth (DePretto) in 1976 and they lived together in Massachusetts for 15 years, where they began raising three children: Jennifer, Paul and Scott. In 1991, John and his family relocated to Newark. John and Mary were married for 37 years.

John was a devoted husband, loving father, doting grandfather, selfless brother, beloved uncle, dedicated friend, patient coach, history nut, ardent supporter of the University of Delaware women's basketball team and unrepentant Yankees fan. He was a freewheeling storyteller and a passionate debater. He gave his time willingly to causes both charitable (The St. Vincent DePaul Society) and personal (his friends and family). The world was better for having had him in it and his passing leaves an immeasurable void in the hearts of his loved ones.

In addition to his parents, John is preceded in death by his sister Grace.

John is survived by his wife Mary; his daughter Jennifer Boylan; his son Paul and his wife Jenny; and his son Scott and his wife Jen. He is also survived by his two granddaughters, Riley and Sarah; nine brothers and sisters; and 42 nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the dedicated medical professionals that cared for John as his health failed over the course of the last year.

Friends may call on Monday, March 10, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at the Strano & Feeley Family Funeral Home, 635 Churchmans Rd., Newark, DE 19702. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, 2431 Frazer Rd., Newark, DE 19702. Friends and loved ones may arrive at 10:30 a.m. to pay their respects. Interment will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Rd., Bear, DE 19701.

Contributions can be made to the St. Margaret of Scotland's St. Vincent DePaul Society, 2431 Frazer Rd., Newark, DE 19702. For directions or to express an online condolence, please visit

Strano & Feeley

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Published in The News Journal from Mar. 5 to Mar. 10, 2014
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