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Edward Matta

Edward "Eddie" Matta, 87 years, a lifelong resident of Brockton, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Good Samaritan Medical Center, after a brief illness, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Shirley R. (Doten) Matta and the co-owner and operator of the Shirley Matta Dance Academy and Brockton School of Gymnastics. Among his many professional accomplishments, Eddie opened the dance and gymnastics school in 1956 with his wife, the same year the couple married. He was a graduate of Brockton High School, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a B.S. in Marine and Electrical Engineering, and Boston College, with a B.S. in Business Administration. A registered professional engineer for the state of Massachusetts, Eddie was the acting chief engineer and supervisory general engineer for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Brockton. He was one of 28 engineers selected from throughout the U.S. to initiate a safety program to be implemented in all Veteran Administration establishments. In addition, Eddie was a licensed merchant marine engineer officer, and was employed as a senior engineer, naval architect and mechanical engineer with Bethlehem Steel's Shipbuilding Division in Quincy. A recognized health safety official, Eddie was a member of the Harvard University Medical School of Public Health Sub-Committee on Hospitals. Eddie served in the military as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict. He continued to serve in the U.S. Naval Reserve and accrued over 30 years of commissioned service. He was selected as the Veteran of the Year of Brockton by the Brockton Veteran's Council in 1968 for his many years of service to the community. In addition to his volunteer work with the Brockton Veteran's Council, he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the D.A.V., and the American Legion. He was credited by the Veterans Administration and Brockton Fire Department for helping to save the lives of four painters who were overcome by fumes while painting the inside of the 160-foot high water tower at Brockton's veterans hospital. Eddie was involved in local politics having served as former chairman of the Brockton Board of Appeals and former chairman of the Brockton Parking Authority. He also served numerous fundraising committees that benefited the community and his church, including the Massasoit Community College Scholarship Foundation where he served as President. Eddie enjoyed boating in East Falmouth, traveling to Florida, golfing and spending time with his family. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Lisa Matta-Paze and her husband Michael, Linda Matta-Brailsford and her husband Gordon, all of Bridgewater, Lori Matta of Florida, Lesli Matta of California; his grandchildren, Christopher and Ashley Paze, and Brittney, Blake, and Brooke Brailsford; and his sister, Roseann Saad of Easton. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Richard, Thomas, James and Alfred Matta. Funeral from the Russell & Pica Funeral Home, 165 Belmont St. (Rte. 123), Brockton, Monday at 9:30 a.m. thence to St. Theresa Maronite Catholic Church, 343 No. Main St., Brockton where the Service of the Devine Mysteries will be celebrated at 10:30, a.m. Interment will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, at 1:15 p.m. Calling hours Sunday 3-7 p.m. with an incense service at 6 p.m. Due to flower restrictions at the cemetery, in lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations in his name to be made to Apache Way Farm Rescue Inc., (a forever home sanctuary for animals), 6109 West Knights Griffin Rd., Plant City, FL 33565. For guest book and directions, visit www.russellpicafuneralhome.com.


Published in The Enterprise from Apr. 10 to Apr. 11, 2014
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