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Edward P. Mata


1927 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Edward P. Mata Obituary
EDWARD P. MATA March 17, 1927 - April 20th, 2016 Edward Patrick Mata was born in Chino, California to Ernesto & Maria Mata on the luckiest day of the year, March 17, 1927. He was the second of four children, which included Esther, Hope and Phillip. In his teens he served several years in the Korean War. After his return and a few jitterbugs later he met and married the woman who would be his life partner, Esther Herrera Mata. The years that followed would bring them to the city of Riverside. Their family tree quickly grew with children: Eddie Mata, Dennis & Patti Mata, Patsy & Mick Hammer, and Stella & Randy Rios. As the years passed and the children grew, so did the family. Edward's career with the Meat Cutters Union came to a close around the time his first few grandchildren were born. Each branch of the Mata tree grew stronger as grandchildren Alecia, Tonya, Melina, Yvette, Tamara, Erica, Caylin, Sean, Katie and Randy Jr. and 15 great-grandchildren came into the family. Between years of teaching his grandchildren to swim and traveling the world with his sweetheart, he never stopped working. A passion for building with a knack for carpentry, his hands told the story of a man who lived to know joy and hardship. Never taking a day in vain, "Lalo", as he was known to many, he turned friends into family. Whether it was through work, neighbors or someone who needed a helping hand, no one was a stranger for long. If you were lucky enough to meet and know Edward P. Mata, you likely understood that his pot of gold was nestled in the hearts of those who loved him. On his last days, with Esther by his side, he gathered his "branches" and said goodbye to the family tree he spent his life growing. On Wednesday April 20, 2016, he departed from this life. In his memory his family & friends will live knowing they were lucky to have him and will forever love him. Memorial Service will be on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, 10:00am Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 3774 Jackson St, Riv.CA 92503. Burial will be at 12pm at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518 with Reception from 1-4pm at Riverside American Legion Post 79, 2979 Dexter Dr., Riverside, CA 92501.


Published in Press-Enterprise on May 1, 2016
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