Matava, Robert

Robert J. Matava, 90, of Unionville, passed away Friday, November 4th at his home that he built with his beloved wife Elizabeth “Bette” (Deegan) Matava. Born July 23rd, 1921 in Kerney, PA, son of the late Paul and Mary (Valigursky) Matava, he was a lifelong resident of Unionville. Bob was a highly decorated United States Marine Corps veteran of World War II, having served with distinction in the South Pacific area with the 3rd Marine Division, seeing harsh action in the following campaigns, Guadacanal, Bougainville and Guam, where he was twice wounded. Upon his return from the South Pacific, Bob established Edward Motor Service in Unionville in memory of his brother Edward who was killed in action on Iwo Jima. He was a member of the Iwo Jima’s Survivors Association. Bob was a founding member of the Iwo Jima Memorial in New Britain, a lifelong communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville, and a member of the VFW Post # 3272 in Avon. He is survived by his son, Robert D. “Skip” Matava of Unionville, his daughter Mary-Jo Matava of Unionville, his daughter, Patricia Matava Young and her husband Robert A. of Franklin, MA, his brother Jerry Matava and his wife Noreen of Burlington, three sisters, Sue Martin of Hyannis, MA, Bette and her husband George Lusis and Irene Bachman both of Port Orange, FL, and his grandchildren, Robert Joseph Matava of Arlington, VA, Christine A. Matava of New York City, Lindsay E. Young of Princeton, NJ, Robert A. Young Jr., and Colin R. Young both of Franklin, MA and several nieces and nephews. Bob fondly leaves many dear, close friends. The Funeral Mass celebrating Bob’s life will be held Thursday, November 10th (THE BIRTHDAY OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS) at 10:30am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Main St., Unionville followed by full Marine Corps Honor’s at St. Mary Cemetery in Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Marine Corps Family Foundation, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE Suite 57, Salem, OR 97309. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Home,

Calling Hours

Funeral Service

Thursday, November 10th, 2011 at 10:30am Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville


St. Mary Cemetery, Avon

Memorial Contribution

Marine Corps Family Foundation, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE Suite 57, Salem, OR 97309

22 Responses to 'Matava, Robert'



  2. Dani says:

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences to your family in this most difficult time. Soon your pain, grief and tears of sorrow will be replaced with eternal happiness and tears of joy. The Bible informs us that Almighty God will have a yearning to do the works of his hands (Job 14:14, 15) May this comfort you through your loss

  3. Carol Foley says:

    Skip … My deepest sympathies for your loss. I enjoyed all the stories about your dad that you shared over the years we worked together. You will always carry a special part of him in your heart, so he will never be far away.


  4. Sonny O'Sullivan says:

    Rest in peace Bob a pleasure to have known you and your family thank you Skip for bringing him to Plainville Stadium Reunion he hill be missed!

  5. Betsy Rudden says:

    Dear Jack,Debbie,Jackie and Patrick

    I am very sorry for your loss. I know how dedicated you have all been to Bob and the many, many things you did to support him. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time and you are in my thoughts. You have many friends that love and support you during this difficult time.


  6. brian hurlock says:

    jack , debbie,jackie , patrick

    we the town of unionville lost a great man, father,grandfather, he was a man of service- to his country, family,community, for the past 40 something years i have known the matava’s always supportive , jack i really know how much your father meant to you and your family, our hearts our broken, but he is in a happier place

    PS bob i will miss your smile, love brian hurlock and family

  7. Sage Rose says:

    Dearest Jack, Debbie, Jackie and Patava ~

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Bob has missed and will miss you as much as you miss him. As Dad and Grandfather Bob always knew how much you loved him.

    He cherished your love and quietly protected the memories of you – keeping them always safe in his heart, keeping them and his love for you safe from the grasp of unscrupulous others. Rest assured that your unwavering dedication, support, love and honesty made him proud and were always the constants upon which he relied for so many decades.

    Hoping you find comfort in remembering your favorite memories of Dad, in knowing that next to his love for Betty, that you were his precious blessings and the best part of his life here on Earth.

    Hoping you find peace knowing that your Dad is now free of all the senseless challenges and confusions unfairly thrust upon him. Dad is reunited with Betty and reunited too with the blessing of your constant, heartfelt love.

  8. Joseph Glanovsky says:

    Skip, Jack, Mary Jo, Patricia, Jerry and the entire Matava family.

    It is with great sadness I received the news of of BOB’S passing. I want to let you all know how very sorry I am for your loss. “BOB” was a great man and will be remembered fondly and missed. I will always remember the fond memories I have growing up in Unionville and visiting with BOB along with my father at the garage.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Joe Glanovsky

  9. Ed and Kaathy Reinhard says:

    Dear Jack, Debbie, Jackie and Pat,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We know how much Bob was loved. We shared some great times with him. Always remember the good times. Ed & Kathy

  10. Linda Sims & Robert Drollett says:

    Jack, Debbie, Patrick and Jackie,

    Words can not describe how much our sympathy and warmest thoughts are with you right now. Bob was a wonderful man to everyone. Everytime I saw Bob he would always keep us updated on how the kids were and how all of the family was. I can truly say The Sims family sends our sincere heartfelt sympathy to you all. He is in wonderful hands. Our caring thoughts are with you all.

  11. Linda Sims & Robert Drollett says:

    Jack, Debbie, Patrick and Jackie,

    Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. I can still picture Bob over at his house working in the yard or fixing something. Always on the go. He always talked about you all very highly and would always keep us updated on Patrick and Jackie. He was very proud of you all. He will be deeply missed and is good hands now. Our sympathy and warmest thoughts are with you all right now. I know I can honenstly say from the entire Sims family, our sincere and heartfelt sympathy is with you all and may gods love give you strength.

  12. Philomena says:

    Jack, Debbie, Jackie & Patrick,

    I know firsthand how dedicated all of you were to Bob all of these years and all the loving care. Finally Bob can rest in peace, and I’m happy he had his dog this past year in Connecticut.

    Looking back, you can be very proud of taking such great care of Bob in so many ways with love.

    I love you guys — Love, Phil

  13. Robert A.Gagne says:

    Jack, Debbie, Jackie and Patric
    I am very sorry for your loss.
    I have not seen Bob in the past few years but I have many fond memories of him.
    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    I wish you strength and Gods peace in this time of sorrow.
    Good Bless
    Bob Gagne

  14. Don & Kathy Moon says:

    We were fortunate to enjoy a recent visit from Bob when he stopped at our garage and also when he attended the Plainville Stadium Reunion with Skip. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

  15. Richard & Marie Mulhall says:

    Jack, Debbie, Jackie & Patrick,
    We extend our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your father and grandfather. You will miss him, but may you find comfort in your memories and God’s love. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Love, Rich & Marie

  16. Carol & Mary Duprey says:

    Dear Jack, Debbie, Jackie & Patrick:

    We are so sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather. If he was anything like you guys, then we know that he was a good man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this hard time.

    Love- Carol & Mary

  17. Ken & Diane Sylvester says:

    Jack,Debbie, Jackie & Patrick;
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in our time of loss. We both know how difficult it is to lose a parent and grandparent that you were so close to and with whom you shared so many wonderful memories. Treasure those memories and take comfort in knowing that you were always there for Bob. Be assured that you were all very special to Bob – he appreciated your love and support.

    In our last conversations with Bob a few weeks ago, we were touched by his heartfelt comments on our friendship and his genuine appreciation for Ken’s commitment and service to Edward Motor as trusted employee over the years.

    Bob’s now reunited with his beloved Betty, who he’s truly missed. They are watching over you with pride and everlasting – eternal love.

    God bless and be with you all.

    Love, Ken & Diane

  18. Leo and Diane Gagne says:

    Jack, Debbie, Jackie and Patrick,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. All of you were so good to Bob and we know how much you loved him. He will truly be missed.

  19. All my heartfelt condolences go out to Mr. Matava’s family and friends. Chrissy, I’m so sorry you lost your Grandfather. Through his descendants, his patriotism and good spirits will live on.

  20. Elizabeth Quenneville says:

    Jack and Debbie, ,Jackie and Patrick. Our thoughts are with you , we know that you too loved Bob and that you too have lost a friend , father and grandfather. Joel and I share some happy times with Bob and his family. He will be missed.

  21. Robert & Jane McKenzie says:

    Rob, Aunt Irene & Family,

    It was such a shock to hear the news of your father’s passing and just wanted to let you know how very sorry we are. Jane and I both lost our dads in the last few years, so we know full well the grief you are experiencing.

    We will always have fond memories of your dad from those great gatherings at Thanksgiving dinner, your house, and most recently at his 90th birthday. He was always such a fun person to be around and we will miss his great stories, wit and charm.

    Please know that we are sharing your grief at this very sad and difficult time.

    In Friendship,

    Rob & Jane McKenzie

  22. Joe Burdzy says:

    Dear Matava Family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with You.Bob You will be missed.

    Mary and Joe Burdzy

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