Matthew J. DePasquale, “Mattie”, age 52, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on December 9, 2014 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington following a long and courageous battle with Kidney Disease.
Mattie was born on August 12, 1962; he was the cherished son of the late Rocco and Rita DePasquale. Mattie was raised and educated in Wilmington in his early years and went on to graduate from Austin Prep High School in Reading with the Class of 1980. Mattie loved playing youth hockey in Wilmington and was the goalie for the Austin Prep Cougars.
Mattie had a great work ethic and a personality to match; he spent many years working alongside his family at Rocco’s Restaurant before taking over with his brother Chuckie following the retirement of their dad Rocco. Mattie loved to cook and could often be found sitting with his customer’s and chatting about their lives and their families. Mattie was always very welcoming to the Wilmington High School students and sports teams and hosted many fundraisers, banquets and pre-game dinners for them. One of Mattie’s passions was cooking for the Boston Bruins following their practices at Ristuccia Rink. Mattie loved to interact with the team players; they always had a great time together.
In his spare time, Mattie enjoyed tinkering with gadgets, sports cars, and his many “toys” but most of all he loved to go fishing. He felt most at peace on a boat in the middle of the ocean waiting for the fish to bite. Mattie’s annual fishing trips with his daughter Melanie to celebrate her birthday were some of their favorite memories. Melanie loved talking with her dad because he always knew the right thing to say to make her day.
Mattie was known to be quite a “history buff”; he loved to read and research books and articles on World War II and the Vietnam War. Mattie was very proud of his father in law, as well as all of the men and women past and present that served the country and would do anything to help out various Veterans organizations.
Mattie was a “giver” of his time, talents, and funds to every worthy cause in the community. He helped with Strings Attached, various school events, sporting events, and community fund raisers, just to name few and he did this without seeking any recognition. In honor of his selflessness and outstanding citizenship, the community of Wilmington recognized him by awarding him the 2005 Good Guy Award. Mattie was well deserving of this award and more for his kindness to others.
Mattie will be fondly remembered for his unconditional love and support for his family. Mattie always beamed with such pride when he spoke of his wife, daughters, parents, siblings, nieces, and most of all when he spoke of his adored grandson Mason. He loved playing with his “beautiful boy” and diligently tried to teach the baby to say “Grampy.” Mattie had a great sense of humor and enjoyed playing practical jokes on his family and friends. Mattie loved having his family together for holidays, family vacations, or any celebration that could bring the “gang” together. Mattie and his family enjoyed traveling and their recent trip to Europe, especially seeing Italy, was a trip of a lifetime that will be cherished for years to come.
Mattie handled his life with courage and strength through the adversity of his illness, never giving in and fighting for every day. He is truly and inspiration that led his life by example and he will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and a grateful community.
Mattie was the beloved husband of Jane M. (Estrella) DePasquale, devoted father of Alison and Melanie DePasquale, loving “Grampy” of Mason Matthew, all of Wilmington. Cherished son of the late Rocco and Rita (Lydon) DePasquale, dear brother of Mark DePasquale & his wife Christine of Salem, NH, Rocco “Chuck” DePasquale & his wife Denise, Mary-Jo Cann, and Regina LeBlanc & her husband Chris all of Wilmington. Uncle of Kaitlyn & Carley Cann, Courtney DePasquale, Samantha & Lauren DePasquale, Alex, Chloe, & Jordan LeBlanc, Kaylee, Emma, & Lindsay Estrella, son-in-law of Anthony & Michele Estrella of Florida and Mary Jane Estrella of Rhode Island, brother-in-law of Rev. Brian Estrella & his wife Katie of Rhode Island. Mattie is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, December 11th from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Mattie’s Funeral Service will be held at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, December 12th at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Matthew’s name may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062 or Donate Life New England, 60 First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451.