Paul James Matthews, 95, a resident of Newburyport, died Monday morning June 14, 2021 at Port Healthcare Center in Newburyport. He was born on January 26, 1926 in Newburyport, MA to the late James and Mary Matthews. Paul was raised in Newburyport and was a graduate of Newburyport High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1944 and served our country proudly, receiving the Purple Heart and 2 Bronze Battle Stars during WWII. Following his service Paul was employed for many years as a Program Designer at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard until his retirement.
Paul was predeceased by his loving wife Christine K. (Kotopoulis) Matthews in July 2020; he is survived by his cousin, Byron and Helen Matthews; sister-in-law, Joanne Matthews and son Peter Matthews; nephew, Joey and niece Dale Spaulding, and godchildren Alex Souleotis and Christine Ray.
Family and friends are invited to his graveside service with military honors at Westlawn Cemetery in Lowell, MA at 10:00 AM on Friday June 18, 2021. The Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home 193 High St. Newburyport, MA 01950 is assisting Mr. Matthews’ family with his funeral arrangements.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Paul’s name to Harborside Hospice 241 Winter St. Haverhill, MA 01830.
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