Stephen John Matatics III Obituary

Stephen John Matatics III, formerly of 5929 Shady Creek Lane, Port Orange, Florida, died suddenly early Monday morning 8/15/22 at Reflections Memory Care in Port Orange.

Steve was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on July 6, 1931, and attended local schools before earning a degree in architecture from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Steve then joined the US Air Force. While stationed in North Africa, he met his future wife, Jeannette. They married in Tangier, Morocco in 1956.

As a young military family, Steve and Jeannette traveled most of the fifty states, stationed at six different Air Force bases over the next eighteen years, while raising their three sons, Gerald, Roland and Eric. After serving in the Air Force for over twenty years, Steve went on to teach Industrial Arts at Hampton Academy before joining the Portsmouth City Planning Board as a Building Inspector.

Upon retirement, Steve and Jeannette returned several times to the European continent to visit relatives and historic sites. Over the next twenty years, they shared homes in New Hampshire and Florida, enjoying the parks, concerts, and other cultural offerings both states offered. They often volunteered their time and talents at local civic events and enjoyed painting and gardening together.

Steve loved photography and often had the latest camera in his hands. He was also fond of music, playing classical, big band and pop records from his extensive collection.

Steve’s Christian faith was important to him. During his school and college years, he was an active communicant in the Episcopal Church, serving as an acolyte and choir member. Later, at St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Port Orange, Steve was a member of the vestry and attended Mass as a lay reader and chalice bearer.

Steve is predeceased by Jeannette, his beloved wife of sixty-six years. He is survived by their sons, wives, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and relatives in England and Hungary.

The family would like to thank the administrators and staff of Comfort Keepers Home Care, Countryside Lakes, VITAS and Reflections for their professionalism and dedicated care over the past few months.

A funeral service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 101 Chapel Street, Portsmouth, NH 13801 Tel. 603-436-8283 (stjohnsnh.org) at 11 a.m. Friday, August 26, 2022.

Please visit the websites of Farrell’s Funeral Home (farrellfhportsmouth.com) 684 State Street Portsmouth, NH 03801 (tel. 603-436-5418) and Lohman’s Funeral Home (lohmanfuneral homes.com) 1201 Dunlawton Avenue Port Orange, FL 32127 (Tel. 386-761-1100) for details.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude’s Research Hospital at 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105-3678 may be offered.

Posted August 22, 2022

Published in Portsmouth Herald/Foster’s Daily Democrat/Seacoast Sunday, Portsmouth Herald/Foster’s Daily Democrat/Seacoast Sunday

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St. John’s Episcopal Church 101 Chapel Street Portsmouth, NH 13801

August 26, 2022 at 11:00

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