Obituary: John F. Mathews of Middletown

John F. Mathews of Middletown passed away on Wednesday September 11, 2013. He was the son of the late Margaret and Harry Mathews of Newport.

He was predeceased by his brothers Henry, and William and his sister, Marguerite Davidson.

He was the husband of the late Teresa (Rybinska) Mathews.

Hap was born and raised in the “Fifth” Ward in Newport and was a 1948 graduate of Rogers High School.

After serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict, he graduated from the University of Rhode Island. While at U.R.I., he was active in sports and was a member of the 1955-56 undefeated football team.

He was retired from the State of Connecticut, where he served as the Director of Administrative Services in the Community-Technical College System. While at that position, he also served as President of the CSEA Union chapter at Norwalk Community College. He was transferred to Thames Valley Technical College, where he was elected a member of the Advisory Panel to the Board of Trustees of the Community - Technical Colleges. He also served as Treasurer for the AFSME Chapter for Technical Colleges.

He is survived by his four daughters, Carole Mathews of Camden, Maine; Sharen Thompson and her husband Greg of Greensboro, NC; Joanne Throwe and her husband Scott of Laurel, Maryland, and Christine Mathews of Davie. Florida. He is also survived by eight grandchildren.

He also leaves his brother Robert and his wife Edith of North Kingstown, R.I. as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am Wednesday September 18, 2013 St. Augustin’s Church on Carroll Avenue, Newport, RI followed by burial in St. Columba’s Cemetery, Brown’s Lane, Middletown, RI. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to St. Augustin’s Church, 2 Eastnor Road, Newport, RI 02840.

Funeral arrangements are by the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral home, for more information and online condolences, please visit