Mr. Matthews commanded a landing craft in the South Pacific and in the Aleutian Islands, his daughter said, and from 1946 to 1975 was an officer in the Navy Reserve.
After World War II, he returned to Penn and graduated with a bachelor’s in physical education in 1948. He was a defensive lineman on the football team with future Eagles star Chuck Bednarik. Mr. Matthews attended graduate classes in education at Penn.
His daughter said that Mr. Matthews taught math at what is now Neumann Goretti from the mid- to late 1950s while helping to coach its football team and during that time returned to Penn to coach varsity lacrosse and freshman wrestling.
After his teaching career, Mr. Matthews worked as a contract administrator, first at Radio Corp. of America in Camden from 1959 to 1988, then at Boeing Vertol until he retired in 1995. Briefly thereafter, he taught business courses at Delaware County Community College.
A member of the Gen. Smedley Butler Marine Corps League, in which he was a commandant, Mr. Matthews earned the league’s Distinguished Service Award and its Distinguished Citizen Award.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars also gave him its Americanism Award. “He would knock on people’s doors if their flags were torn and tattered, the flags outside of people’s homes,” his daughter said, and would offer to pay for replacements.
Besides his daughter, Mr. Matthews is survived by sons Robert III, Michael, and Mark; a sister; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His wife, Sarah, died in 1995.
A visitation was set from 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Holy Cross Church, 651 E. Springfield Rd., before a 10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass there, with burial in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.
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