Matthew C. Mitchell
June 9, 1941 – September 30, 2015
Matthew C. Mitchell, known fondly as “Bebop,” age 74, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.
Born in Harrisburg, PA on June 9, 1941, Matthew was a son of the late William Mitchell and Rosemary (Hanahoe) Mitchell. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. A 32 year employee of the U.S. Postal Service, Matthew made his career as a postal supervisor until his retirement in 1998.
A devout Catholic, he was a longtime parishioner of Holy Family Church in Newark where he served as head usher, Eucharistic minister and co-chairperson of the Summer Fest. Matthew was active in the Knights of Columbus, St. Michael Council #4548, as a 4th Degree member of the Cardinal Gibbons Assembly #150 and the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, Cpl Bernard McCarren Division 2, all of Newark. In his leisure time, he enjoyed hitting the links for a good game of golf. A devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather, he looked forward to family trips to Disney World and spending time with his loved ones, especially his grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Matthew was preceded in death by his siblings, William, Martin and Rosemary Mitchell. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Beverly M. (Quinn) Mitchell; daughters, Tammy Mitchell of Tampa, FL, Tracy Anderson of Newark and Teri Lynn DiDonato (Vinnie) of Newark; brothers, Robert Mitchell (Barb) of Newark, Patrick Mitchell (Dee) of Wesley Chapel, FL, Michael Mitchell of Newark and Wayne Mitchell (Terri) of Newark; grandchildren, Jamie Davis (Joe Cappelletti) of Port St. Lucie, FL, Sean Anderson, Kacey Anderson, Austin DiDonato and Alexis DiDonato, all of Newark; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 am on Monday morning, October 5, 2015, at Holy Family R.C. Church, E. Chestnut Hill and Gender Roads, Newark, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11:30 am Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Matthew’s memory may be made to the Food Bank of Delaware, 14 Garfield Way, Newark, DE 19713 or to the Holy Family Parish Outreach Center, 15 Gender Rd., Newark, DE 19713.