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Matthew C. Mitchell  

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.

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  1. Lois Mitchell, October 2, 2015

    May you rest in peace, knowing that you fought a hard battle with every ounce of strength you had. Albeit though, it was your heart and what you held precious in life that kept you going, giving you that strength to keep fighting.,,,your family.
    The love for them and the love they had for you will forever be dear to those who knew you and crossed your path. Those grandkids have nothing but good memories and will hold them close to their hearts forever. Bebop will always be there, sitting on their shoulder as their guardian angel.
    For all of us, well… I just feel we have been enriched with something special and will never forget that.
    Miss you Matt!
    Tell Marty i said to behave …and that i miss him each and every day!

  2. Shelagh thomas, October 2, 2015

    Prayer for your family. So sorry for your loss

  3. Sister Alexander Siegel, October 2, 2015

    I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and praying for you. Matt was a great man and friend. I will miss him.

  4. Pete and Daryl, October 3, 2015

    Matthew, we are sad beyond words and will miss you terribly. Thank you for being a wonderful friend to us both. Anyone who could put up with Pete and enjoy it was blessed with a heart of gold. What will Holy Family and summerfest do without you? Love and peace to you.

  5. Dawn Huss, October 3, 2015

    To the Mitchell family: You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. We knew Matt for many years through the post office and working with my dad, Joe Becker. My husband is active with the Knights of Columbus and knew Matt through his charitable works.
    Dawn Becker Huss

  6. Cookie & Ed McGill, October 3, 2015

    Our sympathy goes out to the family. We will keep all in our thoughts & prayers.

  7. Bob McCloskey, October 3, 2015

    To the Mitchell family, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Bob McCloskey and family

  8. Darlene & Dave Woodside, October 4, 2015

    Dear Beverly, Tammy, Traci and Teri,
    We are so verysorry to her of Matt’s/Dad’s death. He was the just the nicest man, always with a smile on his face and a welcoming handshake and hug. He will be missed by so many. Will miss his fellowship each Christmas Eve. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Hoping that all the memories you have made together will keep Matt/Dad close in your heart and ease your pain.
    Dave & Darlene Woodside

  9. Tammy Mitchell, October 6, 2015

    Wow, I cannot believe you are gone. Who will I call when Mom is working? Who will answer my business questions? Who will visit me in Florida and be content to just hang out with me? You have left a huge void for me, Dad. I am heartbroken. I know you are at peace now…but I am selfish and spoiled and ill – prepared to not have you here. You were the best – best pal, best sushi-date, best adventurer, best DAD. I will miss you each day. Love you forever, Dad.


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