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William S. “Bill” Mathews

October 28, 1928 - November 7, 2021

William S. “Bill” Mathews, age 93, of Felton, DE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 7, 2021.

Born in Jersey City, NJ on October 28, 1928, he was a son of the late Harold and Jessie (Nutt) Mathews. Bill proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. After his military service, he worked as a serviceman with his father and uncle for the Mathews Oil Burner Service. He then worked as service manager for the Roselle Globe Fuel Company, retiring after 28 years of dutiful service. An avid traveler, Bill loved taking road trips with his wife, Helen, in their trailer. He also enjoyed camping and spending time in the Pocono’s at Lake Adventure. Bill could often be found cheering on his beloved New York Yankees, singing in his church choir, and in his younger years, he was an avid bowler. But he and Helen cherished their time with their family the most.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife, Helen Mathews; and sister, Jean Krautter. He is survived by his sons, William R. Mathews (Cynthia) of Felton, James Mathews (Lori) of Wall, NJ, and David Mathews (Tammy) of Pleasant View, TN; grandchildren, Jennifer Luciani (Claude), Meghan, Gregory (Stephanie), Timothy, Shelby Nelson (Cody), Jillian, Mackenzie Cox (Andrew), and Chandler; and great-grandchildren, Avery and Liam Mathews and Scout Nelson.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11:30 am until 12 pm on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at New Castle United Methodist Church, 510 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 12 pm. Social distancing will be observed and face coverings will be required for all those in attendance, regardless of vaccination status. Interment will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in Brigadier General William C. Doyle Cemetery, 350 Province Line Road, Wrightstown, NJ.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bill’s memory to Special Olympics Delaware, an organization that was close to his heart. Donations can be mailed to 619 S. College Ave, Newark, DE 19716, or online by clicking here.

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11 Condolences for William S. “Bill” Mathews

  • He lived a beautiful life and seems to have been a wonderful inspiration for his family. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Our love to you all. An empty chair but a full heart of loving memories of both Grandpa Bill and Grandma Helen. I’ll always cherish that welcoming smile!
    Love, Valerie

  • Our hearts go out to you and your extended family on the loss of your father. As he was such a big part of your lives, he will be sorely missed by all. But remember with smiles and gladness all the wonderful times you were able to share for many, many years. May you find peace going forward knowing he is always with you in spirit. With our love always.

  • Blessings and peace.

  • May God comfort you in this time of profound loss. May your memories of your beloved father/ grandfather serve as a reminder of gentleness and kindness as long as you live.

  • What a wonderful man, special father, terrific grandfather and great grandpa to all his family. The close bond he had with Bill and Cindy and their family will be treasured always. Our deepest condolences to a life well spent and dearly loved!

  • Bill was (& continues to be!) a comfort & inspiration.
    With a smile that reached his eyes and a warmth that was contagious he will be deeply missed.
    There really aren’t any words but our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  • Hello to all of the Matthews family – on behalf of your Scottish family, Carol, Norma and Vera, may I send our kind wishes and deep condolences on the loss of your dear Bill. Our parents – Margaret and Hugh Boyd – were very fond of Helen and Bill. Mum and Helen shared a lifelong correspondence and enjoyed occasional, cherished, visits too. I still have a few of Helen’s lovingly hand-made Christmas decorations which she sent for our tree, over 50 years ago, now. Our sincere sympathies are with you all and we will be thinking of you.

  • Wishing peace and comfort to all. Mimi, Mary , Ray & the entire Maglione family.

  • The entire Mathew’s family,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. M. He was a joy to talk to and he always had such a twinkle in his eye, even when he didn’t hear me. We all know how hard it is to feel the pain of a great loss like this , but somehow knowing that Mr. M has joined Helen and our other guardian angels in Heaven and the loving memories you will cherish in your hearts , should lessen the pain and bring you peace in time.
    Prayers to the family.
    Love, Nancy and Kevin
    Sandy, Dan , Noelle and Gwen

  • Love You Uncle Bill.