Gregory Matthews, of Bedford, MA, died on Jan. 9, 2023, after a long illness. Greg is survived by his wife, Beverley (Bond) Matthews; daughter, Allison Matthews, and her husband, Vinay Eapen; son, David Matthews, and his partner, Zoë Mackay.
Greg was born on July 7, 1957, the only child of Robert and Ruth Matthews, of Orange, New Jersey. Despite the early loss of his mother, family and friends describe Greg’s childhood and teen years as “wonderful” and “magical.” He especially loved summers at his grandparents’ home on the New Jersey shore: captaining his wooden boat, “The Greg”; swimming in the ocean; playing arcade games; and riding the boardwalks’ roller-coasters with his father. The rest of the year, he enjoyed riding go-karts and snowmobiles and piloting sailplanes.
Greg was a graduate of Cortland (NY) High School and Cornell University, earning a B.S. in biophysics from Cornell University in 1979. He then attended graduate school in biophysics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
It was at Cornell University, in a freshman-year biology class, that Greg met Beverley. They were married at the Setauket (NY) Presbyterian Church in 1986.
Following their marriage, Bev and Greg lived in Pasadena and then South Pasadena, CA. While Beverley completed graduate studies and a Postdoctoral Fellowship, Greg managed computer systems at the LAC+USC Medical Center. Their daughter, Allison, was born in 1991 and their son, David, in 1993. They moved to Massachusetts in 1994 where Greg pursued a career in Information Systems Management.
Greg had an inordinate amount of patience in working with kids of all ages, helping them to better understand the topic at hand, or finding just the right materials and equipment to complete a project. He was unfailingly kind; he often befriended and aided folks from all walks of life that he met in everyday encounters.
Among his many hobbies and talents, Greg was a gourmet cook; a competitive badminton, tennis, and ping-pong player; an audiophile; a scuba diver and a talented photographer. He was a student of mathematics his entire life.
Greg was a devoted father, always encouraging Allison and David in their diverse interests. Greg followed Allison and David’s college and graduate school research with interest. The family was grateful that Greg could attend Allison’s PhD defense and sad that he will not be at David’s PhD defense this spring.
In addition to Beverley, Allison, Vinay, David, and Zoë, Greg is survived by his step-mother Dolores, step-siblings Linda Williams and Bill Parks, sisters-in-law Barbara Williams and Linda Bond, brother-in-law Rick Bond and his wife Chris Bond, his nieces and nephews, cousins, and many, many friends.
A remembrance will be held at 1 p.m. on March 18 at the First Parish in Bedford. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Toys for Tots (www.toysfortots.org/donate), Masterworks Chorale (www.masterworkschorale.org/supportus), or go out in the community and perform an act of kindness in his honor.