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Deacon Robert J. Matoney

Posted By DeJohn Funeral Homes On September 21, 2021 @ 11:54 am In Obituaries,South Euclid,Staff | 7 Comments

Robert Matoney

DEACON ROBERT J. “Bob” MATONEY age 69, beloved husband for 41 years of Louise (nee Imbrigotto); loving father of Kelly Matoney (husband Josh Hurwitz), Stacy Clark (husband Tony) and Bobby Matoney III; devoted grandfather of Sydney and Aaron Clark and Jacob and Isabella Hurwitz; cherished son of the late Robert J. and Sally (nee Evans) Matoney; dearest brother of Sue Cicero (husband Joe), Michael Matoney (wife Melissa) (wife Barbara dec), Peggy Matoney, Eileen Matteo (husband Nick), Sally Tibjash (husband Jeff), Molly Gessler (husband Randy) and the late infant Joseph Matoney; dear uncle and great-uncle of many.

Bob was born on July 1, 1952 and died peacefully surrounded by his family on September 18, 2021, after many years struggling with Multiple Sclerosis.

He spent his entire life living in Lyndhurst and Mayfield Heights.  Bob was as an active member of St. Clare Catholic Church.  He was ordained  a Deacon on May 18, 1991 and served at St. Clare for twelve years.  He then ministered for several years at St. Dominic Catholic Church, until he was forced into retirement due to his battle with MS.

Bob graduated from Brush High School in 1971 and went on to the attend Ohio University, where he earned his Bachelors and Masters in Education. He began his career as an educator and he served as the Director of Girl’s Athletics for the Diocese of Cleveland. He then changed careers and became an iron worker, following in his Dad’s footsteps and so he could support his family. Bob was a member of the Iron Workers local 17 (IW #17).

Bob loved and was an avid runner. He was also a huge sports fan, enjoyed coaching his children, and playing fantasy football with siblings and family – a league that continues today. His love of football led him to many years serving as a High School Football Official, being on the same crew as his brother, Michael.   Bob also enjoyed the music of his era, especially listening to the Beatles, Barbara Streisand and Cher.

Bob was devoted to his family and his faith. His family, church service and football brought him the greatest joy. Bob especially enjoyed Christmas celebrations with his family and providing them treasured ornaments to remember him by.

Bob was funny, honest and kind. He loved everybody. Although Bob struggled daily since his MS diagnosis in 1997, he remained a spiritual man daily.

He will be dearly missed by many family and friends.

Per Bob’s request, please no flowers, instead consider making a donation to his memo [1]rial fund [2]. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Bob on Friday, September 24, 2021 at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 19000 Van Aken Blvd, Shaker Heights from 1 – 3 PM, concluding with Vespers at 3 PM. Relatives and friends are invited to meet for the Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at St. Dominic Church at 10 AM, Fr. Dan Schlegel, Main Celebrant. Burial following at All Souls Cemetery.  Arrangements by THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF SOUTH EUCLID.

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Condolence from Cathy Trepal on September 21st, 2021 2:43 pm

Bob was always ready with a smile and a joke. He was a such a spiritual man! I am sure that helped him endure all the suffering he went through, especially in the last couple months. Rest in peace, Bob.

Condolence from Timothy Heintzelman on September 21st, 2021 4:34 pm

Bob was both a team-mate and a classmate at Brush. (We played in the secondary together at Brush as we both went back to return punts.) Yes, he had a playful sense of humor and a basic goodness than defined him. We enjoyed reconnecting at Brush reunions. I pray that God will be with all who grieve his passing and grace us with peace to his memory.

Condolence from CHUCK WILLIAMS on September 21st, 2021 8:22 pm

Bob was simply a pleasure to around, smart, witty, funny, and a great conversationalist made it easier getting through a hard day of iron working. He will be truly missed.

Condolence from Sharon Crenshaw on September 22nd, 2021 12:44 pm

Molly,
So sorry for the loss of your brother. God Bless you and your family!

Sharon Crenshaw

Condolence from Sandee Paces on September 23rd, 2021 6:40 am

Molly, sorry for the loss of your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sincerely,
Sandee Paces

Condolence from Micki Krupitzer on September 23rd, 2021 9:57 am

Bob was always special in his love for people. He was heroic in his fight against MS. Louise was his angel all these years. God bless you all in this trying time. Sending love and hugs!

Condolence from Carol Demorest on October 11th, 2021 4:49 pm

Dear Cousins! Sue and I were very sad to hear about Bobby. You all were my favorite cousins and I will always cherish visiting you all in Ohio! We are blessed we still keep in touch and appreciate Michael sending us the information on Bobby. Please always know you have a place to visit and stay when you visit Laguna Beach, San Diego, Coronado (Sue) and now Pasadena (Tyler & Jessica) lives there!

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