Matthew James DePasquale, 57 passed away on November 30, 2022, at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA with his wife, Amy DePasquale at his side. Matthew and Amy (Shoemaker) were married for almost 23 years.
Matthew “Matty” was born to Michael Paul DePasquale and Lorraine (Macchione) DePasquale on November 20, 1965, in Newton, MA. Matthew attended Newbury College where he earned a degree in Culinary Arts.
Matthew was a long-time member of St. Peter’s Parish in Northbridge, MA. He was a passionate sports fan who loved all the hometown teams. He kept connected with family and friends in various fantasy football and hockey leagues. He coached his son’s T-ball and Little League baseball teams throughout the years. He had a lifelong passion for fishing which began with fishing with his father as a young boy, and a pastime he continued with his son, Jesse. He was a huge Beatles fan, and he enjoyed relaxing with his guitar and learning new songs. Over the past five years, he developed an interest in running which he shared with his daughter, Jemma, and they would participate in a variety of 5K’s together. He was an expert tinkerer both inside and outside his home. Fixing and improving was a skill he learned from his father, and he put his knowledge to good use improving his home for his family. He also loved the outdoors, and had a love for birdwatching, something he may have inherited from his mother’s love of birds. He loved his pets, both his flock of chickens and his three cats. Friends and family can attest to his great sense of humor and his, at times, infectious, and sometimes even over-the-top laugh.
Matthew’s career in the food service industry led him to a position as food service manager for the Compass Group at Fitchburg State University. In his years of service, he developed many close-knit relationships with his colleagues and the students at the university. While he worked in the food service industry, he still managed to make time to make his friends and family delicious meals and share his love of Italian cuisine.
Matthew was a dedicated husband, father, son, brother, son-in-law, brother-in-law and uncle. He loved his family fiercely and always put the needs of others before his own. He was predeceased by his father, Michael Paul DePasquale. He is survived by his wife, Amy (49); his two children, Jemma (18) and Jesse (14); his mother Lorraine (Macchione) DePasquale of Plymouth, MA; his brother Michael and wife Kathleen DePasquale of North Haven, CT; his brother, Mark and wife, Christine DePasquale, Plymouth, MA; his sister, Laura and husband Glenn Cunniff of Mansfield, MA; and his sister, Lizabeth and husband Scott Roberts, of Auburn, MA; his father and mother-in-law, Herman and Patricia Shoemaker, his wife Amy’s five siblings and their spouses, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Wednesday, December 7, from 5 to 7 P.M. at Carr Funeral Home, 24 Hill Street, Whitinsville, MA. Mass will be held at St. Peter’s Parish on Thursday, December 8 at 10:00 A.M.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to: The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research at lustgarten.org.
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