Richard John Matthews

June 10, 1980 - February 18, 2009
Richard John Matthews


Richard John Matthews, 28, of Wilmington died in the line of duty with the Wilmington Police Department on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.

Rich was born in New Jersey on June 10, 1980, the son of Dennis and Margaret Schwartz Matthews.
A 2003 graduate of York College, he majored in criminal justice and then became a police officer with the New York City Police Department prior to coming to Wilmington.

In addition to his parents, other survivors include his wife, Allison O’Day of Wilmington, and his brother, Christopher Matthews and his sister, Patricia Matthews, both of Bethlehem, PA.

A public visitation will be held Sunday, February 22, 2009 at Port City Community Church, 250 Vision Drive, Wilmington from 5:00 pm to 8:00 p.m.

A funeral mass will be held Monday, February 23, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Church, 1013 Eastwood Rd., Wilmington, with Father Dan Oschwald officiating.

Wilmington Police Department Honor Guard will serve as pallbearers.
Interment will follow at a later date in Pennsylvania.

Memorials may be made to WPD Recreation Association 615 Best Street Wilmington, NC 28401.

Online Condolences and guest book can be signed at www.wilmingtonburialandcremation.com

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1553 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • February 22, 2009
    Deputy Michael Barnhill, Pender County S.O. says:
    Although I did not personally know Officer Matthews he was a fellow officer and I am deeply saddened by his passing. He was a true hero and the kind of officer we should all strive to be like. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. Rest in peace Officer Matthews and thank you for your service. May God bless you all. Sincerely, Deputy Michael Barnhill Pender County Sheriff's Office

  • February 24, 2009
    peter & regina abate says:
    Richard John Matthews family. our sympathies to you. we will pray for you all.god bless you all. peter,regina, angel jessica, christa.elenerose and gina abate My Mom is a Survivor for mom By Kaye des’Ormeaux My mom is a survivor, Or so I’ve heard it said. But I can hear her crying at night When all others are in bed. I watch her lay awake at night And go to hold her hand. She doesn’t know I’m with her To help her understand. But like the sands on the beach That never wash away… I watch over my surviving mom, Who thinks of me each day. She wears a smile for others…a smile of disguise! But through Heaven’s door I see Tears flowing from her eyes. My mom tries to cope with death To keep my memory alive. But anyone who knows her knows It is her way to survive. As I watch over my surviving mom Through Heaven’s open door… I try to tell her that angels Protect me forevermore. I know that doesn’t help her…Or ease the burden she bears. So if you get a chance, go visit her…And show her that you care. For no matter what she says…No matter what she feels, My surviving mom has a broken heart That time won’t ever heal.

  • February 20, 2009
    Tom says:
    I didn't know you Rich, but thank you for making our city a safer place to live. Your devotion to duty is most appreciated.

  • February 22, 2009
    Mr. and Mrs. John W. Privette says:
    He served with honor, with his duties as an officer of the law. Always had a smile upon his face anytime that I can remember seeing him, either at one of the Wal-Mart's or out in town somewhere. He used to come into the Handy Hugo where my wife once worked on Shipyard Blvd., and always kept a good eye on my wife, during her shift. I hope to see many more like Officer "Rich" Matthews....

  • February 21, 2009
    Dianne says:
    My heart goes out to this fine young man's family. I didn't know him personally but from every account I've heard about him, he was a wonderful person. May God help ease your emotional pain.