Richard John Matthews

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

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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

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

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  • February 21, 2009
    sheila says:
    Richard, I really didnt get to know you all that well but I am truly going to miss seeing you and talking to you at SW 2. Its so hard to say goodbye to such a good hearted man. My heart goes out to your family and friends. May god take you into his arms and keep you safe. Sheila Sparks

  • February 21, 2009
    Alicia says:
    To the Matthews family, Thank you for allowing Officer Matthews to make a positive difference in so many lives in Wilmington. He was a great officer and I will miss him greatly. Your in my thoughts and prayers. RIP 313

  • February 23, 2009
    Pat Marriott says:
    Rich's death makes me inexpressibly sad. He knew he had a dangerous career, and no doubt often put himself in harm's way for my good and the good of others. But I HATE this. My love and prayers are with all of you.