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Obituary: Matthew W. Scott, Teacher

Matthew W. Scott, age 80, passed away on July 13, 2011. He fought a challenging battle against an aggressive cancer known as multiple myeloma. He passed away at home while receiving hospice care.

Born in Manhattan on Oct. 20, 1930 and raised in Queens, Matt was a hardworking, spirited man throughout his life. He first worked as a pressman for the New York Journal American, where he met his wife of 60 years, Dolores Reilly. When that newspaper closed in 1966, Matt became a pressman for The New York Times. Matt served for 12 years as a member in the New York National Guard during this time in his life as well.

As an adult in his early thirties, Matt attended college as a participant in the ACE (Adult Continuing Education) Program offered at Queens College where he obtained his bachelor’s degree. While he worked full time in the pressroom supporting his wife and four children, Matt continued his education and received two Master’s degrees: one in special education and another in speech pathology. In 1971, at age 39, he began to teach in Port Washington. During his career he strongly advocated for students with disabilities. He reintroduced speech and language services at the secondary level. He also started the learning disabilities program for Sousa Junior High, began a self-contained special education program at Guggenheim, and established a self-contained program for students with disabilities at Schreiber.

Matt was a proud, active member of the Port Washington community for over 52 years. He was always community-minded as a Port Washington resident. Some of the ways in which he shared his time and energy were as a volunteer baseball coach for Our Lady of Fatima Parish, being a member of the Holy Name Society of Our Lady of Fatima Church, becoming a Boy Scout Cubmaster, participating as a member of the Nassau Democratic Committee and by collaborating on the Manorhaven Zoning Board.

Even after Matt retired, he continued to reach out to the community. He held the office of president for the Retired Port Washington Teachers Association and acted as the president of the Port Washington Teachers Federal Credit Union. He maintained an active role in Our Lady of Fatima Church as a Eucharistic minister, usher, catechism teacher, faith partner and parish outreach Meals on Wheels volunteer. He also supported the learning needs of children as an academic tutor.

Along with his beloved wife Dolores, of Port Washington, he is survived by his four children: Patricia Lee (Kenneth), Matthew (Maria), Eileen (the late Thomas) and Raymond (Alicia). He is also survived by seven beloved grandchildren: Marie, Michael, Matthew, Reilly, Kaitlyn, Matthew and Brian. He is also survived by his sisters, Barbara Farrand and Carole Reisman and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was offered on July 16 at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Port Washington followed by Matthew’s burial at Nassau Knowles Cemetery, Port Washington. Donations may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Cancer Center, P.O. Box 27106, New York, New York, 10087.