Anthony A.“Bucky” Mattos, 94, of State Street passed away on June 4, 2021at home. He was the husband of the late Lorraine (Medeiros) Mattos.
Born in Bristol, he was son of the late Jose and Rosaria (Figuerede) Mattos. He is survived by his children: Jane Centazzo and her husband Butch of Bristol; Cynthia Owens and her husband Richard of VA; David Mattos of Bristol; grandson Michael Hoffman and great-grandson AJ Hoffman. He was the brother of the late Albertina Mattos and Americus Mattos.
Mr. Mattos was educated in Bristol and employed as a pattern maker for Bristol Manufacturing, Converse and PF Industries. He also worked for Raytheon and Miner Industries before retiring. While working for Converse, he was proud to be the designer of the Boston Celtic's “Bill Russell” sneakers to be manufactured in Bristol. He also developed and created a boot that was patented for the US Navy to use when coming ashore in Vietnam to help prevent soldiers from sinking in to the mud. He was a Third Class Petty Officer in the Navy Armed Guard during World War II and received the American Area Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Campaign Medal, Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal and Commendation Medal along with the Good Conduct Medal.
His funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 9th, 10 AM from the George Lima Funeral Home 367 High Street with a Mass of Christian Burial, 11 AM at St. Elizabeth’s Church 577 Wood Street. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Calling hours are Tuesday 6-8 PM.
Memorial donations may be made to: Disabled American Veterans of RI, 1 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908
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Disabled American Veterans of RI
1 Capitol Hill, Providence RI 02908