Of Everett, MA passed away unexpectedly at the age of 68 on May 4, 2022.
Adoring husband to Denise (Paratore) Matarazzo. Loving father to their three children Matthew, of Lynn, MA, Gina, of Everett, MA and the late Michael J. Devoted grandfather to Andrew, Valerie, and Renee. Doting great-grandfather to Nicholas. Dutiful son of the late Ray C. Matarazzo and Betty Z. (Thompson) Matarazzo. Cherished brother of Richard Matarazzo and his wife, Carol, of Billerica, MA and Angela Kelley, of Boston, MA.
Marty, as he was known to his friends, was a devout Christian. The three things that mattered most to him were family, faith and community. Family was the core of his existence with Denise at the center of his universe. Michael constantly expressed how blessed he was to share his life and family with her.
Michael was a man of many talents and he generously used them to help others. He dedicated much of his public life to his beloved City of Everett serving first as a city councilor for 22 years, then as Assistant City Clerk and, ultimately, as the City Clerk. Even after retirement, Michael continued to serve his community as a member of the Retirement Board, and frequently taught the finer points of proper parliamentary procedure to Everett’s elected officials. Many considered him Everett’s “Unofficial Historian” and he was an ardent collector of Everett memorabilia, much of which he donated to the City. Michael’s passion for Everett history, especially Everett High School football history, is demonstrated throughout his published books and he was frequently pursued as a speaker on various historic topics. Although his extensive knowledge of Everett history captivated people of all ages, he understood the importance of introducing that rich history to children.
Michael had a quick wit and a keen sense of humor. He often served as a toastmaster or emcee. Michael especially enjoyed moderating Everett’s Friendly Sons of St. Patrick galas where attendees sat on the edge of their seats waiting for his next punchline. He served as President of the Jaycees and was an accomplished vocalist for numerous bands. Michael’s influence extended well beyond Everett’s borders having served as a trusted advisor in both the Governor Weld and the Governor Cellucci administrations.
Michael was a friend to all and a mentor to many. His passing is a loss not only to family and friends, but to the entire Everett community.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to help establish a scholarship fund in Michael’s name. Donations can be sent to Everett High School, Attn. Linda Maloney, 100 Elm Street, Everett, MA 02149. Checks should be made payable to the “EHS Scholarship Fund” with a notation on the memo line “Michael Matarazzo Scholarship.”