The family of Retired Police Sergeant Raymond T. Matthew Sr., announces his passing on Jan. 5 at his residence in Orlando, Fla. At the time of his death, he was surrounded by his wife of 43 years, Juanita, and his loving family.
Raymond T. Matthew Sr. was affectionately known as “Paco,” “Ray” and “Officer Friendly.” Following graduation from high school, he served a tour of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Army, and then commenced his 21 years of service with the V.I. Police Department.
Upon retirement in 1989, he continued to work with private businesses and service organizations. Known as the original “Cake Boss” on St. Croix, his passion for baking and cake decorating was a love he shared with many, especially the students at the St. Croix Technical and Vocational Educational Center. He led a wonderful life and contributed to the social and spiritual life of many youth in the community.
Raymond’s memories will forever be etched in our hearts and his contributions to so many will always be remembered. We praise God for sharing him with us. May he rest in eternal peace.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents: Travis E. Matthew and Lucille Christian Fuller; stepmother, Emelda Matthew; sister, Eunice Chabral; and daughter-in-law, Valerie L. Matthew.
He is fondly remembered and survived by his devoted wife, Juanita Santos Matthew; children: Natalie and Raymond T. Matthew Jr., Lester Emanuel Jr. and Dion Fredericks; sisters: Bernice Williams, Kenyalita Duplessis, Arelita Palmer, Marla and Mavis Matthew; and brothers: Marvin Matthew and Anthony Fuller.
He is also survived by his uncle, Samuel Christian (Lucy); aunts: Rebecca Salazar and Ida Mae Christian; brothers-in-law: Enrique Santos, Roberto Santos (Angela), Miguel Santos (Julia) and Benito Santos (Elba); sisters-in-law: Norma Gonzalez (Enrique) and Anita Gonzalez; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins by the dozens; and many dear friends too numerous to mention.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Estate Mount Pleasant, Frederiksted, at 9 a.m., Feb. 8. Internment at the Kingshill Cemetery, Veterans Section.
The family respectfully requests that attendees wear a face mask and adhere to the COVID-19 social distancing requirements.