From the Yorktown Funeral Home: Alexander A. Matteo Jr. died peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 22 surrounded by loving family. He was 83.
Matteo Jr. is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mia Matteo; four daughters: Edie Flood, Debbie Reher, Patty Malan (husband Rich), and Becky Oldham; six sons: Alexander A Matteo III (wife Mary), Peter Donelan (wife Susan), Murray Matteo (wife Nancy), Ed Donelan (wife Laura), Mike Matteo (wife Suzanne), and James Matteo (wife Mayra). He has 33 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Matteo Jr., born and raised in Tuckahoe, was the youngest son of Alexander and Cecilia (Salvatore) Matteo, originally from the Abruzzo region of Italy. He was always known for his ability to light up a room. In his early years, Matteo Jr. was nicknamed Sunny and used to entertain family and friends with his lovely voice.
He graduated from Tuckahoe High School in 1947 where he played football and basketball, was president of the Glee club, and voted Most Popular, Best Dancer, and Best Orator.
He went on to serve his country as a Corporal in the United States Air Force. After serving with the Air force, the man had the opportunity to join the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. He not only took pride in his business but also truly relished the friends he made during his 35 years of service.
Matteo Jr. was an entertainer at heart and met his wife Mia while traveling the country as lead singer for a big band orchestra. He had a passion for his family and friends and relished spending time with them.
A wake was held on Sunday, Nov. 25 at the Yorktown Funeral Home and a funeral service was held at St. Mary’s Episcopal church in Mohegan lake on Nov. 26 at 11 a.m.
In memory of Matteo Jr. and in lieu of flowers please consider a donation to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1836 East Main Street, Mohegan Lake, NY 10547.