Dr. Salvatore "Sal" Michael Matarazzo

  • Born: April 21, 1923
  • Died: August 5, 2021
  • Location: Murray, Kentucky

J. H. Churchill Funeral Home

201 S. 3rd Street
Murray, KY 42071

Tel. (270) 753-2411

Tribute & Message From The Family

****The date of death listed above is incorrect, the actual date of death was June 14, 2021. This is for archive purposes only.****

Dr. Salvatore "Sal" Michael Matarazzo, age 98, of Murray, Kentucky, died on, Monday, June 14, 2021, at the Murray-Calloway County Hospital in Murray, Kentucky.
Dr. Matarazzo was born on April 21, 1923, in Smithfield, Rhode Island to the late Salvatore Matarazzo and Carmela (Lolicata) Matarazzo. He retired as a Professor in the College of Education, Administration and Supervision at Murray State University. While at Murray State University he served a term as the Faculty Representative on the Board of Regents. Dr. Matarazzo was a World War II Army Veteran and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Murray, Kentucky.
In addition to his parents, Dr. Matarazzo was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Duff (Hamilton) Matarazzo; one sister, Josephine Conte; as well as two brothers, Sandy and Paul Matarazzo, all of Rhode Island.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Duff Bryant and husband William of Louisville, Kentucky and Sally Clay Hopkins and husband Warren of Murray, Kentucky; four grandchildren, Matthew William Bryant and wife Sienna of Nebraska, Amelia Ruth Bryant Shakocius and husband Steven of Maryland, Robert Keith Hopkins and wife Brandy of Massachusetts, and Daniel James Hopkins and wife Abby of Tennessee; two great-grandchildren, Fiona Frances Bryant and Porter Matthew Bryant; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at 12:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 21, 2021, at the First Presbyterian Church of Murray, Kentucky with Robert Valentine officiating. Dr. Todd Hill will serve as vocalist and pianist. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 21, 2021, at the First Presbyterian Church of Murray, Kentucky.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Salvatore and Frances Matarazzo Scholarship Fund, Murray State University, Office of Development, 200 Heritage Hall, Murray, Kentucky 42071 or the First Presbyterian Church, 1601 Main Street, Murray, Kentucky 42071.
Online condolences may be made at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dr. Matt gave me the one true experience I had in high school of what being a college student was going to be like. His Latin class was challenging in a way that prepared me for what was to come. I am so grateful that he took the time and made the commitment to teach Latin at CCHS. His class helped prepare me for life.

Posted by Jennifer Jarrett - Luna Pier, MI - Student   August 21, 2021

Sal was such a special person whose life will continue to impact the lives of others for years to come. Patsy and I very much enjoyed his sense of humor and intellect the few years we had the privilege of knowing him after we retired to Murray. His was a life well-lived.

Posted by Martin & Patsy Tracy - Lake Mary, FL - Friend   June 29, 2021

Sal will be missed by many. We have fond memories of seeing him and Fran at church. Our prayers are lifted for family and friends during this difficult time.

Posted by Robin Holmes - Murray, KY - Friend   June 18, 2021

Salve, Magister! Dr. Mat was one of my favorite teachers. So glad that he was able to bring Latin alive to us in high school; I know I am a better person for having been his student. Every class was a good mix of life lessons, encouragement, and grammar. A man of intellect, kindness and benevolent gravitas. Requiescat in pace, Magnus magister .

Posted by Matt Yuill - HENDERSONVILLE, TN - Student   June 17, 2021

So sorry for the loss of this great man! Dr. Mat was my favorite professor in School Administration and I considered him a dear friend. I am so thankful that as a family you shared him with us. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories and stories that you have and the many friends that Dr. Mat as well as this dear family have. Murray lost a wonderful ambassador and man! The family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Nancy Lovett - Murray, KY - Friend   June 16, 2021

So sorry for the loss of this loved one by the family. We are praying for the family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Steve & Mary Hamilton - Paducah, KY - Coworker   June 16, 2021

Mary, we are so sorry to hear about your father's passing. We know this is a very sad and difficult time for you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Rick & Dianna Schnell - Louisville, KY - Coworker   June 16, 2021

Mary, so sad to hear of another loss of the greatest generation. May you find strength in the Holy Spirit

Posted by Lou Huie - Puryear, TN - Family   June 16, 2021

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