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Colonel Matthew G.M. Masnik, 66

  Colonel Matthew G.M. Masnik, 66 of Hopedale passed away peacefully on Thursday July 1, 2021 in his home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous struggle with prostate cancer.  Matthew was the husband of Jean A. (Cicalese) Masnik for 44 years.  Matthew was born on September 22, 1954 in Przemysl, Poland, son of the late Stefan and Stanislawa (Kowalski) Masnik.  He is predeceased by his three sisters, Natalia Lanzara, Angie and Barbara Masnik.

  He was a graduate of East Side Highs School in Newark, NJ where he ran on the track team. Later he attended Rutgers University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business, Economics, and Accounting.  In 1976 he graduated from St. Peters R.O.T.C. He then attended the U. S. Army command and General Staff College earning a Master of Science in Strategic Management in addition to Webster University, where he earned a Master of Arts in Management and Human Relations in 1981.  Matthew served his county for 38 years in the United States Army during active duty and reserves.  He retired in 2006 as a Full Bird Colonel and received numerous awards and commendations including: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon.  After his active time in the U.S. Army he worked at Intel, formerly Digital Equipment Corporation for over 35 years where he was a Senior Supervisor and Facility Operations Manager, Material Services Manager, Information Technology District Manager and USA/Latin America PC Manager. In 1992, Matthew received a U.S. Patent for the invention of the “Safety Enclosure for Gas Line Fittings”. 

Matthew was a loving and generous father, husband, and grandfather.  His most prized possessions were his children and grandchildren.  He was an avid casino goer and coin collector. He enjoyed a good New Jersey style hot dog and growing the perfect tomato in his garden. Matthew loved going on cruises and traveling in the U.S. and abroad. He was very active within his community and known as the ‘recycling man’ where he would recycle cans and bottles and donate his earnings back to local charities such as the Boy Scouts and Sacred Heart Church in Hopedale.  For many years, he was a solicitor for the Bishops Fund. Matthew assisted with the continuation of the local Memorial Day Parade-ensuring that our local veterans continued to be honored and not forgotten and with volunteering his time to the Day in the Park.

Matthew leaves behind his loving wife and high school sweetheart of 44 years, Jean (Cicalese); his three daughters, Jennifer Bergstrom and her husband Shawn of Spencer, MA; Antoinette Foster and her husband Jeffrey of Shrewsbury, MA and Theresa Masnik and her wife Dr. Sarah Masnik of Murfreesboro, TN; three grandchildren, Luke Bergstrom, Caroline Masnik, and Henry Masnik.  Several nieces and nephews and his sister-in-law Josephine Spagnuolo and her husband Salvatore of Branchville, NJ.

The family would like to thank, Brookhaven Hospice, Dr Sunkara and the staff at Dana Farber, his mentor Robert Guyon, and all of those who touched his life.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Prostate Cancer research. Prostate Cancer Foundation 1250 Fourth Street Santa Monica, CA 90401 Tax ID #95-4418411

As requested by Matthew, services will be private and are under the direction of Consigli-Ruggerio Funeral Home.

Guest Book

Matthew G. Masnik was a Captain in the Army when I first had the pleasure of serving under his command. He was a great organizer, manager of personnel, experienced delegator, and leader. We reconnected years later (he was a Colonel by then) and I could easily understand why he was promoted to Colonel. Still a fantastic leader, great sense of humor, and a true gentleman. Gone but never forgotten.

Matthew was a dear friend mentor and someone I generally looked up to and respected for the many years that I worked with him. I kept in touch with Matthew after he left work even had an opportunity to visit him while he was in better health he made time to talk to me and even try to entertain me In the declined physical state he was in. This was something I always appreciated about Matthew it's about Matthew a good sense of humor a deep and genuine care for the people in his life even if you were just a coworker is the worker you meant something to Matthew. He was always willing to share his knowledge and experience to help you grow and learn to be a better person yourself. I can say I am truly a better person better partner friend parent parent and human being for having been able to be fortunate enough to call Matthew my friend. He will be truly missed and yet I yet I know he must be in a better place all that he did to improve this world while he was here certainly earned him Is a place in heaven. My deepest condolences to his family I know how much he genuinely loved you they loved you his grandchildren especially meant the world to him. Take pride in knowing the world is a better place because of Matthews being in it.
Eric Stark

Jean, I am deeply sorry to hear about Matt passing. He had a very important role in how my life turned out. He will always have a special place in my heart.
Gerry McCook

Jean and family, I am so very sad to hear of Matt's passing far too early. I hired Matt at Digital in Hudson back in the 80's. He was a great guy, and really helped me tremendously. Rest in peace Matt, and love & prayers to you Jean and family.
Dick Jubinville

Jean and family, So sad that Matt passed away. I will always remember him as a true friend; kind, generous and caring. With passion for people and for doing good and a spark in his eyes and a big heart. I will miss him.
Uri Cohen, Israel

Geen, I am heartbroken to hear about the loss of Matt he was a major player in my life at a crucial time in my life. He has, and always will have a special place in my heart. I am so sorry for your loss. Gerry
Gerard McCook

Mrs Masnik. It is with a heavy heart, William and myself (Lesley) Butler and our children received word of Matthews passing. William worked under Matthew at the NM Intel site for many years. We as a family had the honor of meeting Matthew during his visits to NM. The first time I met Matthew was in Coasta Rica. I had the honor of going down their and helping with some community projects. Everyone was teasing him about his Mario Brothers pants. I stuck up for him because we had that in common 🙂. Matthew and William kept in touch after layoffs and we were always so blessed by him sharing pictures of you and the family especially the grandchildren. Our prayers were always with Matthew and now with You and your family. Matthew touched our lives in a very special way. We send our love and condolences. William, Lesley, Christopher, Zoe, and Samuel, Butler
William & Lesley Butler

Dear Jean and Family, we are so sorry to learn of Matthew's passing. Our sincere condolences for your loss. He has been in my thoughts over the past several months after saying goodbye to him in January of this year. He was a fighter, RIP Matthew John and Stacey
John Hasper

Dear Jeanne and girls; My heart aches so badly for you and all you have gone through. Matt was a rock of this neighborhood and I truly respected him. He meant a lot to us here on Jones Road. His wit was always on point and never had a bad day according to him. I loved chatting with him while he was collecting cans and bottles. He reminds me of my dad who died 25 years almost to the day of Matt. Bet he and Peter Mitchell took him golfing when he arrived. May you find peace and comfort in the stories people tell you. Patty Brennan and Meghan Samalis Krula
Patty Brennan and Meghan Samalis Krula

Jean and Family You know how much we loved and enjoyed Matt. He was so sincere. kind. truthful and funny. You two were one of the very best couples we have ever known. We know he must have imprinted that in your heart before he went to his heavenly reward. We shall never forget him either. There is only one Colonel Matt Masnik. God bless all of you and hopefully Matt will show signs he is still "around".
Anne & Jim Morash

jeannie,so sorry for you loss. matt was a wonderful man. i have many memories of the time we spent together. you are in my thoughts and prays.
marcia kimelman

Jeannie..I am so sorry to learn of Matthew’s passing. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Matt’s memory will live in your heart forever. 💔
Elaine Hamilton

Dear Jean and sorry for your loss which is shared by all of us. Matt was larger than life and will leave a void in the lives of so many he loved and served. I will never forget coming home from work after Peter passed away and finding my barrels neatly back in place or the snow cleared from my driveway. I knew my angel Matt was behind it all. I know Peter will greet Matt with open arms and together they are at peace.
Pat Mitchell

Jean & Family, Gary & I are so sorry & saddened to hear of Matt’s passing . There are no words to take away your pain, and void you are feeling now, but knowing he was loved by many, will hopefully bring some comfort. We love you, and we will be praying for Matt, you and your family, and that you will find some peace and comfort, In that his suffering is over. I wish we could be there to hug you❤️💔 RIP MATT
Gary & Ann Grennon

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