Mathews, John, J., of Newton, retired City of Newton Firefighter, April 15, 2018. Beloved husband of Maureen (O'Hare) Mathews. Devoted father of Maureen Mathews of Braintree and Patricia Stack of Holbrook. Loving grandfather of Colleen, Michael & the late John Matthew Stack. Dear brother of Mary Goddard and her husband Ken, Kay Malouf and her late husband Fred, Ann Sullivan and her husband Richard. Brother in law of James and Thomas O'Hare, Patricia Sheehan and her husband John, Rita Hardy and her husband John. Dear friend of Pauline and Jim O'Malley. Godson of Mary Doherty. Funeral from the Burke & Blackington Funeral Home, 1479 Washington St., (Rte. 16), West Newton, Wednesday, April 18 at 9:30 AM, followed by a Funeral Mass in Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 573 Washington St., Newton, MA 02460 at 10:30. Visiting hours Tuesday evening from 4:00 - 8:00 PM. Interment in Holyhood Cemetery, Chestnut Hill. In Lieu of Flowers remembrances may be made in John's memory to Our Lady's Church or Boston Children's Hospital, Cardiac Care, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115.