Deacon Brian Mather

Deacon Brian Mather

Monday, June 18th, 1945 - Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
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Obituary

Deacon Brian E. Mather of Plainfield, NJ died Tuesday July 9, 2019 at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick, NJ after a long illness. He was 74.
Brian was born in Patterson, NJ a son to the late Ernest and Evelyn Mather. and has lived in Plainfield, NJ.
He was a graduate from Montclair State University in 1966 with a degree in History, Spanish and Anthropology. He earned his Masters in History, Counseling Psychology, Educational Supervision and Administration. In 2007 he completed a five year theological formation program in preparation for Ordination to the Diaconate.
Brian was employed by the New Providence Board of Education from 1966 until his retirement in 2002. During those years he was a history teacher and guidance counselor at New Providence High School. In later years he served as the district Head of Staff Development, Department Head of Special Education and as Director of Guidance and Testing.
He was a long time advisor of the school's National Honor Society Chapter, Model United Nations Program and New Jersey Youth and Government.
During his years at NPHS, Mr. Mather organized numerous student trips to the British Iles, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux and the Soviet Union. Brian was a world traveler in his own right, visiting over 50 countries.
On May 5, 2007, Rev. Mather was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacon by the Most Rev. Arthur Serratelli, Bishop of Patterson, and assigned to the Church of St. Vincent de Paul in Stirling where he was director of the Right of Christian Initiation for Adults Program (RCIA), a member of the Liturgy Committee, and taught a weekly scripture course. He represented St. Vincent's on the Watchung Area Interfaith Clergy Council, and retired from active ministry in 2013 due to his health, and joined St. Joseph Parish nearest his home.
Since 2015, Brian has volunteered as an ESL teacher at the Plainfield Public Library where he also works with people preparing to take the US Citizenship Test. He is a member of the Plainfield Public Library's Literacy Service Advisor Council.
Visitation will be Friday July 12, 2019 from 9-10 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Parish 41 Manning Ave., North Plainfield, NJ. Entombment will be private. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. For information and online condolences visit valleymemorialfuneralhome.net.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 12th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    When
    Friday, July 12th, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
    Location
    St. Joseph RC Church
    Address
    41 Manning Ave
    North Plainfield, NJ 07060
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  • Service

    Friday, July 12th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, July 12th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    St. Joseph RC Church
    Address
    41 Manning Ave
    North Plainfield, NJ 07060
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Fr. Farrell
  • Interment

    Location
    Private
    Address

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Elizabeth Gregowitz

Posted at 11:25pm
One of my favorite teachers

Such a wonderful teacher! Well done good and faithful servant.

So many have shared how much they loved him as a teacher...me too.

He was a wonderful man. The World will miss his contributions. Sad day when we loose a great person. Rest In Peace Mr Mather.

What an accomplished life and an impactful human being.

He was a wonderful man! I am so sad that he is gone.

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Wow. What a loss so young. Good teacher, good man.

A fine teacher....a fine man of God.

He was a great man. God bless him. Reading his obituary I was reminded once again that our high school was second to none when it came to its teachers.

Awe- great guy - he contributed much

Farewell, Brian. You were a wise man and will be missed by all who knew you. RIP
EG

Elizabeth Gregowitz

Posted at 11:00pm
More Facebook posts from former students and colleagues:

God rest you Mr. Mather.
EG

Elizabeth Gregowitz

Posted at 10:57pm
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Wow. What an awesome pic! Great chaperones,

He always had that look on his face. Especially when we held up the bus from leaving in NYC. We saw 1776 on broadway and about 5 of us went back stage to meet the cast. 20 minutes later there he stood waiting outside the bus wearing his trenchcoat and that same look on his face.

So appreciated him. RIP

Peace, He was a good guy.

I remember his 'fro when I graduated in 74.

He was such a nice guy. RIP Sir.


RIP

My favorite teacher. He was a great guy, I learned so much in his classes. RIP

Awww...sad news. I was just talking about him last week. He was a great teacher, but I love the comment above about that look on his face. RIP Mr. Mather.

He was a guidance counselor when I was there. Graduated 95. Never had him though. RIP

Never had him. Remember him well. R.I.P. Mr. Mather.

Me too! Never had him but remember that curly hair! Rare for a man.

He had crazy good hearing. Learned that the hard way whispering some insult to a classmate only to have him respond as if I said it right to him. R.I.P.

He was one of the good ones for sure.

Such a great teacher, and what a fun combo he and Ms. Sardella were as chaperones. RIP Mr Mather
The word was that he was a direct descendant of Cotton Mather from colonial times. He even looked like the portrait of Cotton Mather.

What a great teacher. He really cared about his students.

A direct descendant of Cotton Mather

I was always fascinated by his tales on this subject. Such a good Teacher. RIP Mr. Mather

Oh my gosh, he was my guidance counselor ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Great heart he had.

Geez.....RIP

Remember Mather very very fondly....

I remember him well. Does anyone remember him wearing a cape?
That does sound vaguely familiar.
He wore it to an evening event at the HS along with white gloves!.

He sponsored our dungeons and dragons club. He was funny and was always able to translate history in a manner that made you want to know more. He was a favorite of mine. I shall miss him very much. RIP

Hate a guy who spoke 7 languages fluently, and had a side job as a UN interpreter. LOVED this man.

Great pic!
One class act. B. Mather- you were the best.

My Social Studies teacher and my French teacher.

My Guidance counselor...the one person who got me through a lot of crap my senior year.

Love how everyone has stories about Mr. Mather. I regret to say that I never had him as a teacher.

I remember Mr Mather drove a small convertible sports car !

I believe he taught my history class

I beliieve he traced his lineage to Cotton Mather.

I was just telling my husband a couple days ago about Mr Mather and how he is related to Cotton Mather.๐Ÿ˜ž RIP

Both of these beautiful people were my teachers.
DB

Dwight Boud

Posted at 02:09pm
During the 25 years that I shared with Brian in NPHS, he was a brave and wise colleague. He had a great sense of humor, but more than that he possessed a powerful intellect. Though I haven't seen him in 28 years, I have thought of him often. I'm thankful for his wise advice upon many an occasion. I was unaware of his strong connection with the church. They will surely miss him as will anyone who ever knew him. RIP
Dwight Boud
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kathompson1109@gmail.com

Posted at 11:57am
RIP Brian...your wonderful sense of humor is what I remember the most. We had some amazing laughs in guidance with Pat and Marty. You will always be remembered by NPHS students and staff as an amazing teacher, mentor, counselor, and friend!
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