Stanley Matthews

Stanley Matthews, 92, of Harrington Park, passed away at home surrounded by the love of his family on Sunday, March 19, 2023. Beloved husband of Niki (nee Papadimitriou). Cherished father of Sam and his wife Anastasia, Katherine DeGruccio and husband Charles and Allison Orecchio and husband Thomas. Proud grandfather of Matthew, Anthony, Niko, Athena, Stella, Niki, Steele, Alex and Phoebe. Loving brother of Petros andwife Maria, Stavros and wife Joanne, Potula Georgoutsos, Evangelia Traintafilakos and the late Efstratios, Elias and Spyros. Dear brother-in-law of Vasiliki, Angeliki, Kiki and the late Panos and Kyriakos. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and other loving relatives and friends.

Stanley was a Greek immigrant from Sparta, Greece who epitomized the American Dream. He was a restaurateur whoowned and operated Matthews Diner and restaurants in Bergen County. He was a member of the Pan Gregorian Restaurant Cooperative and a parishioner of St. John the Theologian G.O. Church in Tenafly. He founded the Greek Children’s Fund in 1983 and was a proud recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and recognized for his many philanthropic and civic works. Above all, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Visiting hours are Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from 4-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 10 AM at St. John the Theologian G.O Church, Tenafly with interment to follow at Brookside Cemetery, Englewood.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Greek Children’s Fund, PO Box 541500, Flushing, NY 11354 or St. John the Theologian, 353 E. Clinton Ave, Tenafly, NJ 07670 would be greatly appreciated.


  1. Andrew & Sophia Arbes

    A man who loved his God, his family and everyone. He lived his life with grace and kindness setting an example of God’s love. Dear Stanley from the time you first arrived in America we were “family.” My heart is breaking that we cannot be there to say our last goodbye but Rest In Peace under the wings of angels. You will be beloved always. ✝️

  2. Dear Stanley and family
    You will be missed but we are so sure you are with the angels in heaven now and in peace. I am sending this message to let you know that Prox and Rose Matthews could not take the trip in person due to the length of travel .
    Also Greg and I as well as Gregory and Jason were also not able to attend. But to your family… we believe you are at peace with your maker and pain free.
    You were a very generous and loving Father, husband, cousin and spirit. You will be missed but we know you will guide your family in spirit from heaven. You will never be forgotten.
    With fond memories of you always,
    Gregory, Lisa, Gregory(son), Jason Matthews
    and Prox and Rose Matthews

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