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Robert B. Matheson Print E-mail
By Phillip R Smith   
February 11, 2010
Robert B. Matheson (1945-2010)

Robert B. Matheson, a former USCF member from Framingham, Massachusetts, formerly of Natick, Mass., died January 27, 2010 in Metro West Medical Center in Framingham. He was 64. 

He was born August 20, 1945 in Queens, New York, the son of John F. and Joan (Long) Sullivan. He later lived in Bridgewater, Mass. and then in Natick before moving to Framingham 16 years ago. He graduated from Framingham State College in 1980. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Matheson worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 18 years, retiring in 2004. He was previously employed as the executive director at the Nonantem Multi-Service Center in Newton, Mass. 

When he was an active tournament player in the 1980s, he was rated Class B. He was a member of the Framingham Chess Club after it was founded in 1983 and was meeting at the American Legion in Framingham. In 1987, he was named the club's Player of the Year. Besides chess, he enjoyed gardening and taking care of his dogs. He also enjoyed hiking and was a member of the Appalachian Mountain Climbing Club. 

He leaves his wife, Carmen L. (Sampson) Matheson; two stepsons, David Burns of Florida and John Burns of Framingham; a stepdaughter, Lorraine Holliday of South Carolina; three stepbrothers, Lt. Col. (retired) James Sullivan of North Carolina, Edwin Sullivan of Maine, and David Sullivan of New York; six grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces. His funeral was held February 1 in Natick, followed by burial in Glenwood Cemetery. 

Obituary submitted byGeorge Mirijanian, Massachusetts Chess Association

Robert B. Matheson - May you rest in peace.