Matthew Joseph Francis,
1927 — 2021
Matthew Joseph Francis, Sr., "ChaChi" as family and friends fondly called him, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at age 93. Matthew was a U.S. Army veteran, a retiree of Mobil Oil Refinery, and a faithful parishioner of Saint Anthony Cathedral Basilica for over 50 years mentoring the altar servers and was the oldest acolyte (age 84) at the Cathedral to serve the clergy. He volunteered with the Red Cross and in the Jefferson County Dispute Resolution Center for over 25 years. He was also a member of several catholic fraternal organizations. His remarkable life can best be described as a quiet trailblazer from afar, but at his heart, an educator, mentor, and...