Geoffrey Latham Mattocks formerly of Farmingdale, NY and Charlottesville, VA passed away peacefully on January 18, 2021 at the Emerald Nursing Home in Lillington, North Carolina. Mr. Mattocks lived an extraordinary life; always with a story...and it was always told with the audience clamoring for more....and sometimes there was some, if not a lot of poetic license going on.
Born in the Philippines to an English Episcopalian Priest and an American School Teacher in 1935, the family were interned as prisoners of war by the Japanese in 1942. Having survived the war, he and his parents and two sisters moved back to the United States and settled in Ayer, MA.
He attended McGill University and Boston University, graduating with a degree in education. His first teaching position was at Duxbury High School, Duxbury MA where he taught History. He later moved to Farmingdale, NY pursuing a teaching position there. He subsequently worked in the school’s administration department finishing his career as Superintendent of Schools. During his tenure as Superintendent, the Farmingdale Public School District received a number of accolades including being ranked amongst the top 10 public schools by the Wall Street Journal and the top 20 by Public Schools USA.
Upon retiring from education, Mr. Mattocks became a gentleman farmer raising Angus beef cattle in Charlottesville VA. While farming, he and his wife continued to travel the world exploring six of the seven continents (to his dismay he never got to Antarctica) while also singing in the Jeffersonland Chorus.
He is survived by his wife, Gail Mattocks, his two sisters, M. Cecily Marshall and C. Shirley Davenport; his children and stepchildren: Douglas (Linda Mattocks), Stephanie (Donald Palisay), Gregory (Cindy Mattocks), Michelle (Danny Conklin) Chris (Rachael Staab), his grandchildren; Jamie Mattocks, Allison Mattocks, Danny Palisay, Eric Palisay, Gregory Mattocks Jr., Robert Craven, Kristin Brown, Jackie Conklin, Ryan Conklin, Delaney Staab, Latham Staab and his great grandchildren Ava, Dax, Gabriel, Sawyer and Garrett.
A virtual service will be held through St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ayer MA on February 13th 2021 at 1pm to celebrate the life of Geoffrey. Please click on this link to RSVP for the service: http://evite.me/nK3NTrhA5Q
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Mr. Mattock’s memory be made to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital (www.stjude.org).
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