Obituary: Matthew J. “Doc” D’Errico, 59

by beth on July 1, 2021

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Matthew J. “Doc” D’Errico, 59, of Southborough, passed peacefully at Care Dimensions Hospice House on Monday June 14, 2021, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on March 28, 2021. He was the beloved husband and partner of 38 years to Gabrielle J. (Caccavo) D’Errico, and a loving father to Nicholas J. D’Errico and his wife, Collette M. (Bora).

Born in Queens, New York, he was the loving son of Larraine (Mazor) and John E. D’Errico. He spent his early years as a resident of Levittown, NY, where he participated in softball, Sea Scouts, Navy JROTC, and ultimately the Navy Reserves. In college, he studied Electrical Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of New York where he met his future wife in 1982 and earned his nickname “Doc” for being able to fix anything electronic. He later continued his studies with several executive certificates from Northeastern and Clark University

Doc had a widely respected and brilliant mind, holding over 20 patents as an engineer at EMC in Hopkinton, where he worked for nearly 25 years. In his spare time, he was also a motorcycle instructor and advocate, firearms instructor, private pilot, and gifted musician. Most recently, he was Vice President of Product Marketing/Data Storage at Infinidat in Waltham.

Doc lived a life of service and was dedicated to helping so many causes, including the American Cancer Society, Museum of Science, Boston Children’s Hospital where he put on a Santa suit and delivered toys, and Pilots for Paws where he flew animals all over the country to new, caring forever homes. His passion for drums and trumpet also led him to bring music education to Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake. 

In addition to his wife, son, and daughter-in-law, he is survived by his sister, Stacie (D’Errico) Moisa and her husband, Brent; a nephew, Michael Moisa and his wife, Katie; a niece, Kim Moisa; his beloved aunts, uncles, cousins; and so many good friends.

Arrangements are being made for a Celebration of Life later in the summer, and will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution to one of the many causes listed above would be appreciated.

Arrangements are under the care of the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Southborough. To leave words of condolence to the family please visit www.morrisSouthboroughfuneral.com.

(Obituary and photo via Morris Funeral Home)

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1 Lisa Braccio July 1, 2021 at 10:07 AM

Deepest condolences to the Family, clearly a life well lived with incredible purpose and selflessness. May you take comfort in the lives both human and furbaby that were touched by Doc and may we all be inspired by his dedication..

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2 Mary-Ellen Odone July 1, 2021 at 12:00 PM

So well said Lisa. What an amazing life. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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3 Anette Hermann August 28, 2021 at 9:24 AM

I’ve been trying to find the words over the last few months to show how deep my condolences are for the family of Doc D’errico. Doc was a truly special person. I met Doc through a friend at Minuteman Airfield-6B6. He was always so incredibly friendly. Before I knew him, he let my son have his birthday party at his hangar at 6B6, allowing my son to check out his Bonanza, pulling him around the hangar while my son was sitting in the pilot seat. Literally dropped everything just to make my son’s birthday the best ever. The greatest gift of all was meeting Doc and Gabrielle. I literally couldn’t thank them enough. Heaven has gained an angel for sure and he will forever be missed by everyone whose lives he touched. Thinking of his family and friends during this difficult time. Forever in our hearts.

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