The Farsider

March 14, 2019

 

RIP Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster <leroypyle@sjpba.net>

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BILL'S HISTORY

 

I  moved around a lot as a military brat. I was born in Oceanside and lived with my mom, two sisters, an aunt and her daughter in a 50-foot trailer in San Clemente while my dad was fighting the Japanese in the South Pacific. When he returned my mom, two sisters and I moved to San Bruno and lived in a Quonset hut near the race track while my dad was assigned to a Marine Corps office in San Francisco. Two years later we moved back to Southern Calfornia and into a rented house in Oceanside overlooking the Pacific. When Dad then left to fight in Korea my mom, sisters and I stayed in the Oceanside residence. When he returned from Korea he was assigned to a Marine Corps facility in Richmond, Virginia. Three years later, in 1953, he was transferred to Pearl Harbor, where we remained until 1957 when he retired and we returned to the Mainland (San Jose). Both of my sisters married while we were in Hawaii.

 

  I was in the Air Force from 1964 through 1968 and was stationed in Tucson . For the first two years I was a data processing machine operator who produced reports using IBM punch cards. A year-and-a-half later when I got promoted they made me a supervisor who was in charge of six airmen who did what I used to do. The Air Force was making the conversion to computers at that time and they sent me to programming school where I learned to program our base computer that was the size of a compact car. It was also about 1/100th as powerful as your desktop computer. We have definitely come a long way in the past 53 years.

 

 

I was a Sheriff's Deputy for two years before I transferred to the San Jose PD and became a police officer. Rodger was my roommate at the South Bay Club when I met Ginny. The rest is history.

 

Hard to believe so many years have passed.

 

 

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Well, buddy …… you called THAT one!!!!

 

I'm blown away and short of breath reading about Bill Mattos …. who JUST answered you with an incredibly haunting - and foreboding - reply ….

 

Sad to say, there will be more, many more. Look at our peers, the people with whom we worked and befriended throughout our lengthy careers. The majority of us are now in our 70s, and some like Gramps had reached the 80s. There are also several retirees who are dealing with critical health issues whose futures are uncertain. I have been telling friends since the first of the year that we are going to set a record in 2019 for the number of retirees who will turn in their timesheet for the final time. We can’t stop the train; can’t even slow it down. That’s the nature of the beast. Because the future is so uncertain, it’s vital that we live for the day. (That advice cost me a quarter!)

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May Bill rest in the fullest and most deserved of peace.  Re-read his reply.  He's likely telling us the same thing right now.  

 

Super best regards,

 

Kenn Christie  #1440

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WOW, that is just unbelievable.   

 

Sad Sad Sad.

 

Craig

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We lost a treasure.

 

Craig

 

Sent from the Shuey Mobile Command Post

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Leroy,

 

So sorry to hear this news.  Bill will be missed.  I used to tease him that he was my "cousin"

 

RIP, Bill

 

paula mattos

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Leroy:

 

So very sorry to hear of Bill's passing.  So very sorry.

 

A good man, a great companion of your's, and a dedicated San Jose Officer.

 

So very sorry.

 

Russ L. Russell

 

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On Mar 10, 2019, at 4:45 PM, Craig C Clifton <ccclifton@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

WOW, that is just unbelievable.   

 

Sad Sad Sad.

 

Craig

 

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What a legacy he has left

 

Mike

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Leroy,

 

So many so soon. 

 

Take care,

 

Roger

 

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So sorry to hear about Bill.  What a shock.  He was a good guy.

John

 

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Hey Leroy,

I am so sorry to hear about Bill. I know you two were close and my heart goes out to you. We’ve lost so many in the last several weeks. Kind of stunning. Bill was a cops cop and all around fantastic human being. I hope you are well my friend, even in the midst of all this grief.

 

Was Bill’s passing expected?

 

Rich

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I just e mailed him this morning,to confess, boy you are right he will be missed

 

Mike

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Shocked, surprised, and many other emotions.  I never expected Bill's passing.  I didn't even know Bill was sick.  Of all our old friends Bill was my most special and respected cop from the past.  

 

If you will send me all the information as to Bill's services.  If at all possible I will make a special trip to attend his funeral.  I will need as much notice as possible.  

 

I will expect a large turn out so advanced scheduling will help.  

 

I love Bill as I love my family.  A void in our Police Family that can not be filled.  

 

I'm presently living in Escondido ca but also living in Scottsdale Az.  We most likely will fly to Freemont.  If necessary we will drive.  Might need a hotel in or near Freemont.  

 

Before or after the funeral and if time allows, Mary and I would love to take you and yours to a fine restaurant for lunch or dinner.   

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The passing of a great voice for all  of us,,He was most informative..I was happy to call him a friend. and  allow motorcycle rider!!!!KOS

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? This seems like such a surprise passing. I feel so bad for his relatives and our sjpd family. He was a legend and I know he was your good partner in The Farsider. I can't even imagine Bill Matos not being around anymore. Can you feel some of us in that aren't aware of any problems with Bill? Thank you so much and I am so sorry for your personal loss.

 

Ron

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LEROY,,,,  stay out of the wind, snow and rain;;;;  and away from your 

 

grandkids and germs......   MAC

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I’m Sorry Leroy, bill was a great friend to all of us.

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I'm hoping this is not for real,  But then it appears to be an 'official' Farsider notification.  So Bill is gone.  Talk about making a hole in my well being.  Thank you Bill for everything you have done over all these years.  The Farsider was my (only) link to SJPD and all the great officers I worked with.  

 

B.Fair  Sgt #1169  1965-1978

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Such a talented man.  He brought joy into the lives of many of us.  I don’t think like any great men,he fully realized how much he impacted so many lives.   May he Rest In Peace with his beloved wife.

 

Phil

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Leroy,

 

I am SO sorry......my deepest condolences to you. What a tremendous man Bill was.

 

Scott

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1975-76 I was at Northwestern University courtesy of SJPD and then Chief Murphy.  I arranged for Mattos to come lecture my class of 75 people from around the USA and other countries about the value of a production like the “Insider”. He was great and helped many Police organizations  start an “Insider”.   When I came home for a visit on Thanksgiving and met the new Chief McNamara he asked me about Mattos.  He said he had been given advice to return Mattos to the field.  He told me he thought Mattos was doing a great job for the PD and what did I think.  I advised him to keep Mattos on the Insider.  I’m sure he had already made up his mind to keep Mattos where he was but it was the right decision for SJPD.

 

I love the man Mattos and am so sadden about his passing.  You and he have done so much for us.  Let me know if I can do anything  for you.

 

 Gary  Leonard

 

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those  who are willing to work and give to those who would not."   
--
Thomas Jefferson

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Damn!  Well ….. that kind of fits … but I, and I bet probably 99.7% had no idea!  What a trooper!  Makes his response to Dave Byers even that much more meaningful and …. personally relevant !!!

 

Damn!!!!

 

Thanks for "inside" comment.  You guys are BOTH phenomenal …  no better !!!!

 

….. and, "Yes."  He WILL be missed …. /

 

Kenn Christie

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Say it ain't so. Bill and You are the mainstream of all SJPD Retirement People.

The two of you did more than we ever knew or even thought about..

wheat

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Leroy,

I am at a loss for words. Bill and I had a very special friendship these last 20 years. He was a friend and I will miss him. I know you will keep everyone informed. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

 

Sincerely,

-bob

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I am without words. Our world is a lesser place.

Ken

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Dear Leroy,

 

Devastating news!  Bill is leaving a big hole in our hearts. 

 

Please take care of yourself.

Elba

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Wow. Well that explains it. So sad. Like you, part of the heart and soul of the old SJPD family. Losing lots of good people these days. Take care and thanks. Ron

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Oh Leroy,

 

What a shock to learn that our beloved Bill passed away yesterday. I considered him my friend for many years. I wished I still lived in San Jose so I could help honor his memory. He was one of my heroes. You and Bill kept us well informed as retirees of the San Jose PD through the Insider. I always felt so connected. I look forward to continuing that connection with your leadership. I am so sorry, Leroy, so sorry!!

 

Your friend,

Marie

 

God Bless Our Troops

 

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."

~Leo Buscaglia

Four things you can't recover:

The stone............after the throw

The word............after it's said

The occasion........after it's missed

The time.............after it's gone

 

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Hi Leroy, Bill Clark (the one that left) up in Montana. I am so sorry to hear about Bill, I know you guys were close. I did not know he was ill. He will be sorely missed by thousands of folks that he touched along with you in your efforts to keep the friendship and love of one another alive for all former SJPD folks. You two are irreplaceable. God bless you and we are praying for you and Bill's family.

 

Bill

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Leroy ,         why does it have be the good ones we lose , Bill always was nice to me a truly good person........ all the best Bob  

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Hi Leroy

 

Please accept my condolences over the loss of your good friend, Bill Mattos.  I got to know Bill better over the years since I retired, then when we were all working together at 201 West Mission.  This certainly leaves a void in your life as well as ours.  Our collective memories of Bill will remain with us all for ever.

 

David Byers

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Leroy:

Stunned and in shock.  Truly a feeling of loss.  An incredibly important, and probably the most important individual to our community of retired LEO's and friends. Bill was the best!; wonderfully neutral while voluntarily filling a most important role for us all.

 

Ken Yules

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I just say him at the Burger Pit with friends not too long ago.  Thanks for letting us know, I hope you are doing well.

Jim

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I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I know he has been in poor health the last few years yet he was always on top of things whether it be phone calls or emails and never complained. You two have been the glue that has kept all of us retirees together and informed. It is a sad day for all of us to have to say goodbye to such a wonderful person. I know you and Bill  were the closest of friends and our hearts and our prayers go out to you and Bill and his family and the entire San Jose Police extended family.

R.I.P. Bill, you have joined so many who have passed before you and the rest of us are not far behind.

Dennis McKenzie

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We lost someone special.  He kept working after a back injury, composed the INSIDER for years, a major source of information for the troops.  He then came up with the FARSIDER whickh we all have enjoyed for yers. - Larry Otter

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TALKED WITH BILL A FEW DAYS AGO.  HE HAD JUST HAD A LITER OF FLUID DRAINED FROM HIS LUNG...BUT WAS IN GOOD SPIRITS.  HE WAS ASKING ABOUT THE SEVEN RETIRED OFFICERS WHO HAD JUST PASSED AWAY SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR.'''ALWAYS GATHERING INFORMATION ABOUT HIS FELLOW OFFICERS', TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THEM.   WHAT MANY DIDN'T KNOW WAS THAT EVERY THURSDAY BILL MADE A CONDOLENCE CALL TO HIS WIFE GINNY'S GRAVE IN MILPITAS WITH A BOUQUET OF FLOWERS IN HIS LOVE AND MEMORY OF THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE.  TRULY A SOURCE OF THE MEMORY OF THE PAST AND PRESENT OF THE SJPD.  TO SAY HE WILL BE MISSED IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT.  HIS BEST BUDS' WERE LEROY PYLE AND ROGER CRIPE, BUT HE WAS  HELD IN THE HIGHEST ESTEEM BY THE ENTIRE POLICE FAMILY THAT HE HELD TOGETHER BY HIS WEEKLY EDITION  OF THE FARSIDER, WITH OVER 1000- SUBSCRIBER MEMBERS.  TO SAY  BILL WILL BE  MISSED IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT.   THE END OF AN ERA AT SJPD.......NOT ONLY OF THE MAN BUT THE GREATEST OF GUYS  AND A GREAT FRIEND.   RIP IN ETERNITY WITH GINNY AND PUT IN A GOOD WORD FOR THE REST OF US....IN YOUR NEXT ADDITION OF THE FARSIDER  IN THE BEYOND.   LOVE YA BUDDY    

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Family

'Family' is a single word, with many different meanings. People have many ways of defining a family and what being a part of a family means to them. Families differ in terms of economic, cultural, social, and many other facets, but what every family has in common is that the people who call it a family are making clear that those people are important in some way to the person calling them his family.

 

ca·ma·ra·de·rie

käməˈrädərē, ˌkaməˈrädərē]

NOUN

1.     mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together.

"a genuine camaraderie on the hockey team"

 

 

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