Matthew J. Donachie Jr., 85, of Winchester, passed away on Oct. 22, 2018. He was born Oct. 23, 1932, to Matthew and Viola Hubert Donachie in Orange, N.J., and was raised in Holyoke, Mass. Matthew graduated from Holyoke High School in 1950. He was a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science in metallurgical engineering and attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned his Sc.D. During histime at MIT, he met the love of his life, Martha Gaines, and they married in 1955 while he was still in school. Matthew and Martha eventually moved to Manchester, Conn., where they raised their four children. Matthew was an accomplished metallurgist who worked for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft for more than 30 years. He was an adjunct professor at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Graduate Center in Hartford, Conn., for 55 years. Matt was passionate about providing information to people, and he found great pleasure and reward in teaching, staying in touch with many students later in life. As an accomplished metallurgist, he published several papers and books on metallurgy. He was especially proud of his book “Titanium, a Technical Guide” that has been a principle information book on titanium for years. Matthew was a longtime member of ASM International (American Society for Metals) and became a Fellow of ASM in 1989.
Matthew had a passion for the outdoors his whole life. He loved walking, hiking and camping and shared that passion with his family. He was an avid amateur photographer who documented on film much of his life and adventures with the family. Matt was active in Boy Scouts in his youth and again as an adult, serving as Scoutmaster for Troop 47 in Manchester, Conn. In the 1970s, Matthew began taking the family on summer camping trips across the U.S. and Canada, eventually visiting 49 states (unfortunately, they never built a bridge for him to drive to Hawaii) and 12 Canadian provinces and territories. He and Martha visited Alaska 22 times, building some long-lasting friendships with yearly visits to Hyder, Alaska. Matt and Martha moved full time to Winchester in 1995. In Winchester, Matt became active with The Friends of Pisgah (State Park), where for 20 years he published the FOP newsletter. Matthew was also involved with the Winchester Historical Society for many years.
Matthew was predeceased by his parents, as well as his brother, Stephen. Matthew is survived by his wife of 63 years, Martha; their four children, Maureen, Michael (Sharon), Brian (Kelley) and Andrew; his sister, Anne (Robert Speicher); three grandchildren, Kevin, Amie and Scott; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Matthew touched many lives over the years and had fond memories of so many people. The family wishes to thank all those people for their friendship to Matt and their support.
A memorial service will be held at a future date. Matthew will be interred at Evergreen Cemetery in Winchester.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to donate to the Winchester New Hampshire Historical Society, P.O. Box 64, Ashuelot, NH 03441.