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Newspaper broker William Matthew, 76

Published Sep. 4, 2005

(ran PW, PS editions of Pasco Times)

William L. "Bill" Matthew, a newspaper broker who handled numerous mergers and sales for some of the nation's biggest publishing chains, has died at 76.

Mr. Matthew, who also owned Sunpress Publications, which publishes the weekly Pasco News and a shopper, died Monday (Dec. 16, 2002) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. The cause was cardio-respiratory complications, his family said.

In the 1960s and 1970s, when mergers consolidated newspaper interests throughout the country, he made his mark.

He negotiated the sale of 50 newspaper companies then owned by John H. Perry of Palm Beach, his family said. He also helped negotiate daily and weekly newspaper company sales to Knight-Ridder, the New York Times Co., Gannett newspapers, Cox Enterprises, Harte-Hanks and Thompson newspapers, Toronto.

One of nine children, William Lynn Matthew was born in Moscow, Kan., to a Methodist preacher, the Rev. Oscar Matthew, and Clara Price Matthew. He sold newspapers as a boy and began his career in the industry after Army service in World War II.

Mr. Matthew moved to Dunedin in 1964, establishing his home and newspaper brokerage business in what is known as the Kellogg Mansion, formerly owned by cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg of Battle Creek, Mich.

Survivors include his wife, Velma C.; four sons, William B., Bakersfield, Calif., Jeffrey L., Orlando, Sidney L., Tallahassee, and Timothy O., Tampa; four brothers and sisters, Lowell Matthew, Marion Steadman, Evelyn Overin and Loreen Farkus; and 10 grandchildren.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel, 1320 Main St. A service will be at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens.

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