SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A spring burial is planned in Windsor for Matthew J. Hiney, Jr. who died suddenly on Jan. 14, surrounded by several loved ones in San Antonio. He will be laid to rest near his son, Matthew Hiney III.
Matt was born in Attleboro, Mass., on June 15, 1939, the son of Matthew, Sr. and Hilda (Hutchinson) Hiney.
He graduated from Attleboro High School in 1957 and served in the Marine Corps. While in the Marine Corps, Matt traveled to Africa and served as a ceremonial guard in Washington, DC often accompanying important dignitaries to Camp David.
He married Joan Beverly Proulx in 1963 and had three loving children. Matthew lived in Windsor, from 1965-1969 and was employed by Hartford Insurance Co. In 1969, he and his family moved to Orchard Park, N.Y., where Matt was employed by the Merchants Mutual Life Insurance Oc., before moving to Contoocook, N.H., where he was employed by Travelers Insurance Oc. Matt also spent several years living in Germany, exploring medical treatment for his ongoing illness.
Matthew married Martha Ballantyne in 1970 and they built their life together in Texas. They lived in Houston for several years before settling in San Antonio.
Matt was a survivor. He confronted obstacles with determination to beat the odds, finding solutions to problems that presented themselves.
Matt loved politics, spending time with his family and traveling. He enjoyed meeting others, and would strike up a conversation with those he met. He was a sentimental man who never forgot his humble beginnings, giving his children all of the opportunities they sought for themselves. He loved his grandchildren very much and was present for the birth of each one. Never one to give up, he fought to maintain his health and reach his personal goals. He will be remembered and missed by many.
He is survived by his life partner, Martha Ballantyne, of San Antonio; three sisters, Julia Hiney of Port Orange, Fla., Louise Plante of Dearing, Ga., and Jane Morse of San Antonio; and a brother, Michael Hiney of Port Orange; two daughters, Denise Spencer of Bennington and Kerri-Ann Esty of Windsor; grandchildren, Benjamin Gaucher of Pinnacle, N.C., Christopher Spencer of Gilbert, Ariz., Morgan Gaucher of Hartland, Ashley Spencer of Bennington, Tyler Hiney and Brandee Devine of Idaho; niece, Susan Berube and nephew, William Morse.
Matt was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Joan Harrison; his son, Matthey J. Hiney III; and nephews, Richard Morse Jr., and Paul Berube.
This obituary first appeared in the Feb. 14, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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