William Corbett Mathes
William Corbett Mathes passed away peacefully on February 17, 2021 with his devoted wife at his side
after a heroic battle with cancer.
Bill was born on February 27, 1949 at St. Albans Naval Hospital, Queens New York to Robert L. Mathes
and Maureen (Archibald) Mathes. Bill grew up in Wantagh Long Island and graduated from Eastern
Military Academy (Oheka Castle) and Stevens College. Bill met the love of his life, Susan, at the Oak
Beach Inn, a nightclub on Fire Island. It was love at first sight. After marrying they settled in Amityville,
Long Island and vacationed to their log cabin in Halifax, Vermont. Each year brought a winter vacation
to a different island in the Caribbean and summer vacations included trips to N. Ireland to visit family
and, of course, to play golf. Bill loved to sail his O’Day Mariner on the Great South Bay and cross-country
ski on Bethpage Black golf course after winter storms. He was a dedicated volunteer at the Fire Island
lighthouse giving tours to the top of the lighthouse.
Bill spent his professional career in the finance industry and was an adjunct professor at State University
of NY Farmingdale teaching Automotive Finance.
After a successful career, retirement brought him to New Bern. He was a member of the Harbour Pointe
Golf Club for more than 15 years. He enjoyed playing tennis, golf, surfcasting at Fort Macon shore,
riding his bicycle and taking long walks in the neighborhood and at the seashore. He was an avid reader
of history and anything written by Nelson DeMille.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert L. Mathes and Maureen Mathes of Portstewart, N.
Ireland, his brother-in-law John Bridges of Lindenhurst, NY and his beloved, Golden Retriever, Toby and
his sweet Siamese, Socrates.
Bill is survived by his wife of more than 48 years, Susan (Bridges) of New Bern, , brother Robert Stuart
Mathes and wife Marian of Winnabow, NC, his sister-in-law Marie Bridges of Lindenhurst, NY, his aunt
Jessica Petry of Far Hills, NJ, his aunt Darlene Mathes of Jefferson City, Missouri as well as several
cousins, nieces and nephews.
Due to Covid, a remembrance will take place at a later date.
Please consider a donation to the Craven County Hospice, Craven County Health Department
Foundation, PO Drawer12610, New Bern, NC 28561 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital