Alan P. Matthews, 71: Avid fisherman, helped establish fishing club
SOUTH PORTLAND — Alan Peter Matthews, 71, died peacefully Oct. 2 while surrounded by his family at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.
Born in Portland Feb. 17, 1939, he was the son of Roger and Florence (Fielding) Matthews.
In 1957 he graduated from South Portland High School.
He met his wife Magdeleine Desforges at Camp Ellis and they were married for 37 years.
For 20 years he was employed at the Shaw’s warehouse.
When he was younger he served as a volunteer fireman for the Pleasantdale Hose Company.
An avid fisherman, he was one of the founding members of the Portland Surfcasters Club.
In his spare time he loved to play Cribbage and watch the Red Sox, Patriots, and the Bruins.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Ebrahim, Dr. Kazilionis, Dr. Wrona and all the wonderful people at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.
He is survived by his wife, Magdeleine; two daughters, Sally Seidl and husband Frank, Patricia Davis and husband Arlen, all of South Portland, and a son, Mark Matthews, and his companion Frances Prentiss of Saco; three stepsons, Karl, Rock and Maxime Desforges of Canada; a sister, Jean Miller and her husband Richard of South Portland and Bradenton, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; his former wife, Christine Ward; and many nieces and nephews; and cousins.
While there are no formal services being held, family and friends are welcome to gather at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Hobbs Hospitality Center, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.
Arrangements are by Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.
Memorial donations may be made to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough ME 04074.