Matthew C. Smith “Mack”
Matthew C. Smith, “Mack” 27 of Gray passed away on Tuesday August 27thfrom injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident August 25th. Matthew was born on June 25, 1992 in Lewiston Maine to Judy B Smith. He was later raised by Edward Kelley and his Dad Kenneth Wilson of Gray.
Matthews zest for life was surpassed only by his huge, greeting smile! He always found a reason to like someone and never passed up the opportunity to lend helping hand—no one was a stranger!
Matt had many passions: 4-wheeling and hunting (especially at the family camp in Eustis Maine), canoeing and not to be forgotten, riding his Victory Motorcycle. Matt quickly befriended and became a valued and respected member of the “V-Twin Cruisers Motorcycle Club”, rising to the rank of Vice President and becoming affectionately known as “Mack”. He loved riding with his new family, led by “Wrench”, aka Eric Rubino, President of the Club. Matt was also a member of the “Eagle Riders” of Aerie 4131 in New Gloucester.
It’s not often a young man loves his job, but Matt did! He was able to obtain his “Class A” truck driver’s license with the help of “Scott Dugas Trucking and Excavating, Inc.” of Yarmouth Maine, where he became an invaluable member of their crew.
Another of Matt’s favorite things was being a member of the “Sons of the American Legion” Squadron 86 in Gray, where he rose to the rank of 2nd Vice Commander. Matt loved helping with the many fundraisers and most of all assisting with the placement of the American flags along the streets of Gray on holidays—this reflected his great pride and love of his country!
Matt’s great generosity could be summed up in his ultimate sacrifice. He felt strongly about being an organ donor and upon his death was able to give his “Gifts”, so that others might live!
Matt was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Paula A. & Francis H. Smith
He will be missed by:
His Mother- Abby white-Owl of Gibson ton, FL.
Father-Edward Kelley of Gray
Sister and brother in law- Rebecca & Gabriel Sylvester. Brother-David Salmons
Matthew’s girlfriend- Samantha Taylor
Grandparents-Norman & Margaret Wilson of Gray
Many Aunts & Uncles- Traci, Bill, Keith, Kim, Jim, Shari, Francine, Mike, Fayeline, Tina, Dale, Denise
Too many Friends to name them all-Jason Soper, Eric Rubin, Adam O’Neil, Bill & Heidi Ward, Will Fischer, Todd Withers, Jonathan, Pete, Vinnie, Jason and many, many more
Numerous Cousins-including Ashleigh and Tawny Wilson
And with great heartbreak, his Dad, Kenneth Wilson of Gray
“Sorrow comes in Great Waves…but it rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us, it passes and we remain”-Henry James
A Celebration of Life will be held at the American Legion Hall in Gray Maine on Friday September 6th at 6pm. A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday September 7th at 11am at the Gray cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the “Sons of the American Legion”, Matthew Smith Scholarship Fund- PO Box 428, Gray, Me. 04039
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