Matthew Robert Curry, 83, passed away Friday, June 9, 2017, surrounded by family and friends. He was born June 12, 1933, at home in New Bedford, Mass., and moved to Belfast in 1971 to continue his family business, Art’s Canvas & Upholstery. Matt was one of the founding members of Waldo County Credit Union, now Downeast Credit Union

Matt will forever be known as an avid outdoorsman who spent quality time with family and friends in the Maine woods hunting and fishing. He shared his passion for hunting with all by writing of his adventures in various magazines as well as publishing three books. He had many other hobbies including painting, carving and storytelling. Matt enjoyed putting up his 48-foot cabin tent in the Northern Maine woods and welcoming family, friends and anyone else who stepped through the tent flaps. Matt was always there to lend a hand and open his doors to anyone in need and always had a place for anyone at the dinner table. He made lifelong friends from near and far, who became a part of his family.

Matt was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Jackie, along with his two brothers and one sister.

He is survived by his five children and their spouses: Brian and Ro-Ann Curry, Susan Curry and Neil Mackay, Stephen and Judy Curry, Arthur and Candy Curry, and Alan Curry. Matt was loved by 15 grandchildren: Briana Brennick and husband Keith, Brooklyn Curry and fiancé Ricky DerBoghosian, Jesse and Melissa Curry, Jarrod Curry, Mellissa Kenney and husband Jamie, Scott Mackay, Chelsey Gomez, Ross Curry, Ian Soper, Brandon Curry, Chase Curry, Trinity Paquin, Truly Curry, Logan Kelley and Tyler Curry. Also working many years with daughter-in-law Cheryl Curry. Matt also leaves nine great-grandchildren: Karagan and Kaydence Kenney, Colton Mackay, Natalie and Avianna Curry, Rosalind and Lily Mellor, and Desirae and Alex Gomez. There are too many special nieces, nephews and numerous friends to list. All are left with lifelong memories of Matt.

You can honor Matt’s great life by taking a stroll in the Maine woods, wetting a line in the ponds, and getting out to enjoy nature’s beauty. Family and friends are planning a Celebration of Life to be announced at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Memories and condolences may be shared at ripostafh.com.