BELGRADE LAKES, MAINE - Matthew J. Carey, 55, passed away on January 26, 2017, at Gray Birch Rehabilitation and Long Term Care Facility in Augusta, Maine, after a brief illness.\r\n\r\nMatthew was born on April 4, 1961, in Waterville, Maine, son of Richard J. and Norma M. Carey (Morin). He graduated from Lawrence High School in Fairfield, class of 1980. From there he attended Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in Bangor where he obtained associate’s degrees in Electrical Power and Electronics. \r\n\r\nAfter graduation, he was employed by Verizon in New Hampshire, Maine, and Delaware. During his time in Delaware he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He retired from Verizon in 2011 and returned to Maine.\r\n\r\nMatt was very involved with the Telephone Pioneers of America, holding several offices, and participated in many of their volunteer events, especially the Special Olympics. Matt was a people person. He loved to make people laugh, and could get along with anyone. He enjoyed camping, and taking cruises with friends and family. He was very generous with everyone, especially his nieces and nephews.\r\n\r\nHe was predeceased by his mother, Norma M. Carey in 2014.\r\n\r\nHe is survived by his father, Richard Carey of Belgrade Lakes; sister Nancy Cunningham and husband Lee of Vassalboro, sister Susan Inman and companion Paul Jacobs of Oakland, brother James Carey and wife Gisele of Fairfield; nieces and nephews Amy Cunningham, Jessica Cunningham, Aaron Higgins, Meagan Higgins, Adam Carey, and Spencer Carey; great niece Aubrie Schencks, and great nephew Camden Schencks.\r\n\r\nA Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Notre Dame Church, 112 Silver Street, Waterville. Burial will be held in the spring. \r\n\r\nThe family would like to thank the administration and staff at Gray Birch for their exceptional care during his stay. \r\n\r\nShould friends desire, contributions in Matt’s memory can be made to: MGMC Rehabilitation and Long Term Care, for caregivers on “The Birches”, 37 Gray Birch Drive, Augusta, ME 04330.