In Loving Memory: Matthew Lawrence Harlow, of Hudson Florida and formerly of West Falmouth, died peacefully July 23. He was 51. He was the husband of Maria (DeSario) and the father of Abigail of Hudson, Florida.
Matt grew up in West Falmouth and would be seen rowing his skiff ‘Matts Rat’ delivering people to their boats, running trash and keeping a watchful eye on the harbor. When he wasn’t rowing around the harbor he would be found swimming at Bowerman’s Beach Club or jumping off the Chapoquoit Bridge.
Upon moving to Hudson, Florida, at the age of 14, he continued his love of the sea becoming Commodore of the Bayonet Point Yacht Club. He would be seen leading a flotilla to Anclote Island in the Gulf.
He cut his teeth on the steering wheel of a Kenworth. For the first few decades Matt and his father, Larry, were a team driving several million miles across the United States. Matt was in ‘The Elite Fleet’ hauling specialty freight which included parts for the Patriot Missile Launchers, Top Secret government cargo, Polaroid, Scitex and Smart Home trade shows to name a few.
Matts interest and knowledge of his home town Falmouth led him to write many Facebook entries on the ‘I Grew Up In Falmouth’ page sharing the history and stories handed down through the generations. He was the Administrator for ‘The New Port Richey Chat’ and ‘The Florida Great Bites Restaurant and Review’.
He was ever present at his daughter’s band concerts and aquatic events supporting her and her peers.
Matt was an old soul and had a passion for vintage cars and music. He was veracious reader, historian, essayist and wordsmith. Matt was a man with a keen sense of humor, razor sharp wit, a joke in his pocket at the ready, impeccable vocabulary, a sailor’s heart and a dapper gentleman of the Open Highway. To many of his nephews and nieces he was referred to as ‘Uncle Buck’.
The man in charge at the West Falmouth Boat Club heard of his passing and struck the flag at half-mast on the dock. A true honor to a man that loved the sea, his country, his friends, and most of all his family.
Matt was always the obituary writer, and he deserted his post way too soon so we hope this will suffice.
In addition to his wife and daughter he leaves his brother Michael Harlow of West Falmouth, sisters Shelly Hawkes of West Falmouth and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and daughter he leaves his brother Michael Harlow of West Falmouth, sisters Shelly Hamilton of Diamond Point NY, Marti Jeglinski of Falmouth, and Maurie Harlow-Hawkes of West Falmouth, and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date.
For online guestbook and directions please visit www.chapmanfuneral.com.