March 16, 1927 – November 28, 2012
Mathias C. Roland, 85, passed away quietly after a long illness on November 28, 2012 at Mayo Hospital. Mat immigrated to Mayport, Florida from Portugal with his parents in 1937 at age 10. He graduated from Fletcher High School and received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He was married to his beloved wife, Rose Bradley Roland, for over 62 years. He was a loving and devoted father to their five children. They lived in Atlantic Beach for the past 50 years. Mat and Rose started their wholesale seafood processing business in Mayport, Florida then expanded with operations in Cape Canaveral, Fernandina Beach and Ft. Myers Beach; they also owned many shrimp boats. Mat was instrumental in promoting and developing the seafood industry throughout Florida and was a prominent member of The Southeastern Fisheries Association. Mat was an avid tennis player and golfer at Selva Marina Country Club where years ago he served as House Chairman. He even surfed from time to time with his sons, encouraging them which resulted in them becoming surf champions. Mat was loved by all those who knew him for his humor, his kindness and his enormous generosity. He will be missed by all those lives he touched, especially the people of Mayport who were very dear to him.
In addition to his wife, Mat is survived by his children and their spouses: Paul, Joseph (Jennifer), Vincent, Brad (Priscilla), Laura (Albin Koch); his grandchildren and their spouses: Ashley Des Enfants (Thom), Nell, Nathan, Brandon (Melissa), Laine; great-grandchildren: Vincent James and Bryce. The family will hold a private ceremony and send their heartfelt thanks to their friends and all those who cared for Mat for their kindness and loving support throughout the years. Should anyone care to make a donation in Mat’s honor, please do so to the charity of their choice. Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home 1701 Beach Blvd Jacksonville Beach 904-249-2374
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December 16, 2012
Very sad to learn of Matts' passing.
Matt helped MANY in his lifetime and I was one of them.
December 11, 2012
So sorry to hear of Mr. Roland's passing! I knew him for a short time while he was at fleet landing! I was fortunate to have been one of his nurses! May God be with his family and may he rest in peace!!!
December 10, 2012
I was saddened to see that Mr. Roland has passed away. The same age as my mother, also a Mayport resident, they attended school together. My father ran Roland owned shrimpers as a young man(Matt's father ran the operation back then). Matt Roland helped out struggling commercial fishermen for decades. He was a great man and will be will be greatly missed. My condolences go to the Roland family. Martin Cooper
December 10, 2012
I knew Mr Roland when I worked in the Publix Pharmacy a few years ago.He was the nicest man.I am so sorry to hear of his passing.My sympathies to his family.
December 8, 2012
Never to be forgotten, Mat Roland was a friend to many!
December 6, 2012
Mat did so much for Mayport Village and its residents. It was wonderful growing up at Monty's Marina next door to Mat Roland seafood. I will always remember Mat's raspy voice and constant smile. Mike Weaver
December 6, 2012
So sad to hear the passing of a GREAT MAN, whom reminded me so much of my Nephew. Always had a kind word to say, and gave huge big hugs. He will be truly missed by all.
Baptist Heart Specialist
December 4, 2012
Sorry to hear, Mat was an asset to the the Village of MAyport for many yeears. His kindness, and courtsey will be greatly missed. Frankie Dale Harrell 442.4419