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Matthew Richard Rice Brown

February 17, 1988July 7, 2020

South Portland - Matthew Richard Rice Brown, 32, of South Portland, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2020 at home with family. Matthew was born on February 17, 1988. He was the beloved son of Thomas K. Brown, Sr. and Susan Rice Brown of South Portland and attended South Portland schools. Matthew was born with Spina Bifida and was a paraplegic. He played Challenger Baseball, organized through the little league in Portland. Matt had fun attending Pine Tree Camp, a camping experience for special needs children and adults. He especially enjoyed interacting with the camp counselors. Matthew was an enthusiastic participant in Special Olympics throughout middle school both locally and in the state games. He earned many medals for wheelchair racing and throwing. He was a friend to all his teammates and other participants he met. Due to health issues he spent time on pediatrics P2 and later at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. Many of the nurses, residents and doctors, therapists, unit secretaries, child life staff, housekeeping staff and others became friends and very special to him. Matt was on the Children’s Miracle Network local broadcast (WGME) to benefit Maine Medical Center’s Pediatric Unit for several years. After aging out of BBCH he developed other such friendships more recently on Richards 4. Matthew also took part in activities of the Spina Bifida Association of Maine (later associating with the Spina Bifida Association of New England). Matthew was a baseball enthusiast and enjoyed watching games on television, at Hadlock Field and other venues. He visited Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium and Turner Field for games. He enjoyed wearing his Yankee hat and shirt to doctor’s appointments (Red Sox fans) “to get their goat.” His real favorite team however was the Atlanta Braves and he got the opportunity, through The Kid’s Wish Network, to fly to Atlanta, go on the field during batting practice and meet a number of the players and coaches. Some he met were John Smolts, Terry Pendleton, Brian McCann and Bobby Cox among others. Matthew is survived by his parents, his brother Thomas K. Brown, Jr. of Portland, Maine, sister, Sabrina Elizabeth Joy (Brown) Mitchell and nieces, Lilie and Madelynn of Bingham, Maine, Aunts Sally Newell of Richmond, Maine and Shirley Minster of Dowling Park, Florida. Uncle and Aunt, Keith and Judy Brown of Davis, California and several cousins and friends. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 18, 2020 followed by visiting together until 4:00 PM. Refreshments will be available after the service. This will take place at our home at 44 Robert Mills Road, South Portland, ME.

Burial will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Matthew asked that donations be made to: Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Philanthropy Department 22 Bramhall Street Portland, Maine 04102 Donations can also be made online at bbch.org/donate where you can indicate that it is a memorial donation for Matthew Brown.


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Maine Medical Center R4 Nurses

July 18, 2020

We are all so sorry to hear of Matt's passing. He was always welcomed on R4 . All of us truly enjoyed Matt's steady strength and resilience. His humor was outstanding and we all shared many great moments together. His ability to remember all of our names was outstanding. We would like to send our love and hugs to Matt's Mom and Dad Susan and Tom, Tom, Sabrina and his extended family. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

The MMC R4 Staff

Steven Boisvert

July 18, 2020

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July 17, 2020

Dear Susan, Tom, Tommy & Sabrina,
My heartfelt sympathy to each of you. Matt's passing breaks my heart. His smile, giggles, antics, jokes over the years bring wonderful memories. I first met him in his mini wheelchair preparing to enter kindergarten in South Portland. Then over so many years as his school nurse, I watched him grow up enjoying school, making friends at Special Olympics and winning so many medals !! Our Team stay in the Dorms of Univ. of Maine in Orono each June was life changing for the Olympians. I will cherish my memories of Matt.

Noelle Lowery

July 15, 2020

Susan and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot even begin to fathom the pain that you are all feeling. Matt was such a ray of sunshine, and he brightened my day every time I saw him. It was such an honor and joy to have the pleasure of taking part in his care over the past 4.5 years. I hope you can find comfort in knowing that you provided him with a life that allowed him to live his life to the fullest despite his disabilities. I know Matt is up in heaven enjoying endless ice coffees!
Sending all my love,
Noelle Lowery

Tina Quigley

July 14, 2020

Susan and Tom

Matt and Dennis where such good friends sharing so much in common. They got in so much mischief at the hospital together. Now they are at peace in Heaven. May you find comfort and peace in your time of sorrow. Love Tina Quigley

Dawn Maietta (Swiger)

July 12, 2020

Susan, Tom, Sabrina and Tommy,

I am so sorry to hear of the Matt’s passing. He was such a great kid. I enjoyed babysitting him when he was younger. You are all in my thoughts XO

Jan Stilkey

July 12, 2020

Matt and I have had a long and memorable friendship. I will miss his laugh, his smile and his jokes. He was never at a loss for words and liked to be in the middle of it all. I was pleased to be able to Zoom with him just recently and share our memories. Love you Matt

Shirley Minster

July 12, 2020

Matthew was a special nephew who loved jokes and yet also enjoyed serious conversations as well. I'll miss him greatly. Aunt Shirley