POCOMOKE CITY, Md. - Reverend Malcolm John Matthews, locally known as "Nick" died on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at Hartley Hall in Pocomoke City, Maryland.
He was born in Salisbury, MD on December 27, 1930, the eldest child of the late Malcolm G. "Mac" and Thera Bernheim Matthews. Malcolm was a gifted pianist who at age 16 won a Baldwin spinet piano during a contest for his beautifully played rendition of "Moonlight Sonata". He continued playing the piano throughout his years at the Marion Institute in Marion, Alabama where he was awarded an Associate of Arts Degree in 1949 and also received the department medal for highest yearly average in Foreign Language. Malcolm then attended the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill and received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Spanish on June 4, 1951. He went on to become a Russian interpreter in the United States Navy. In 1960 Malcolm completed his studies at General Seminary in New York and returned to Maryland with his Master of Divinity degree. Bishop Allen J. Miller ordained him Deacon on June 18, 1960 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Pocomoke City, MD. He became a priest on December 21, 1960 six days before his 30th birthday. Rev. Malcolm Matthews became an Associate at Christ Church in Easton and remained there until 1968. He then became an Associate at St. David's Episcopal Church in Baltimore until his retirement in 1997. His parishioners knew him so well that they presented him with a beautifully hand crafted quilt. Each square held a special memory for them of their beloved Rev. Malcolm. While in Baltimore Malcolm was also a volunteer at the National Aquarium where he conducted tours for Spanish speaking visitors. Malcolm often traveled throughout Europe and enjoyed conversing with the locals in their native languages. He especially loved Spain, Portugal and England.
Malcolm was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Hannah Matthews Malloy. He is survived by Hannah's children, who knew him as "Uncle Nick": Kevin Malloy of Denver, Colorado; Kathy Malloy Breithut and son Eric of Pocomoke City; Tracy and David Williams of Glen Allen, Va. and sons Matt and Corey; Mark and Angie Malloy of Pocomoke City and son Josh and Lisa and Ron Boltz and daughter Hannah of Salisbury, MD. Father Matthews (Uncle Nick) will always be remembered by his parishioners, friends and family for his love of dogs, ice cream, chocolate, travel and British humor.
A funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church on 3rd St. in Pocomoke City, MD. A reception will follow in the Community Room at the Pocomoke Community Center at 1410 Market Street. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Interment will follow St David's Episcopal Church in Baltimore at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 107 Vine Street, Pocomoke City, MD 21851.To send condolences to the family visit www.hollowayfh.com.