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Matt J. Alston

Matt J. Alston

Thursday, December 26th, 1935 - Friday, May 8th, 2020
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Matt Joseph Alston, 84, of New Britain, CT passed away Friday, May 8, 2020 at home. Matt was born on December 26, 1935 in Halifax, NC and was the son of the late Leslie, Sr and Nancy (Solomon) Alston. He decided to relocate to Connecticut in the early 60’s, but always remained a true North Carolina Tar Heel at heart. Matt worked thirty-two years for the Frank E. Downes Construction Company, retiring in June of 1998. He became a baptized member of the Jehovah’s Witness Organization in 1972, where he was promoted to a Ministerial Servant. Matt had a passion for gardening, bowling, and playing horseshoes. He loved taking his yearly vacation trips back home to North Carolina and then returning back for a good dinner at West End Pizza in Bristol CT. Matt will always be remembered for his hard work ethics, sense of humor, dedication to his family, friends and his faith.

Matt will be deeply missed by his beloved wife Margaret S. (Ellis) Alston married for fifty-eight years of New Britain, CT, his three daughters Margaret M. Alston of New Britain, CT. Nancy L. Archer of Pemberton, NJ, Tammy E. Gainey and her husband William of New Britain, CT, his five sons Matt J. Alston Jr, and Edward L. Alston and Robert L. Alston all of New Britain, CT, Allen Alston of Windsor, CT and Thomas Ausby of Halifax, NC, his two brothers Arthur Alston of Philadelphia, PA, and Leslie Alston of New Britain, CT, his sister Lucille McWilliams of Roanoke Rapids, NC, his fifteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Matt was predeceased by his five sisters, Francis McCallop, Elma Hale, Verma Clay, Mary Scott and Martha Purnell.

Homegoing Celebration for Matt will be held Friday, May 15, 2020 at 12 p.m. from the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Ave., New Britain, CT. with the Rev. Richard McKeon, Pastor, presiding. Committal service and final resting place will be in Fairview Cemetery, 120 Smalley St., New Britain, CT. Relatives and friends may call at the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Service of comfort and compassion provided by the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home. To extend condolences to the Alston family or to share a memory of Matt, please visit SHAKERFUNERALHOME.COM
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  • Visitation

    Friday, May 15th, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Friday, May 15th, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home
    764 Farmington Avenue
    NEW BRITAIN, CT 06053
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  • Service

    Friday, May 15th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Friday, May 15th, 2020 12:00pm
    Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home
    764 Farmington Avenue
    NEW BRITAIN, CT 06053
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    Rev. Richard McKeon
  • Interment

    Fairview Cemetery
    120 Smalley Street
    new britain, CT 06051
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Jeff Strausbaugh

Posted at 11:53am
We loved Matt so much and miss him dearly.
Love, the Strausbaughs


Posted at 06:31am
Matt was a good man and a hard worker...He helped make Downes Construction a successful Company.We wish
His family the best...Thank you all for being there for him and being there for us.. Our condolences to the family..we feel your pain...John Downes Sr.

Wayne Timura

Posted at 05:35pm
My condolences to the Alston family. I have fond memories and enjoyed working beside and learning from Matt while at the Downes Company during summers when I was in engineer college. He was always a hard worker and I remember at the end of the day he looked forward to going home to his wife and family.
Wayne Timura

Suzanne Thibodeau

Posted at 09:58am
Everyone loved Matt and we will miss him dearly. We got baptized in the same year and served together in the Central Congregation until we moved to Florida in 1999. We always enjoyed seeing Matt and his family, always faithful, at the meetings, when we would come home for a visit. His family were always sitting together, taking up an entire row at the meetings, with his wife, children and grandchildren. Matt was always smiling and never complained. May Jehovah sustain all you all until such time that we are united in Paradise. Sending our deepest sympathy and love from our hearts to yours. Love, Tom and Sue Thibodeau, San Antonio, Florida.

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