Since 1873

Official Obituary of: Matthew Ralston Allen, 41, on July 31, 2021

Matthew Ralston Allen, 41, on July 31, 2021

Matthew Ralston Allen, 41

September 21, 1979- July 31, 2021

Born on September 21,1979 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Matt was the treasured eldest son of Mark and Olga Allen. He grew up in North Attleboro, MA and went on to graduate from North Attleboro High School in 1998. A true testament to his loyal character, he maintained the same circle of friends throughout his life.

After graduating from NAHS, Matt went on to Fitchburg State College where he received a bachelor’s degree in Business leading him to a career in the family business at W.H. Riley & Son. 

His beloved garage, a structure that sits at 30- by 53-feet, was never quite big enough for all his toys and tools, as he liked to say. There was always a dirt bike being brought back to life or a piece of machinery that was being perfected. Matt was in the process of restoring his 1978 red Chevy pickup truck, and it was his dream to have the space to park it among the rest of his favorite things.

Matt and his longtime love Caitlin (VanDeGiesen) were together for nearly a decade. They loved to travel together, enjoy a good meal and watch reruns of “The Office.” The first addition to their family was their rescue dog, Ben, who became their constant companion and newest travel partner.  

In 2017, Matt and Caitlin welcomed their son Ryan, who idolized Matt and sought to join him on every errand and adventure. Matt, a quiet man of few words, found joy and a good laugh in having a son who never stopped talking.

In 2019 Annie was born, completing their family. Lovingly nicknaming her “banana,” he delighted in her poking his cheek every morning at the crack of dawn, yelling “Hi Daddy!”

A cancer diagnosis in the fall of 2020 took the family by surprise. He fought courageously, never losing hope and always believing that his health would be restored.

Matt was a devoted brother to Jon. They shared a love of garage projects, trips to their cabin in Maine and weekly breakfast dates at the local diner. Jon’s wife Christina was the sister he never had. He was also a cherished uncle to Sammi, Joey and Charlie Allen; Avery and Colin VanDeGiesen; and Samantha and Teagan VanDeGiesen. 

Matt will always be remembered for his kindness, honesty and loyalty. A steadfast and faithful friend, husband, son, brother and father who will be sorely missed by many. His passing is also grieved by his parents, the VanDeGiesen family, a large extended family and his lifelong friends and colleagues. Matt’s burial will be private and a celebration of his wonderful life will be held at a later date. If you wish, donations may be made to Ryan and Annie Allen’s Education Fund. Checks can be mailed directly to Bank of America, 505 Pleasant Street, Attleboro, MA 02703.

 

  • Comment (21)
  • Our deepest sympathy to the families. I’ll always remember Matt as one of the most genuinely nice people I’ve ever met. 

  • To The Allen Family … My sincerest condolences on your loss of your wonderful son Matthew.  It is the hardest thing in life.  My heart is with you at this most difficult time.  I will be keeping you all in my prayers.
     
              

  • To the Allen’s;
    Our sincerest condolences in the loss of your dear son Matthew. He was a bright light in life too so many, especially his family and his wife and children. We will keep you in our prayers. So very saddened and prays for strength
    to The Allen’s.

    With Sincerest Sympathy;

    Peter and Lorraine Thompson

  • I’m very sorry to hear about Matt’s passing.  I had the pleasure to meet Matt (and Jon) through NPGA benchmarking.  Both we’re sharp guys and seemed to make a great team.  We are keeping the family in our prayers.  

  • Our Prayers and Warmth of our Hearts to all.  May your memories carry the healing and love and surround all in peace.

  • Rest In Peace Matty – wishing Jon, Caitlin and the family all the love and prayers one could imagine.

    A true man to live up to.

  • Our classmate, David Parker, just brought this to my attention.  Dear Olga and family, this is a tragic loss and I cannot express sufficient sympathy.  Please accept my most sincere condolences.  We just cannot predict the twists and turns that life brings to us.

    Your classmate . . . Paul Klenk

  • so sorry to hear of the loss of such a nice young man. My prayers and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends. 

  • So very sorry to learn of this.  Thinking of you all and sending prayers for peace for the whole family. Matt will be missed! XoX

  • I never had the pleasure of meeting Matt, however,  knowing his family I have no doubt he was also a good person.   God Bless the family during this tough time.

    Olle Peterson & family 

  • There are no words that will comfort at this time. Such a sad, tragic loss… Many prayers incoming for Caitlin, their two beautiful children and extended family, and Matt’s dearest friends. Sending love, hugs, and strength… ???

  • I’m going to miss you Matt. I will miss our talks at all the kids birthday party’s. Rest in peace my friend. Praying  for your family that God can give them strength  at this unbearable  time of mourning.

  • This is a terrible loss for Caitlin, her children and all of Matt’s family and friends.  So sorry for all your pain.  Love and prayers to all.

Leave Your Comment

21 Responses

  1. This is a terrible loss for Caitlin, her children and all of Matt’s family and friends.  So sorry for all your pain.  Love and prayers to all.

  2. I’m going to miss you Matt. I will miss our talks at all the kids birthday party’s. Rest in peace my friend. Praying  for your family that God can give them strength  at this unbearable  time of mourning.

  3. There are no words that will comfort at this time. Such a sad, tragic loss… Many prayers incoming for Caitlin, their two beautiful children and extended family, and Matt’s dearest friends. Sending love, hugs, and strength… ???

  4. I never had the pleasure of meeting Matt, however,  knowing his family I have no doubt he was also a good person.   God Bless the family during this tough time.

    Olle Peterson & family 

  5. So very sorry to learn of this.  Thinking of you all and sending prayers for peace for the whole family. Matt will be missed! XoX

  6. so sorry to hear of the loss of such a nice young man. My prayers and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends. 

  7. Our classmate, David Parker, just brought this to my attention.  Dear Olga and family, this is a tragic loss and I cannot express sufficient sympathy.  Please accept my most sincere condolences.  We just cannot predict the twists and turns that life brings to us.

    Your classmate . . . Paul Klenk

  8. Rest In Peace Matty – wishing Jon, Caitlin and the family all the love and prayers one could imagine.

    A true man to live up to.

  9. Our Prayers and Warmth of our Hearts to all.  May your memories carry the healing and love and surround all in peace.

  10. I’m very sorry to hear about Matt’s passing.  I had the pleasure to meet Matt (and Jon) through NPGA benchmarking.  Both we’re sharp guys and seemed to make a great team.  We are keeping the family in our prayers.  

  11. To the Allen’s;
    Our sincerest condolences in the loss of your dear son Matthew. He was a bright light in life too so many, especially his family and his wife and children. We will keep you in our prayers. So very saddened and prays for strength
    to The Allen’s.

    With Sincerest Sympathy;

    Peter and Lorraine Thompson

  12. To The Allen Family … My sincerest condolences on your loss of your wonderful son Matthew.  It is the hardest thing in life.  My heart is with you at this most difficult time.  I will be keeping you all in my prayers.
     
              

  13. Our deepest sympathy to the families. I’ll always remember Matt as one of the most genuinely nice people I’ve ever met. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *