Matthew Vincent Plescia
December 14, 1945 - November 5, 2018
Matthew Vincent Plescia passed away at home in Marin County on November 5th, 2018. Born Matteo Vincenzo Plescia in Piana degli Albanesi, Sicily, he came to the United States with his sister, Fran in 1951. Matt grew up on 26th Ave. in the Sunset District of San Francisco. He attended Polytechnic High School, where he played both baseball and football. Matt met Mary Walsh in 1971, and after six months of dating, they were married. The couple moved to Marin in 1976, where they had three boys. They were also foster parents when their boys were young. Matt proudly served the San Francisco Fire Department for 29 years, working mostly out of Station 7 in The Mission and retiring as a captain at Station 6. A day rarely passed when he didn’t remind everyone that he had “the best job in the world.” On his days off, he coached all three of his sons from T-Ball and Pop Warner all the way to high school baseball and football at Terra Linda. He taught his players about teamwork and fairness, and coached every practice and game with dedication and his signature intensity. In retirement, he traded coaching for babysitting his grandchildren—a job he loved deeply. Matt also volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul in San Rafael, faithfully maintained his 6am workouts at the Marin YMCA, and swapped jokes with his motley crew of friends at Starbucks. All his life, he was completely devoted to his family, community, and church. Matt was a faithful parishioner of St. Isabella’s, where he attended mass each week. He looked forward to taking his entire family on vacation to Yosemite every summer. Matt rooted for the 49ers and Giants, but every team was second to his beloved New York Yankees. He jumped at any chance to help his family, never left a debt unsettled, always paid in cash, and made everyone laugh. He is survived by his wife, Mary; his sister, Fran (Ken, his brother-in-law and best friend); his three sons, David (Nicolle), Michael (Marianna), and Mark (Christina); six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. A vigil will be held at St. Isabella’s Church in Terra Linda on November 15, at 5:00pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Isabella’s Church on November 16, at 2:30pm, with a reception at the Parish Hall to follow.