Matthew Vin­cent Ples­cia

San Francisco Chronicle - - BAY AREA -

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.

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