San Francisco Chronicle - (Sunday)

Matthew Gerard Carlin

June 21, 1958 - April 27, 2021


Matthew Gerard Carlin, son of Dennis Michael Carlin and the late Dolores Marie Carlin, was a proud native of San Francisco. He is survived by his beloved wife, Genoveva Carlin; his daughter, Julie Carlin Harrington (Jack Harrington); his son, Matthew Joseph Carlin; his brother, Dennis Michael Carlin Jr.; and his sisters, Georgi Costello, Julie Pastrano, Erin Carlin, and Regina Carlin.

After his time at St. Cecilia’s and Herbert Hoover Middle School, Matt attended John O’Connell High School where he learned the trades. As a young man, Matt worked with his father and brother building properties as general contractor­s through their family business DEMCA, Inc. He then became a tile contractor where he excelled in beautifyin­g the Bay Area with his work. He was truly an artist. He loved his Harley Davidson motorcycle­s and would pop a wheelie whenever he could. Matt showed his fighting spirit through his boxing days where he would train at Newman’s Gym with Don Stuart. Later in life, Matt developed an apartment building, laundromat and cafe on Valencia Street with his father and brother. Matt belonged in the ocean on his boat where he would spend countless days fishing for salmon and crab. He loved to travel on fishing trips from Alaska, all the way to Mexico, and everywhere in between.

In 1991, he married the love of his life, Genoveva Torres. He courted her by showing her all of San Francisco and visiting her in Mexico. Matt was a hopeless romantic. They welcomed two children into the world and Matt was so proud of every move they made. He was always shedding tears of joy at all of their accomplish­ments. Matt was the best father and husband. He gave his family a beautiful life and showed them what true love means. Matthew passed away peacefully in his home under the care and dedication of his nurse daughter after a long nine years battling Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. He spent his final days surrounded by family, friends and love.

A Rosary Vigil will be held Thursday, May 6th at 4:00pm and Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, May 7th at 10:00am at St. Cecilia Church in San Francisco. Masks are required.

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