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Matthew J. Adams

Matthew J. Adams, 36, died suddenly on October 10, 2021, near his home in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

Matthew was born in Portland, Maine on July 5, 1985. He graduated from the Lisbon High School class in 2004 and graduated in Computer Science with the Class of 2007 at Central Maine Community College and in TV Video Production. at the New England School of Communications. Class of 2010. Matthew was a valued employee of RA Hoy Heating and Air Conditioning in Kitty Hawk, NC and prior to moving to North Carolina he was employed by NAPA in Westbrook, Maine.

Matthew had a gentle, kind heart and was a gifted photographer and writer. He was an avid hiker, mountaineer and traveler. He loved the beach, sand sculptures, stand up paddle boarding and tasting local food on his travels. He cherished his childhood at Adams Camp at Bonney Eagle Pond in Buxton, ME and the Smith Beach Houses in Hampton Beach, NH. He loved living near the ocean on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and spent hours on the beach and in the water. A large circle of friends and family followed his photos and Facebook posts chronicling his travels and adventures across the United States.

Matt loved to play poker and was a staunch fan of the Denver Broncos and New Jersey Devils. Many of us will miss his lively football talks, updates and predictions. He worked part-time at his local gym, The Outer Banks Sport Club, and was an avid fitness enthusiast. He will be missed by his cat and constant companion Remy.

Matt was a dedicated Christian who deeply loved the Lord and was passionate about serving others and spreading the gospel. He was a member of the Eastpoint Christian Church in South Portland Maine. He was known for his faith, friendship, humor, compassion and his work with Christian young adult groups, local soup kitchens and as a street pastor.

Matthew is beloved and will be sadly missed by a large group of family and friends. He is survived by his father and stepmother Jon and Cheryl Adams of Lisbon Falls ME, his mother and stepfather Kim and Patrick McAllister of Kill Devil Hills NC, his siblings Rebecca McLean (Ian) of Smithfield RI , Mitchell McAllister of Providence RI, Alexander McAllister of Kill Devil Hills NC, Breanne McAllister (Tom Carothers) of Rocky Mount NC and Kimberly Shields (Jonathan) of Bangor ME, his grandmother Julia Ann Smith from Epping, NH and her beau -Father Carl Bates of Greene, ME. Matt is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Dylan and Paige McLean, Silas and Josie Shields, Aiden Irwin and Liam Carothers, as well as many uncles, aunts, cousins, friends and extended family. Matt was predeceased by his grandfather and grandmother, John and Audrey Adams, his grandfather Robert Smith of NH and his step-grandparents Beulah Jean and Virgil L. McAllister of Florida and Marilyn Bates of Greene, ME

A service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday October 23 at the Son Rise of Christ Church at 1311 Goldie Street in Kill Devil Hills NC 27948. A second service will be held at Eastpoint Christian Church 345 Clarks Pond Pkwy, South Portland, ME 04106 on Sunday November 7 at 1:00 p.m. A private funeral will be held on Monday morning November 8 at Pine Grove Cemetery in Falmouth, ME.

The family accepts donations to one of the following organizations: Son Rise of Christ Church at 1311 Goldie Street in Kill Devil Hills NC 27948; OBX Room in the Inn, Kill Devil Hills, NC; Eastpoint Christian Church of South Portland, ME or The Root Cellar in Portland or Lewiston, Maine as an expression of sympathy instead of flowers. Words of sympathy and comfort are welcome online via Facebook or on the register at


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