Chipp Matthews

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Matthews, Chipp ALBANY Chipp Matthews (nee Scott M. Smith) passed away on Monday, March 3, 2014 at the St. Peter's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a brave struggle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Chipp was born on June 15, 1958 in Little Falls, N.Y. to Deanna (Vosburgh) Smith and James Smith and grew up in Fort Plain, N.Y. He graduated from Fort Plain High School in 1976. He also earned degrees from Newcastle Business College and Schenectady County Community College. Chipp leaves behind his partner, The Rev. Shawn E. Bracebridge and their two children, Malik TJ Matthews and Cameron Kamel Matthews. He also leaves his mother, Deanna Smith; two sisters, Faith Smith and Jayne (Michael) Vickerson; many cousins including Sherene (John) Peruzzi, Bob (LuAnn) Schrader, Bill (Cherie) Schrader; aunts and uncles; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father and brother. Chipp was also blessed with many close friends whom he considered family including Yasmin Delestre, Brian and Gail Stall and Steve Johnson. Chipp is reunited in heaven with his beloved cairn terrier Ceejay. Chipp had many interests, but was most proud and involved in the lives of his two sons, Malik and Cameron, who are his greatest legacy. He enjoyed doing stained glass, amusement parks, the beach, gardening and karaoke. He loved hockey and played as a member of the Albany Bombers team and was an avid season ticket holder fan of the Albany River Rats and Albany Devils. Chipp was also involved with Albany Youth Soccer and many other volunteer opportunities, always doing walks, runs and other events for various important causes around the capital district. Chipp enjoyed his work and leaves many long time friends from Equifax and Capital Cardiology. The family would like to thank all the staff at St. Peter's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center who cared so lovingly for him until the end. The family is also grateful for the amazing work of the St. Peter's ALS Regional Center, especially Dr. Roberta Miller and Trish O'Keefe as well as Sue Farrow from the Eddy VNA who were always available to support Chipp and his family through the journey. Calling hours and a celebration of Chipp's life will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 1- 3 p.m. at McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 North Allen Street, Albany. A short service of remembrance will take place at the funeral home at 2 p.m. The family requests that flowers be omitted, but that generous donations be made in Chipp's name to the St. Peter's ALS Regional Center/Louis Golub MDA/ALS Clinic at 19 Warehouse Row, Albany, NY 12205 or to the Matthews Children Education Fund at Capital Communications Federal Credit Union, 18 Computer Drive East, Albany, NY 12205. To leave a message for the family, please visit

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Published in Albany Times Union from Mar. 7 to Mar. 21, 2014
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