New London, NH. Matthew Gerard Stevens, 59, of Pleasant Street, died Wednesday, August 27, 2014 surrounded by his family at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, NH. Matt was born in New Haven, CT on February 25, 1955 the son of Carleton and Elinor Stevens. Matt was a longtime resident of New London and proprietor of Garden Gate Landscape Company. He was also the author of "Wren’s Summer Day", a children’s book, illustrated by Anna Goodale and "The Dry Line", an adult novel, set in New England. Matt attended Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine and New England College in Arundel, West Sussex, England and Henniker, NH, studying English and History.
Matt was a storyteller, a stargazer, and a friend to all who knew him. He was known for his sense of humor, his goodwill, dancing the night away, and his love of life. He loved classic literature, the likes of Twain and Faulkner, classic films; his favorite being Treasure of the Sierra Madres. He loved Frank Sinatra, long-distance cycling with the Tour de Stu, and driving golf balls far off into the woods, nearly out of sight. He was dedicated to his family.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Kathi L. Kelly, his two children, Kelly D. Stevens, 26, a pastry chef in Burlington, VT and Daniel S. Stevens, 21, a student at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He is also survived by his mother, Elinor Stevens, also of New London, his sister Maria Stevens of Rome, Maine, brother Michael Stevens and wife, Daphne of Fiskdale, Massachusetts, brother Alex Stevens of New London, sister-in -law Susan Stevens of Hamden, Connecticut; nieces Ginger Stevens, Nina Perkins and nephews Gabe Perkins and Peter Stevens. He was predeceased by his brother Carl Stevens of Hamden, Connecticut and his father Carleton H. Stevens of New London.
A memorial service will be held on September 12, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church of New London, NH.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Margaret Chatellier Scholarship Fund, c/o Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church, 82 King Hill Road, New London, NH 03257