Kevin Peter Matthei

Bar Harbor

Kevin Peter Matthei, 69, died unexpectedly on Jan. 9, 2022, at his home in Bar Harbor. He was born on Nov. 18, 1952, in Long Branch, N.J., the son of Wesley G. and Marie E. (Kassay) Matthei.

Kevin grew up in Neptune and Warren, N.J., and graduated from Watchung High School in 1970 before attending Northeastern University and graduating in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Kevin spent many years working for MACOM in Lowell, Mass., and was also a handyman for people across Mount Desert Island. A loyal member of the Elks Club and Friends of Acadia, Kevin had a deep passion for the outdoors, nature and bringing laughter to everyone he met. When he wasn’t hiking, hunting, fishing or playing cards you could find him enjoying time with his daughters and grandchildren and making everyone around him laugh (a lot). For many years Kevin would volunteer on the Appalachian Trail, cooking breakfast and taking care of travelers and hikers from all over the world, and he always surprised his daughters and grandchildren with visits, where he would bring presents consisting of books (with hidden dollar bills in every page) and thoughtful gifts that they would enjoy.

Kevin is survived by his mother, Marie Matthei, of Bradenton, Fla., his brother Keith Matthei and wife, Alison Matthei, of Sarasota, Fla., daughter Lauren Matthei and fiancé Mackenzie Oliver of Essex Junction, Vt., daughter Victoria (Matthei) Azzolino and her husband, Mike Azzolino, of Groton, Mass., two grandchildren, Anthony and Juliana Azzolino, of Groton, Mass., and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family will be having a private service in Bar Harbor and planning a celebration of life for Kevin’s family and friends in the summer of 2022. Condolences may be expressed at

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