2010-05-12 / Obituaries

Matthew Shipman

Matthew Shipman died peacefully on May 8, 2010, following a massive stroke, surrounded by his extended family who adored him and whom he adored.

A resident of New York City and Garrison, Matthew was born in 1938 in Brooklyn and raised in Long Island, beginning his lifelong love of sailing and reading.

Matthew graduated from Woodmere Academy, Middlebury College, and the Thunderbird School. Following service in the U.S. Army, he worked on a Chilean freighter, jumping ship in Peru. He stayed in Peru for several years, farming in the Ayacucho Valley, publishing in Lima and editing the poetry review, Haravec.

Returning to New York City, in the early 1970s Matthew pursued his interests in startup ventures and local politics, and later in real estate and land preservation in the Hudson Valley. Known as a raconteur and for his infectious joie de vivre, Matthew will always be treasured for his sense of adventure, mastery of sailing, and love of the sea, poetry, and prose, but most of all his acts of generosity and kindness.

Matthew is survived by his beloved wife Susan Mackenzie; sons Christopher and Timothy; nephews Andrew and Peter and niece Nancy; sister Judith; and a host of other loving in-laws, nieces and grand nieces and nephews, and friends.

A celebration of his life will be held on May 29, 2010, at 2pm at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Route 9D, Garrison, followed by a community reception at 3pm at Garrison’s Landing.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Hudson Valley Land Trust, P.O. Box 226, Garrison, NY 10524, or the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, 1601 U.S. 9, Garrison, NY 10524-4406.

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