Matthew Rairdon Obituary, Death – Matthew Steven Rairdon was born on July 17, 1991, to his loving parents, Gary and Laurie Rairdon. Tragically, his life was taken from us on November 30, 2013, leaving behind a void in the hearts of his family and friends. Matthew was a remarkable individual, a devoted son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and cherished friend to many.
He graduated from Westbrook High School in 2009, where he made a significant impact on the school community. Matthew was actively involved in the Key Club and showcased his talent as an actor in the school’s drama program. His exceptional performance in the play “The Zen Substitute” earned him an award, highlighting his passion and skill on stage. Additionally, Matthew had a deep love for music, participating in the Boys Singers of Maine and continuing his musical journey with the Jazz ensemble.
During his high school years, Matthew faced a challenging health condition. He spent time in the Barbara Bush Hospital due to Osteomyelitis in his back. This experience influenced his decision to pursue a career in nursing, as he witnessed firsthand the compassionate care provided by healthcare professionals.
While pursuing his degree in the nursing program at St. Joseph’s College, Matthew worked tirelessly to support himself financially. He started working at Hannaford as soon as he turned 16, saving diligently to make a substantial deposit for his first year at St. Joe’s. His love for people blossomed during his time at the service desk, where he developed strong connections with his customers. Shortly after enrolling in college, Matthew applied to Mercy Hospital, where he became a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and eventually worked as an emergency room technician. The fast-paced environment of the emergency room captured his heart, and he considered his colleagues there as his second family.
Matthew’s memory will be forever cherished by his sister Erin of Gorham, his brother Nicholas and his wife Andrea of Windham, and his brother Andrew and his girlfriend Kim of Cumberland. He held a special place in his heart for his sisters, Chelsea, Hannah, and Kayla of Westbrook. Matthew was also deeply loved and will be dearly missed by his grandparents, Paul and Rena Rairdon of Westbrook and David and Joan Wescott of Windham. His closest friends, Brittany, Megan, and Rachel, will forever remember their bond and the incredible times they shared.
Matthew’s radiant spirit will continue to shine bright, even in the darkest moments. His legacy will live on, reminding us of the extraordinary person he was and the impact he made on those around him.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Westbrook High School Auditorium, followed by funeral services on Saturday at 11 a.m., also at the Westbrook High School Auditorium. Fr. Bob Vaillancourt will officiate the ceremony, and Matthew will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. Online condolences can be shared at blaisandhayfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been established in Matthew’s name. Contributions can be made to the Matthew Rairdon Scholarship Fund at Evergreen Credit Union, care of Pauline Campbell, 225 Riverside St., Portland, Maine 04103.
Matthew Steven Rairdon will be remembered as a beacon of light, forever shining in our hearts and guiding us through life’s challenges.