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Matthew “Matt” Davis, Jr.

Matthew “Matt” Davis, Jr., 55, formerly of Moosic and Duryea, passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2020 in Palm Harbor, Florida surrounded by his loving family. Matt battled his illness bravely for three years, never complaining.

Matthew was born on October 1, 1964 in Norristown, PA and was the son of Ann Marie Minchak Davis and the late Matthew “Buddy” Davis. He was a member of Espiritu Santo Catholic Church, Safety Harbor, FL.

Matt was a graduate of Scranton Prep, class of 1982 and graduated from the University of South Florida, Tampa in 1988. Upon graduation, he became a route salesman for Stroehmann’s, Inc. where he was awarded outstanding salesman for two consecutive years. He eventually he retired from Pepsico, Inc.

Growing up, baseball was his favorite sport, which he excelled in through college. His dad, Buddy, was his favorite companion; the two traveled to many sporting venues. Matt was a loyal Penn State fan and while visiting his family frequently in the Clearwater area, he became a Tampa Bay Rays fan.

He brought much joy to many people with his wittiness and vast knowledge in any subject that confronted him. Matt would lend a helping hand to anyone, regardless of their status in life. Also, as a Bruce Springsteen fan, he attended many concerts, occasionally with his family.

In addition to his mother, Ann Marie, he is survived by his twin sister Mary Ellen and husband Bernie Skutack, brother Mark, Aunt Joan Minchak and aunt Mary Ann Lussi and her husband Louis Lussi, several cousins, and caring friends. We mustn’t forget Matt’s faithful companion, Tucker.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 10:30am at Church is Corpus Christi Parish, 605 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston with Msgn. John Sempa officiating. Friends may call for a walk-through visitation on Friday evening October 23, 2020 from 5:30-7:30 at Kiesinger Funeral Services, Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea. Interment will be held at St. Michael’s Byzantine Cemetery, Pittston. If attending the visitation or the mass please be mindful that masks and social distancing are mandatory, please use your discretion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Oct 21, 2020

I have had the privilege to have Matty and the Davis Family as very special people in my life, since I was 4 years old. Matty and I shared many good times, struggles, laughs and hopes for our futures. My thoughts are with his many friends who knew they could depend on Matty for anything he could do and the friends Matty always enjoyed making laugh in his unique way. My prayers go out to his family who lost a caring nephew, brother and son. Rest in peace my brother and favorite left-handed first baseman.

Stan Plucinik Family.


Oct 20, 2020

Matt Davis family! I’m so sorry to hear of Mat’s passing ! He was a nice guy with a great smile always a hello and how are you doing! I knew him over the years from the old forge area ! He will be missed by many friends and family ! My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time ! RIP Matt! Annie Kania

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