It’s with great sadness that we hear of the passing of Max Matthews – the 🏀 game in heaven is going to be epic, Rick Bache will need a referee up there!  

Tributes have poured in for a ‘legendary’ retired Exeter teacher who taught hundreds of pupils in the city and has sadly passed away.

Max Matthews, a teacher for more than 40 years at Vincent Thompson Secondary School – now known as St Luke’s – died on Christmas Day aged 91

Max was, for many years, a highly respected basketball referee, Max qualified as a referee in 1950. He was a founder member of Exeter basketball club, and eventually stopped playing in 1974, and was a Committee member of the Exeter & District Basketball Association from its outset until 1996. He was well respected in the basketball fraternity, as a player, as a referee with a real feel for the game and within the Committee.

As recent as 2009, at the age of 83 Max attended the EDBA basketball cup finals to award the Ladies winners with the cup.

After retiring, leaving Vincent Thompson in a helicopter, Max continued to organise Devon schools football, and taught at a local language school and was a regular and much-loved visitor to the new St Luke’s Science and Sports College site.

Max had two children, Guy, 58, and Peter, 53, and two grandchildren, Daniel, 19, and Hannah, 17.

Around eight years ago he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and spent the last six years of his life in a care home in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, near his eldest son.

RIP Max and condolences from all at EDBA to his family and friends.

Funeral is 1.30pm, Friday 25th January at Exeter Crematorium.

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