Alan Wayne Mathews, 64, of Elizabeth, PA was born January 17, 1959 in Duquesne, PA. He was the beloved son to the late Lloyd T. Mathews and Betty Morris.
Alan graduated from Elizabeth Forward High School, Class of 76, and went on to study at Penn State University, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Hawaii, Hilo. He was the oldest of three siblings.
In his youth, Alan was an amateur figure skater alongside his sister Ellen. They competed along the East coast as members of the United States Figure Skating Association. After graduation, Alan turned professional and auditioned for the Ice Capades. He toured the United States and Canada for several years, and worked his way up to become lighting designer.
Alan spent many years living in Hilo, HI, where he pursued an active lifestyle that included scuba diving and spearfishing. He returned to Elizabeth and reconnected with his skating colleagues while working at several ice rinks in the area. Alan also assisted his mother and aunt in their activities with the Pittsburgh Council of Three Rivers Indian Center. Alan was a contract security guard at the West Mifflin location of Bombardier Transportation Holdings.
Alan departed this life on March 12, 2023 at Jefferson Hospital in Jefferson Hills, PA. He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Thurman Mathews, mother, Betty Frances Morris, and sister, Ellen LaRue Mathews.
Alan is survived by his sister, Elaine Cappiello, brother in-law Raymond, and his beloved nephews, Armond and Jude, all of Madison, CT.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.
March 18, 2023
Robert A. Waters Funeral Home, Inc.
2326 Jenny Lind Street
McKeesport, PA 15132
Originally published March 18, 2023.