Matthew Ryan Kearney

(1987 - 2018)

It was impossible to stay angry with Matt. He’d bat his pretty blue eyes and laughter would ensue. He was the family funny man, a charmer, and a flirt. Music was in his bones; Matt played guitar and piano and sang without ever having a lesson. Acting also came as a natural talent, perhaps from watching his favorite actors, Rodney Dangerfield, Chris Farley, Adam Sandler and Jim Carey. He’d memorized every line from every movie; when he watched his favorite scenes he’d beat the actors to the punch. And he was the consummate acting professional: once, while in a play with his step dad, Matt never broke character for a second when his dad’s wig shifted and he lost a sandal. He also kept busy with his own business, MATT A MAN, doing handy man services.

He is survived by his mother, Chyrll Kosel; his daughter, Alexa (Lexi); a brother, Nathan Kosel; sisters, Heather Kearney, Megan Sheppard, and Maryssa Kearney; a grandfather, Donald Feldman; many aunts and uncles; 8 nieces and nephews; many cousins; his God parents, Andrew Feldman and Stacey Milligan; and his God-daughter, Savannah. He was pre-deceased by his father, Gerald Kearney, Jr. and step-dad, Tom Kosel.

Come celebrate 31 great years Monday, November 19 at The Lord’s Vineyard, 190 Lambs Rd, Sewell from 10 am with a service at 11 am. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Williamstown.

23 thoughts on “Matthew Ryan Kearney

  1. Kathleen Kearney

    I’m not sure if Matthew ever truly knew just how much I loved and adured him, I’m broken from the soul on out over losing him. Matthew, I love you to the moon and beyond.
    Love,
    Aunt Kate

  2. Megan Kearney-Sheppard

    I love you Matt I can’t believe this is even real RIP to the bestest brother a girl could have.. I promise to be the best Godmother to Lexi as you were the best Godfather to Savannah ❤️????

    Your sissy
    Meggie
    #beardsweird

  3. Megan Kearney-Sheppard

    I love you Matt I can’t believe this is even real RIP to the bestest brother a girl could have.. I promise to be the best Godmother to Lexi as you were the best Godfather to Savannah ❤️????

    Your sissy
    Meggie
    #beardsweird

  4. Maryssa Kearney

    To my big brother,

    I will miss you for the rest of my life. You were the best uncle to my boys and the best big brother. You will always be in my heart. You’re at peace. I love you more than words. Thank you for making life bright for everyone who knew you. Until we meet again.

    - Your little sister “Missy”, “Miss”, Ryssa.

  5. Heather kearney

    My baby brother,
    Matthew was the most kind hearted loving person i ever had the pleasure to know. His smile lit up a room and his laughter was infectious. He loved telling you the same 20 jokes over and over and checking your face to make sure your laughing. He knew exactly what to say and do when i was sad. So now what do i do now that i feel the saddest i ever have in my life and your not here to make me feel better? Since you left us i have been replaying all of the best and worst memories i share with you and i cant stop the tears. I miss you more than i ever i thought i could ever miss anyone. I love you matthew more than you ever knew. Until we meet again.
    Your big sister
    Heather ????

  6. Stacey milligan

    How do we say goodbye to someone we loved and adored so much? How do we say goodbye to someone who made us laugh until we cried? How do we say goodbye to someone who had so much life left to live, so many dreams yet to fulfill. How do we say goodbye to the blue eyed boy that held our hearts in his hand from the moment he was born? I really can’t. So I will say; I will think of you often, My “Matt the cat” my “Matt a man”. I will laugh at all the fond memories we shared, I will cry for all the things we won’t get to do now, I will Try to understand “why”? But I won’t say goodbye. I will say I love you with all my heart Godson, and I’ll miss you until we meet again……………????

  7. Stacey milligan

    How do we say goodbye to someone we loved and adored so much? How do we say goodbye to someone who made us laugh until we cried? How do we say goodbye to someone who had so much life left to live, so many dreams yet to fulfill. How do we say goodbye to the blue eyed boy that held our hearts in his hand from the moment he was born? I really can’t. So I will say; I will think of you often, My “Matt the cat” my “Matt a man”. I will laugh at all the fond memories we shared, I will cry for all the things we won’t get to do now, I will Try to understand “why”? But I won’t say goodbye. I will say I love you with all my heart Godson, and I’ll miss you until we meet again……………????

  8. Joseph kearney

    Matt, it’s so hard to breath knowing I won’t see you again. I will miss all the talks and cries we shared, I’m greatful for the time GOD gave us but it sucks there is just never enough time on this earth to say i love you… your life meant so much to sooo many people and we were all blessed and lived a better life bc you loved us… so with a Harvey and broken heart I say Until WE MEET AGAIN!!!!!

    I LOVE YOU, UNCLE JOE

  9. David Feldman sr

    I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Matt. He came to visit me in the hospital and he always seemed to cheer me up. His soft words of kindness to cheer me up. Cracking jokes making me laugh and smile. We both had our one liners, which we were quick to see who would say them first. Even though he was struggling, he quickly cheered me up. I always tried to talk to him and help him but I’m wasn’t able too. If I learned anything about Matt, it’s how to keep on Smileing. So i’m gonna Pray and celebrate Matt’s life with laughter and kindness to all. Because I believe that’s what he would have me to do so smile and laugh for Matt.

  10. Alicia Dobson-Sparks

    My heart was instantly saddened to hear of your passing. When I had no one, your family stepped in and let me move into their home, for much of my senior year of high school. I’m so glad I had a chance to know you. Such a talented, thoughtful, smart young man taken way to soon. May you be at peace now my brother. ♡

  11. Cherish Cullers

    Matthew, one of my cousins who was an amazing friend to me, the little brother I looked after growing up. Playing dress up with his sister’s, Heather, Meggie & Ryssa will remain a funny memory. Heather & I would dress him up & make him look like a girl but he was all fun & games & stayed laughing the whole time. I’ll never forget the first time I heard him sing. He was in the shower at Aunt Chyrll’s & I said “wow is that Matt” ..Heather said, yep! Wow was he talented in so many ways. He was an amazing father, son, brother, friend & so much more. I will think of him daily & he will be forever in my heart, in his own special place there. I love & miss you, cuz. I’m grateful for coming home from FL when I did to have shared our last memories together.
    Until we meet again, your soul is beautiful flying thru the winds ???? -Cherish “cherry bomb” “cher bear” as you pronounced my name when you were little, “cherch”

  12. Carolyn Feldman

    Matthew Ryan how I will miss your blue eyes, infectious smile, jokes that made me laugh & all the movie lines you picked up instantly & you had a music talent in guitar & piano & singing songs that we all enjoyed listening to you perform. I was glad to be there for you & I could never be mad at you because I loved you so much Matthew. Ever since you were small til now you always were my ❤️ As a 2nd son, until we meet again Matthew Ryan❤️I Love you forever nephew Aunt Carolyn❤️

  13. Kate Adkins

    Matt was truly a good guy. He lit up the room when he walked in. He had jokes, quotes, and had the gift of gab.. No one could hate matt kearney. He was too sweet, too thoughtful, and always made everyone smile. He didnt have a mean bone in his body. He made everyone feel comfortable, and did his best to make sure you were okay. Im truly blessed to say, i knew matt, and so glad i got to see him one last time. I know he is truly free now, no more worries, no more sadness, he has left a mark on us all. We will be forever sad, wishing there was something we could have done. But i have solitude knowing hes okay now, hes safe. Ill think of the fond memories weve had and go forward, smiling, in his memory. xoxo matt. rest easy now.

  14. Bernice Enright Dean

    Dear niece Cheryl , and kids and brother Don and all of Matt family , I am so sorry for your loss of your sweet son Matt , brother, grandson , nephew please know I will keep u all in my thoughts and prayers now and in the days ahead may god watch over all of you , love and hugs to all of yous ????love aunt Bernice ,Uncle Bud & families and the Enright brothers too ????

  15. Jeffrey Feldman

    Matthew I’m gonna miss the love we shared. Just last week I told you I would get you a guitar and you could stay here with us. We talked about the duet and passed my guitar back and forth. God had other plan’s. Even in your struggle your heart would always reach out too touch other’s. I’m going too miss you and your photographic memory for you’ll always be in my heart. Love Uncle Daddy Jeff

  16. Richie LoRusso

    Mathew you touched so many people and your love and kindness went further thank you could ever know. You will live on in our hearts forever. Your story will be told to help and inspire others and that is what will keep you alive for ever. May you be a rest and watch over all of your loved ones. RIP Mathew lots of Love .

  17. Skye Maria

    Matt. Sheesh it’s still hard to take this in… Matt I will miss our times together our long talks late night text… You where such talented and loving caring person would give your shirt off your back I am gonna miss you so much just don’t know I will always remember you and when my time comes hope see you again i love you matty Matt aka homie ????❤ rest easy ❤

  18. Deborah L. Feldman

    Matt you loved to make people laugh, even your cracky old Aunt Deb. I’m so glad together we got to see the Eagles win the Superbowl. I’ll never forget you dear nephew, love and miss you much. Till we meet again.

  19. Candice

    Still can’t believe this. The last 2 times I seen Matt, we had some heart felt conversations. Can’t believe this is real. Always trying to put a smile on everyone’s face. A lot of my earlier memories were with Matt. Rest in Peace Matt <3 guide your family though this difficult time.

  20. Bobbie sue pratt

    I’m so sorry to see you gone.but you are never gonna be forgotten. It was impossible to not smile around you.you alway put a smile on everyone’s face. I’m gonna miss you so much you were always such a good friend to me. We had a great connection that’s was to hard to explain.its so hard to believe this is real. Every time I think about it I ball my eyes out it’s hard to hold back tears as I write this to you.i love you Matt and I’m sorry I didn’t say it enough to you. I just hope you already knew. I know it didn’t work but it never changed anything. I will see you again one day. I’m haveimg. Hard time thinking this is true. I don’t wanna fave reality when it come to this. I love you Matt thank you for all the smiles and laugh you shared with not just me but for every person you ever came in contact with. You will definitely be a person that will never be forgotten. I said it once already but I’ll say it again I love you and I’ll miss you more then you’ll know.

  21. Kevin Whitehouse

    I can’t put into words how hurt I truly am over the loss of you. I know that there’s reasons for why things happen in life and I’m not going to question why God has made this decision to take you from us, but I do believe he needed you… Do me one last favor and put a good word in for me with the big man above lol. You will always be in my heart, right by my side through this journey of life. Please look over all of us my friend, my brother.

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