Matthew G. LoNigro

matthew lonigro

With broken hearts, we sadly announce the sudden passing of Matthew Gerard LoNigro,
on May 10, 2023. He was only 51 years old. Matt was born in Rockville Centre, NY on July 1,
1971 to Richard and Priscilla. He graduated from Newfield High School in 1989 and later
attended St. Joseph’s College. Matt spent the majority of his career helping to build his family’s
company, Port Jefferson Sporting Goods. After selling Port Jeff Sports, he was currently
employed by BSN Sports.
Matthew is survived by his loving wife, Julia and his most precious children: Matthew Jr.
(20) and Abigail (16). He is also survived by his beloved parents, Richard and Priscilla LoNigro.
He will forever be remembered by his siblings: Rick LoNigro, Bobby LoNigro (Amy), Michael
LoNigro (Angel), Craig LoNigro (Kristin), Kevin LoNigro, Keira Kelly (Bob), Koren Hart (Tim), Paul
LoNigro (Donna), Shauna LoNigro Kerr (Rob), Brianne Cardaci (Nick), and he was a proud uncle
to many nieces and nephews, including his beautiful goddaughter, Brittni.
Throughout his life, Matt was involved in many organizations near and dear to his heart.
He was the current President of the Miller Place Athletic Booster Club while being a member of
the Hope House Ministries Advisory Board and the Hope House Golf Committee. He was also a
Board Member for the LICH Backpack Pirates and the Christmas Magic Organization.
An avid supporter of all youth sports, Matt’s true passion was coaching. He coached his
son’s youth lacrosse team in Miller Place and was a pee-wee soccer coach for St. Louis de
Montfort. He was also involved in girls lacrosse, coaching his son and daughter’s teams for
many years. Never wanting a child to miss an opportunity to play, he would often step up and
coach teams just to prevent them from having to fold. He became the PAL Director for Miller
Place Boys Lacrosse and later was named to the Board.
Matt was a loving son, brother, father and husband. He was a fiercely loyal friend, who
loved his family, friends and community deeply. We are all better people for knowing him and
are forever changed now that he is gone

In Lieu of flowers family requests donations can be made to Hope House Ministries


Visitation: May 15, 2023 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

Mass: May 16, 2023 10:00 am

St. Louis de Montfort R.C. Church
75 New York Avenue

Private Cremation:

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Memories Timeline


  1. candleThere are no words. We worked with Matt for over a decade. He was a special person. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

  2. candleso sorry for your loss, Matt was a great guy and the whole community is mourning with your family

  3. You will be missed by so many people. It’s an honor to have a cousin as wonderful as you.

  4. I meant Matt this year through my sister in law Diane. I was invited to go with her to the Easter egg hunt at Brianne’s house. We were in the kitchen all talking and I happened to be standing right next to Matt and all of a sudden he points to me and says “who is this “ it was hysterical. I was told he was a jokester and I could see why. So to his whole family I am so sorry for your loss may he rest in peace.

  5. I was Matt’s customer service rep at BSN. I only knew him for 3 months but from our first phone call we had an instant connection. I loved working with him. My heart and thoughts go out to his family! I’m so sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

  6. candleThe Betcher family is so very sorry to hear about your loss. Matt was such a wonderful guy with such a big heart. We pray for the family to get through this very difficult time. Rest In Peace Matt you will truly be missed.

  7. May they find eternal peace and may our cherished memories of our youth remain forever in our hearts.

  8. Too young , to soon my friend, rest in peace buddy, condolences to your family from doc Frank and the LaBarbera family

  9. We live just a couple of doors down from your family on Biscayne Drive I remember Matt he was such a nice child I’m so sorry for your loss My prayers go out to you and your family

  10. candleI am very sorry to hear about the passing of Matt. He was a very nice guy with a beautiful family. My condolences to the whole LoNigro family. May he be Raised to New Life.

  11. candleMy dad was Barry Einsidler who worked at Port Jeff Sports for many years. My dad loved Matt and the entire LoNigro Family. We are so sad to hear of the untimely passing of Matt and wish you all peace during such a sad time in all of your lives. Regards, Sarah, Amy, and Sandy Einsidler.

  12. Only knew Matt for a few years but felt like we knew him longer. We will definitely miss him. Condolences to all his family from all of us at Bear Creek Printing, LLC.

  13. We all loved you so much Matt our lives will never be the same….rest in eternal peace our friend and Uncle Matt …Until we meet again XOXO Love you the Poten family

  14. Thank you Matt for your friendship and support for our family. Heaven will never be the same with you and Vinny there together. Lol love you bro.

  15. candleI met Matt in 1999 and he was a really funny and really loyal friend. Words cannot express how much he will be missed. Goodbye my friend.

  16. candleMatt,

    You are a miracle.. .

    You will be missed dearly by your friends, family and community.

    Thank you for being a tremendous power of example.

    Love you brother.


  17. From the times we shared on the lacrosse field to the times and laughs there after. You will be truly missed by your friends, family, colleagues and ALL of those whose lives you’ve touched. Rest in peace Matt “ Butch”. 🙏💔

  18. There are no words to express how sorry our family is. We’ve never met a man who gave more of himself to his family, friends and community. Our thoughts prayers and love go out to Julia, Matt and Abby. We know you will be with them always and your presence felt forever. Rest Easy Matt.

  19. candleWe are so sorry for this tremendous loss Matt was truly one of the good guys he will be greatly missed! He was so good to our son Tommy always a friend & a fan he could have 50+Palasek 84 tshirts in a days notice. He was kind, generous friendly & a gentleman. Rest in peace Matt no doubt the angels & saints greeted you with open arms, you will live in paradise with Jesus & Mary a new angel to organize the heavenly teams!
    With love & friendship
    Cathy Tom & Palasek family

  20. We are very sorry for your loss. Matt will be missed. Always enjoyed visiting Port Jeff Sporting Goods…and Matt always made time for me. In my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
    Christian Raniszewski

  21. So sad to hear of Matt’s passing. Matt was always a good dude and it came as no surprise to see how many lives he’s touched. Sincere condolences to Paul and their family.

  22. candleButch

    You have been a best friend since HS, we can go months without talking but when we hooked up it was like we didn’t skip a beat. I remember many wonderful memories that will last a life time, sitting in the hallway and thinking of a mascot we didn’t have and till this day it stands (mad dogs) we made this up.
    the first varsity game when we had no uniforms, you and I went to port Jeff and printed them before our first game.
    Going tothe Hofstra lax games togethe, especially the Hobart game, I’m tearing up as Ii write this as it was a memory of our that we still talked about 35 years later,!
    your fight with Q, I stood behind you no matter what. “
    Old “faithful” You-were a beast with that stick. So much fun playing lax with you
    The indoor fight you started lol when mr Armstrong lost his rolex watch
    And most importantly, the work you put into Hope house ministries
    , I love my brother until we meet again, a piece of my heart will be missing without you

  23. Praying for grace and strength. Matt was a wonderful business partner and friend. The St John the Baptist football brotherhood mourns with you. Honoring him through Hope House is fitting since Matt’s smile and positive attitude spread hope to all the people around him. God bless him and may God watch over you all. – Coach Phil Alba, SJB football

  24. You have our deepest sympathies. Wishing you peace, comfort and lots of love at this time of sorrow. Our hearts go out to you and your family at this difficult time.

    Frank, Corien, Dominic and Sadie Bologna

  25. Prayers for Matt and the entire famly. He loved his family, speaking so often about them with love and pride.
    He was a great man and fiend to so many, inclding St. Anthony’s High School. He will be missed but his memory
    will last forever.
    Brother Robert Gabriel, O.S.F.

  26. A kind soul who will be truly missed here in the Miller Place, NY community.

    A special person who was taken too early but will be remembered by all!

    Your kind heart and dedication to the youth here in our community is an example as to what a true community leader he was!

  27. candleI was Matt’s CSR from April 2020 – May 2022. Immediately he became one of my top 4 favorite sales reps of all time. He seemed to call at the perfect time with his usual quick witted banter. I’d be stressed out and on the edge during busy season and his tone of voice and comments always brightened my day and calmed me down. When the opportunity came to switch departments, I told him since 2 of my favorite reps retired, I was considering switching and I wouldn’t be his CSR anymore. I said I’d stay on as his CSR if he’d retire soon. His response was he has a good 5-6 years left before he’d even consider lightening his workload. He enjoyed being a part of the sports programs and his kids were still active on sports teams but if it would make me happy to change departments, I needed to do it. He’d be okay. Over the last year, we stayed in contact. He’d call me to vent about how much he missed me and no CSR could ever do as well as I did and that I was his favorite CSR he’d ever had. He asked if I would take him back as a sales rep and I always told him, if he could convince management to let me have 1 sales rep, I’d take him. (He ultimately ended up with a with a CSR that I knew would take good care of him) I’m going to miss his random calls, his voice, trash talk, and words of wisdom. He loved his family and community so much. His untimely passing hit me hard and we’ve only had a work relationship the past 3 years. I can’t even fathom the profound loss the family and community are going thru. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I miss him already.

  28. candleDear Abby,
    Today and always, may loving memories bring you strength and comfort. With a heavy heart, I give my sincere condolences to you and your family.

  29. I worked with Matt at BSN. I was the buyer that helped place all of his custom lacrosse uniforms. He was a pleasure to work with and will truly be missed. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends!

  30. candleOur heartfelt sympathy and sincerest condolences to the entire LoNigro family, especially Julia, Matthew and Abby. There are no words to express how sorry we are to hear of Matt’s untimely passing. He was kind and generous to a fault, who gave more of himself to his family, friends, and community. He touched so many lives along the way and we’re all better people for knowing him.

    Rest in peace Matt, you will missed.

  31. candleThere are some that bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone, the light remains…
    May you know God’s grace during this extremely difficult time. Prayers lifting you all.
    Richard and Gina Rose

  32. Praying for the LoNigro family as they struggle with the loss of their beloved Matthew. May our heavenly Father bless them with comfort, peace and joy in the memories they share.
    Jim and Pat Howley

  33. I am so very sorry for your loss…I am sending special prayers 🙏❤️,your way.

  34. Our love and prayers are extended to all the LoNigros as they deal with the loss of a loving , caring person who reflected their devotion to family and community. May God grant you peace and comfort.

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