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Jefferson Township: Matthew Brian Fordney, 39, of Lake Hopatcong, NJ, passed away on November 19, 2023.
He was born on December 26, 1983, to Mary Fordney and Jonathan Fordney in York, Pennsylvania. He was the first Grandchild for both the Kearney and Fordney families. He has held a special place in our hearts since the day he was born. He was well loved and will be missed.
Matt attended Jefferson Township High School and went on to County College of Morris where he graduated with a degree in music. Matt’s passion for music was evident all his life. He auditioned for and participated in The New Jersey All State Choir. Marching Band and singing in various choirs took up much of his time during his high school days. He loved learning new beats, practicing with friends, playing the drums and listening to music of all kinds. His greatest joy was playing at gigs and music festivals. In earlier years he was active in Boy Scouts with his father. They also enjoyed boating on Lake Hopatcong. He was a voracious reader and collected many books. Nothing made Matt happier than watching Giants football (win or lose) while cooking some kind of meat wrapped in bacon. He enjoyed family vacations at the Outer Banks reconnecting with his family at the beach, especially with his cousins. One year he started a pirate theme, we were telling pirate jokes, saying “arrgh” and wearing eyepatches all week. Matt was outgoing, fun loving and could talk to anyone. He never met a stranger in his life.
Matt attended a Grateful Dead concert before he was born at City Island in Harrisburg, PA on June 22, 1983. The incessant beat of the awesome percussion could be felt. On more than one occasion Matt and I philosophically discussed whether this may have had anything to do with his excellence as a lifelong drummer. On one such occasion, in his typical fashion, he listened to my rambling but didn’t respond as he was humming and drumming away on the dashboard. I realized that he was playing his answer, drumming to one of the first songs of the concert, Feel Like a Stranger. I guess he knew all about it. Typical Matt.
Matt was the first child in both families. Growing up he was patient and caring with his younger sibling and was the same way with the younger Scouts in our Boy Scout Troop in Lake Hopatcong. Through the gruff exterior was a heart of gold. Matt was one of the kindest souls I have ever known. I know our families and his friends will miss him very much, with the fondest of memories.
Matt is preceded in death by his Grandmother Margaret Fordney, his Uncle, Matthew “Wax” Fordney and his cousin and friend Daniel Kruck.
Matt is survived by his mother, Mary Fordney and his Father Jonathan Fordney.
He is also survived by his sister and best friend Shannon Fordney, Austin Scheyer and their children Avery Scheyer and Graham Scheyer.
Matt’s surviving Grandparents are Brian Kearney, Sally Kearney and William Fordney.
Matt’s surviving Aunts and Uncles are as follows; Brian Kearney (Debbie), Kate Geiger (Bill), Kevin Kearney, Patricia Kruck (Jeff), Maureen Stalker (Paul), Colleen Snyder (Chuck), Mark Fordney (Beth), David Fordney (Julie), Peggy Fordney.
His Surviving cousins are Elizabeth Kruck, Sarah Geiger, Bethany Geiger, Brenna Fisher, Noah Fordney, Emma Fordney, Kelly Kreulen, Charlie Kreulen, Nicholas Fordney, Monica Fordney, Will Snyder (Emily) and their children Enli Snyder and Orin Snyder.
We will gather at Bermingham Funeral Home on December 2, 2023 From 3-5 to remember Matt. Please come to share memories and Photos of Matt as we all grieve his loss together. Rest in Peace.
We all love you Matthew!!