Celebration of Life
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.