Matthew Joseph Riccardi death, obituary: Matthew Riccardi Mountain Lakes passed away from SCA Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the age of 19.
Matt, born in Morristown NJ and raised in Mountain Lakes, was a gift from God and his accomplishments and acts of kindness/compassion made the world a better place.
His passing is a true tragedy of immeasurable proportions.
Matthew Joseph Riccardi death, obituary: Matthew Riccardi Mountain Lakes
Matthew’s life will be honoured with a visitation at the Codey & Mackey Funeral Home, 107 Essex Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005 on Friday, October 25th from 4-8 pm.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Catherine of Siena R.C. Church, 10 N. Pocono Road, Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046 on Saturday, October 26th at 9:00 am.
The interment will be private.
A Memorial Service at Mountain Lakes High School and the University of Chicago is being planned and will be announced.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Mountain Lakes Volunteer Fire Department / Matthew Riccardi Scholarship Fund, 400 Boulevard, Mt. Lakes, NJ 07046.
Visitation at Funeral Home
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, October 25, 2019
Codey & Mackey Funeral Home
107 Essex Avenue
Boonton, New Jersey, United States
Matt spent the early years of his childhood actively involved in various sports and other community activities. These included MLBTB Soccer, Greyhawks Football and the Mountain Lakes Sailing Club.
In high school, Matt was recognized as a leader by his peers and served in student government throughout his four years. He was elected Student Body President.
Matt was consistently viewed by his teachers as being among the most intelligent students ever to attend Mountain Lakes High School, and he flourished in the most challenging courses offered in the curriculum. As a result, Matt received numerous academic awards throughout high school.
Notwithstanding this, Matt was always most proud of being an annual recipient of the award “Thanks for being you”. This award is given to students who make the quality of life at Mountain Lakes High School MLHS better for other students with their acts of kindness.
During this time Matt also served the community in the Mountain Lakes Junior Fire Department. Finally, Matt became a licensed fire fighter and a Senior member of the department.
Matt was a parishioner at St Catherine’s Church in Mountain Lakes. Matt served in the Music Ministry and was a member of the church choir.
Towards the end of his tenure in high school, Matt was accepted by the University of Chicago and was named a “Dean’s Scholar”. This award provided him with a scholarship along with a stipend for independent research.
While at UChicago, Matt challenged himself by taking the most rigorous curriculum offered and maintained a GPA of 3.9.
Matt was an active member of the Catholic Community (Calvert House) and recently served as an Orientation Week counselor to assist new students adjusting to college life.
Please say a prayer for Matt’s grieving parents, Joseph and Gretchen, his devoted siblings, Michael and Jessica, grandfather Joseph and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
May his soul rest in perfect peace.