T. Matthew Donnelly, 74, passed away peacefully on January 7, 2014, at his home after a long illness, while under the devoted care of his wife, Karen, and Community Hospice of Saratoga.
Matt was born on October 8, 1939, as the only child of Thomas and
Mary (Conway) Donnelly in Port Leyden. Matt grew up and attended school in Rye.
Following high school, Matt attended Nichols Junior College before entering the
U.S. Army, in which he served three years. Upon
his honorable discharge, Matt attended Wanakena Ranger School prior to entering
the New York State Troopers, from where he retired after 29 years of service.
Following his retirement from the N.Y.S. Troopers Matt worked 16 years for AKAL
Security as a court security officer in the federal courts in Albany until ill
health forced his retirement in 2011.
In addition to Karen, his wife of 27 years, Matt is survived by his daughters, Jennifer (husband Douglas) and Megan (husband Alex) and a granddaughter, Daisy, all of whom he loved and missed dearly. Matt was also survived by stepchildren, Stacy (husband Chris) and Michael (wife Kelly); step-grandchildren, Mitchell, Gary, Dana, Logan and Paige; brother-in-law, Richard (wife Sandy) and step-niece, Lindsay.
Matt was further
survived by a special cousin, Leslie, and her family whom he cherished. In
addition to being predeceased by his parents, Matt was also predeceased by a
step-granddaughter, Ashley in 2004, and close childhood friend Mike Cronin in
In keeping with Matt's wishes, his body has been donated as an anatomical gift to Albany Medical College.
A memorial service will be planned in the
In honor of Matt's lifelong love of all animals, donations may be made to Purrfect Companions, 628 N. Pearl St., Menands, NY 12304 or to an animal rescue of one's choice.