Visitation at Main Service
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday, July 18, 2023
17 S. Delaware Ave.
Yardley, Pennsylvania, United States
Obituary of Matthew L. Marinelli
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Mathew Louis Marinelli, age 58 passed away on July 11, 2023, at Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell, NJ. He was born in Hempstead Hospital on Long Island. He grew up in North Babylon, New York where he excelled in several sports including wrestling, basketball, football, and gymnastics in junior high. He was a tremendous athlete focusing just on soccer his freshman year. He played soccer for North Babylon high school where he was selected for the Suffolk County All Star Team and received various sports and academic awards. He was offered a scholarship to Lafayette College to play soccer and post-graduation his 1986 and '87 teams were both inducted into the Lafayette Hall of Fame. Lafayette was and has been such an important part of his life where he made lifelong friends and met his future wife, Laurie. In his college days Matt was always the life of the party and at a fraternity party one evening his senior year he spotted a beautiful blonde and asked several people who she was. Laurie was a freshman and after chatting that evening Matt, never one to have a lack of confidence, told Laurie he was going to marry her and their future after that was always together. They married in 1993 and after several jobs and a Master's in Business from Michigan State they planted their roots in Yardley, PA. Matt prided himself and conducted himself with honesty, integrity and hard work and instilled that in his children each and every day. He was a man that had no fear and always stepped up when nobody else would. Matt was always full of stories, pranks, super charismatic, never afraid to make fun of himself but with intelligence and wit he just loved to make others laugh. He had a larger-than-life personality and had the voice and presence to back that up. His family and friends knew him as a huge Dallas Cowboys fan, and he made it known in Eagles territory many times over just to get a reaction from the crowd. He loved cooking and watching the Food Network experimenting in the kitchen. He also adored his Bouvier's and was reminded of that love daily by the large tattoo on his bicep. Although cooking was his passion his entrepreneurial spirit motivated him to open a State Farm Agency in Yardley in 2014 and later Goosehead brokerage in 2020. The insurance business was his livelihood, but his children Izzy and Nick were his world. He never missed an opportunity to brag about both Izzy and Nick to anyone and everyone. He was so proud of his children, what they had accomplished and their bright futures. He spent all their younger years running from the football field, soccer fields, basketball, and volleyball courts, never missing a game if he didn't have to. Matt is survived by his wife Laurie of 30 years and his two children Izzy(20) and Nick(18) as well as his mother and father, Barbara, and Lou Marinelli of Rockville, Maryland. He is also survived by his sisters Celia Marinelli and her husband Roger of Frederick Maryland, Beth Marinelli and her husband Finn of Oslo, Norway and Laura Marinelli and her husband Nathan of Crownsville, Maryland. We will all miss Matt beyond words, his smile, his wit, and his one-of-a-kind presence in our lives. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at the FitzGerald Field, located directly next to the FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home 17 S. Delaware Ave. Yardley, PA 19067. Words of remembrance will begin at 5:30pm. In Lieu of flowers, anyone who wishes to honor Matt is requested to make a contribution to their favorite charity. ***If services are postponed due to rain, the rain date will be on Wednesday, July 19, 2023.***