ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Matthew Smith Broderick, 32 years old, born on September 3, 1988, and passed away on February 15, 2021. We will remember him forever.

Do you have a photo of you and Matthew together?  Please take a moment to share your Matthew story(ies) - and photos, songs, and videos.  

Matthew always thanked me (his Momma) for having, what he thought was, the patience to love him and raise him (as if I'd have done anything else!) Matthew's ADHD and Tourette Syndrome challenged him and I.  Together, Matthew and I grew him up, as I learned how best to help my baby boy through the organization, National Alliance on Mental Illness.  In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting them.  Click here:  NAMI


Posted by Andrea Smith on February 27, 2021
I remember the day Matt was born and Donna (my daughter) was in the OR having a caesarian and her ex-husband couldn't handle being in there and he came out and they let me come in....I was there when he took his first breath! Being his Grandmother, they was such a joy! When they held him up for me to see, I was elated....my Grandson took his first breath and I was there! Then I got to watch him grow up...more joy!! 

Another memory was when Donna came to visit us in Evans, GA. She came with her boyfriend at the time...Dallas...and they all stayed about a week. I had kids camped all over the house. But, one night Matt was sitting out in our sunroom playing a game on his laptop...it got late...and I finally told him I was going to go to bed...everybody else had already done that...and I said Goodnight, Matt. The next morning I was the first one up...I poured myself a cup of coffee and went out in the sunroom to have a cigarette...and there sat Matt...in the exact same spot he was in when I went to bed!! I just looked at him and said "Matt?" He said "Hi, Nanny!" I said "have you been to bed?" He said "ummmm...nooooo?" and I just broke out laughing. He loved his gaming..that was awesome! We talked for awhile...just me and him...so cool! He will be soooo missed! Rest in Peace my awesome Grandson...you are with God now!
Posted by Christopher Danysh on February 24, 2021
I briefly attended college with Matthew at UHV. During that short time, I was able to spend many interesting moments with him while learning more about him and appreciating his humor. One moment stands out the most. He challenged a younger and ignorant me in a way that really shook me to my core. This was just a simple suggestion about how my thoughts are just as relevant as the action whether or not I'm acting - and this helped me overcome some really difficult years that followed in that I became more aware of how my thoughts fed negative realities. His bold challenge was meant as genuine heartfelt guidance since he was the oldest of my peers at that time. This stirring caused me to seriously seek a spiritual path. I had to reach out to him after a few years to express my deep appreciation. I was hoping to visit him again. Please accept condolences. May he rest in the perpetual light. His challenge urged me to find meaning to life, and just for that, I sincerely appreciate having had the opportunity to share in his existence.
Posted by Drina Caran on February 22, 2021
Dear Donna & Family,
This is such a beautiful tribute. Praying these wonderful memories help ease your sorrow during this most difficult time. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Please accept my most sincere condolences. 
Love & Hugs,
Drina
Posted by Rebekah Wilson on February 21, 2021
"I'm a co worker of Matthew Broderick I just found out the horrible news my condolences and prayers to you and his family he was more than a co worker he was and will always be my friend and will be truly missed the conversations that would always seem to go left or right field lol but when needed he would truly give an ear to listen without judgment thank you for the time that we had 4yrs. working with someone every nite you tend to get to know them especially 3rd shift rest easy brother you will be missed!!"
-Posted on FB by Mark Garcia and copied here (so we can have stories and tributes all in one place)
Posted by DEBORAH GRASSO on February 21, 2021
I remember Matthew as a really sweet boy, very loving with gorgeous red hair.
Posted by Izzy Ketchens on February 19, 2021
I only met Matthew once in person, but in that little time I could see how amazing of a person he was. He treated Kris with so much love and light and that's the only thing that mattered in my book. He was much loved and will be missed. Blessed be to the family.
Posted by Christine Allison on February 18, 2021
Donna – Thank you for sharing Matthew with the world. This is an amazing tribute where he will continue to live in your hearts through your stories and pictures. (BTW - My favorite is “The Smiths (Don't mess with us! 2016)” If there was a movie called the God Mother like the God Father, this would be the picture for the movie poster!!!!) I feel like I got to know Matthew through this memorial and what a fun guy! You were so lucky to have him as your son and he was just as lucky to have you as a Mom. Keep sharing the stories, Keep sharing the pictures, Keep talking about him and he will live on. May God’s newest angel named Matthew be with you always. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” – My deepest condolences to you and your family, Christine Allison
Posted by Angee Brooks on February 18, 2021
Matthew always made me laugh. He had such a wonderful and different way he viewed and understood things. A smile was always on his face. He was even smiling when he battled a tree and lost. Glad I got to meet him and he's missed.
Posted by Jason Shankle on February 18, 2021
I didn't know Matthew for a very long time, but in the short time I did know him he made a huge impact on me and I loved him like my own family. He will be missed. I love you man.
Posted by Kristin Holland on February 18, 2021
Matthew was the best person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, and loving. He will never be replaced, as he was one of kind, and will forever be missed. There is a hole now in all of us where he used to be, and I just hope everyone can find the strength to go on. I love you all, now and always.

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Posted by Andrea Smith on February 27, 2021
I remember the day Matt was born and Donna (my daughter) was in the OR having a caesarian and her ex-husband couldn't handle being in there and he came out and they let me come in....I was there when he took his first breath! Being his Grandmother, they was such a joy! When they held him up for me to see, I was elated....my Grandson took his first breath and I was there! Then I got to watch him grow up...more joy!! 

Another memory was when Donna came to visit us in Evans, GA. She came with her boyfriend at the time...Dallas...and they all stayed about a week. I had kids camped all over the house. But, one night Matt was sitting out in our sunroom playing a game on his laptop...it got late...and I finally told him I was going to go to bed...everybody else had already done that...and I said Goodnight, Matt. The next morning I was the first one up...I poured myself a cup of coffee and went out in the sunroom to have a cigarette...and there sat Matt...in the exact same spot he was in when I went to bed!! I just looked at him and said "Matt?" He said "Hi, Nanny!" I said "have you been to bed?" He said "ummmm...nooooo?" and I just broke out laughing. He loved his gaming..that was awesome! We talked for awhile...just me and him...so cool! He will be soooo missed! Rest in Peace my awesome Grandson...you are with God now!
Posted by Christopher Danysh on February 24, 2021
I briefly attended college with Matthew at UHV. During that short time, I was able to spend many interesting moments with him while learning more about him and appreciating his humor. One moment stands out the most. He challenged a younger and ignorant me in a way that really shook me to my core. This was just a simple suggestion about how my thoughts are just as relevant as the action whether or not I'm acting - and this helped me overcome some really difficult years that followed in that I became more aware of how my thoughts fed negative realities. His bold challenge was meant as genuine heartfelt guidance since he was the oldest of my peers at that time. This stirring caused me to seriously seek a spiritual path. I had to reach out to him after a few years to express my deep appreciation. I was hoping to visit him again. Please accept condolences. May he rest in the perpetual light. His challenge urged me to find meaning to life, and just for that, I sincerely appreciate having had the opportunity to share in his existence.
Posted by Drina Caran on February 22, 2021
Dear Donna & Family,
This is such a beautiful tribute. Praying these wonderful memories help ease your sorrow during this most difficult time. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Please accept my most sincere condolences. 
Love & Hugs,
Drina
his Life

Necessary

Sometime after Matthew started talking, between the age of 2 and 3, he and I were unloading the dishwasher one day.  The Tupperware cupboard was for Joshua and Matthew to play in and I always made sure they could put those dishes away.  I couldn't tell you what I did, but this tiny little face, with his little boy voice, looked up and said to me, "Is that really necessary?"

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Action Film Siblings

Shared by Hannah Smith on February 23, 2021
I remember when this photo was taken like it was taken yesterday, (and I wish it was because that would mean Matt is still here). We were taking our family photos at some place at Memorial City Mall, and much like the usual Matt, he arrived last out of all of us. I don't know if the photo is posted on here yet, but this was the family photoshoot where we looked like we just walked off the set of one of the Godfather movies. Since Matt was always the one to arrive fashionably late to every family event, we all highly anticipated his arrival, but I like to think that I anticipated it more than anyone else because anytime I got to see Matt was like waking up on Christmas day, it always got me so excited. I remember on this day, we were all sitting inside the little photo studio, waiting for a text from Matt that he was there, and when we got the message that he was close, I was the first one to dart out of my seat and book it out to him. He wasn't even right outside the studio, he was at the other end of the main mall hallway (practically), but I still ran all the way to him and gave him a big hug, like I always did, and like I always did too, I almost made him spill whatever drink it was that he was carrying. This photo shows us walking back to the studio together, looking like the bad bitches we are, almost like there should be a Michael Bay explosion behind us or something. I like to think that Matt and I are much like Team Rocket: prepare for trouble and make it double!

Favorite

Shared by Rebekah Wilson on February 21, 2021
We have this running joke in my family (at least among us kids). Who is mom's favorite kid? I won't go into the reasons behind why we thought each kid was the favorite, its much too personal. But it was a constant joke. "Oh, of course she answers when MATT calls. He's the favorite." To which my mom would say, "Stop it!" I'm pretty sure she hates this joke but it will absolutely live on. Sorry, not sorry, Mom.

Walking me down the aisle

Shared by Rebekah Wilson on February 21, 2021
You might notice that Matt and Josh walked both my mom and me doing the aisle at my wedding. While planning my wedding, I tried to think of who I wanted to walk me down the aisle. Josh or Matt, Josh or Matt. I thought maybe Josh, and Matt could walk Mom. Or the reverse. I couldn't decide. I never feel right about picking one sibling over another. This is something that my mom definitely instilled in us. She loves us all equally, and I think, all us kids are the same way. No favorites (though there's a story there, too). 
SO. I picked both Matt and Josh. It was quite funny on the wedding day. Matt and Josh walked my mom down the aisle, then ran back to me (which was quite a ways away, should be able to see this in other pictures) and walked be down the aisle. It was awesome.