Matthew James Somers
November 16, 1960 - February 17, 2024

Virginia Beach- Matthew J. Somers, 63, of Virginia Beach, VA died peacefully surrounded by his family and friends on Saturday, February 17, 2024. Matt will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, courage, and especially his fun-loving, optimistic personality.

Matt grew up the fifth of seven siblings in a loving, Irish family. Being born into a tribe of ready made friends made it easy for him to get along with almost anyone. He always saw the good in others and was ready to lend a helping hand or a warm embrace. After graduating from Princess Anne High School, he obtained his plumbing license and began working. Matt soon had many satisfied customers who were happy to recommend him to others. Matt was always sensitive to those who might be struggling financially and would sometimes complete a job with little mention of payment. Matt married Kristina Foster Somers and together had a son, Matthew.  Although their marriage ended in divorce, they remained friends and loving parents.

Matt’s son, Matthew, was always the center of his life and his very best friend. Matthew was a tremendous blessing to his dad, especially these last few years as Matt’s health declined. Matthew was Matt’s greatest joy and their bond was unique and unrivaled to all the bonds they might have shared with others.

Matt often hosted fun-filled family gatherings in his backyard where he enjoyed challenging his mom to a game of ping-pong and his son and nephews to a game of pool. The younger generation loved being with their Uncle Matt, who was always the life of the party. Surfing was also a favorite pastime and talent. Matt loved being outdoors and the ocean was his happy place.

Matt is survived by his son, Matthew K. Somers, of Virginia Beach; his siblings, Elizabeth Beldowski (Edmund), Martin Somers (Bonny), Helen Ryan (Pat), Michael Somers (Mary), Amy Richards (Neil), and John Somers (Stephanie). Matt also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews.

Matt was preceded in death by his father, Harold Michael Somers, and his mother, Marjorie Ann Merchant Somers.

A memorial celebration of life will be held for Matt at a later date, at the convenience of the family.

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  • Robert Jonas Posted February 21, 2024 5:30 pm

    God bless you Matt and your family. I’ll never forget our friendship in the ’80s

  • Greg Sawyer Posted February 21, 2024 7:52 pm

    Matt and I went to school together he was always one of the most friendly people to talk to. It’s been quite a few years since I last talked to Matt but he was always in a nice to talk to and always smiling.. My condolences to his family.

  • Melissa Bizub Posted February 22, 2024 12:20 am

    Dear Somers Family

    I have no words for the loss of Matt. He was a good guy who was loved by everyone. I’m so glad I had the privilege of knowing him back in my younger years. I will always remember him for his kindness and what a handsome man he sure was. God bless and prayers to you all. Lots of love. Melissa Bizub

  • Jackie Dottino Kittrell Posted February 22, 2024 9:15 am

    My greatest condolences to the family. Matt was always smiling and had a heart of gold. May the happy memories help you through this tough time. God bless and prayers to everyone. Jackie

  • Sandy Land Robertson Posted February 22, 2024 4:15 pm

    So sad to hear of Matt’s passing. He was such a fun person. Always had a kind word and a big smile. Heaven must have been missing an angels. Prayers for all of his family and friends in this time of mourning.

  • Kristina Somers Posted February 22, 2024 4:20 pm

    Dear Sweet Matt~ You just gave so much of your heart out to others~ there wasn’t enough to go around❤️
    Matt was such an amazing father to Matthew.
    I Love the Love they shared. Matt was always sharing a kind word with others and always ready to befriend someone down on their luck~
    I miss you dearly but will get through this as I know you are wrapped in Gods Heavenly Grace🙏❤️

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