Matthew Paul Poppel

May 31, 1959March 24, 2021

Matthew (Matt) P. Poppel, 61, of Boston, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 after suffering a medical emergency in a one-vehicle accident the previous week. He is survived by his mother, Roberta Carol of Marlborough, Massachusetts and his loving partner, Stephanie Kiefer, with whom he resided. Matt is also survived by his father, Norman Poppel, of Flemington, New Jersey; a sister, Julia Bell and husband James, of Flemington, New Jersey; a half-brother Neil Poppel, of Delray Beach, Florida; his aunts, Mary Theresa (Terry) Mercer of Toms River, New Jersey and Julia Lohner, of Avon, Connecticut; a niece, Kimberly Bell; and nephew Bryan Bell and wife, Jill; together with a number of cousins. Matt also leaves behind his former partner, Christa von der Luft, of Boston, Massachusetts. He is predeceased by his brother, Adam David Poppel, formerly of Flemington, New Jersey. In addition to family, Matt leaves behind a wealth of lifelong friends, colleagues and neighbors, and his best (four-legged) friend, Harry, all of whom have been touched by his overwhelming compassion, humor, intelligence and generosity. He will be profoundly missed by all who knew him. Matt was born May 31, 1959, Rahway, New Jersey and initially moved to the Boston area in the late 1970s, where he graduated from Boston University, magna cum laude, in 1980. Upon graduation, Matt moved to Washington D.C., where he worked as a legislative assistant for the Hon. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), who was then serving on the Judiciary Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his tenure on the Hill, Matt also attended law school at Georgetown University Law Center, from which he received his Juris Doctor in 1984, magna cum laude. He returned to the Boston area in 1984, where he practiced law at Nutter, McClennen & Fish in the litigation department until 1993, when he opened his own practice in downtown Boston. Since that time, Matt has continued his legal career specializing in commercial, business and employment disputes at the Law Office of Matthew Poppel, on the Boston waterfront. In addition to his professional life, Matt was an outdoor enthusiast, having spent many years windsurfing on the Cape and at various other international windsurfing destinations, as well as cycling. On the bike, Matt loved nothing more than the challenge of a good hard climb. In addition to outdoor endeavors, Matt was a devoted yogi and helped bring many friends into the practice and mindfulness of the yoga practice. In the recent past, Matt’s greatest joy was that of spending time with his mother, Roberta, who had moved to Massachusetts in 2020, and striving to ensure that her later years were filled with warmth, love, laughter, adventures and happiness. Friends may pay respects to Matt on Saturday, April 3, 2021, on the south lawn of the Lewis Wharf building, 28 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, from 3-5 p.m. A full memorial service will be scheduled in the coming months when family and friends may gather to fully celebrate his life without concerns of COVID transmission. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly Boston Chapter, a network of non-profit volunteer-based organization committed to relieving isolation among the elderly and providing friendship and celebration of life to elderly persons, to support Matt’s passion for ensuring that older generations should always know love and friendship. J.S. Waterman-Langone Chapel, 580 Commercial St., Boston, MA 02109 is entrusted with his arrangements. For more information or to leave an online condolence, please visit



  • Time of Gathering

    Saturday, April 3, 2021


  • A full memorial service will be scheduled in the coming months when family and friends may gather to fully celebrate his life without concerns of COVID transmission.


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Mark Avon & Kristine Costello-Avron

April 14, 2021

We are saddened to learn of Matt’s passing. We send our heartfelt condolences to Stephanie, Matt’s family, and his friends. You will all be in our thoughts & prayers.

Eric Kelly

April 5, 2021

We were heartbroken to hear of Matt's passing. He was our family's lawyer who helped us get through very difficult legal proceedings when our brother passed away. His calm demeanor and empathy did not go unnoticed. He was a big reason our family was able to start to heal. Our condolences go out to his family.

The Kelly Family

Paul Keating

April 4, 2021

I will miss my friend Matt. I would see him walking his Harry as I walked my dog Harry. We talked and laughed.

Matt was a fighter and a good man. My world is a bit lonely right now with his passing. He helped me when I was down and almost out and I will never forget his kindness. I will do my best to pass on to others what Matt do freely passed on to me.

I love you and miss you my friend.

Catherine Rosenstock

April 3, 2021

My family is a recent client of Matt's. We, I, are so saddened by his death. Matt was a remarkable human in so many ways -- his commitment to excellence in everything he did, his intuition and compassion, and his wonderful humor at the ironies of life. Matt will be missed so very much. We send our sincere condolences to Stephanie and to his family.

Michael Chinitz

April 2, 2021

I met Matt at Nutter in 1988. He was one of my early mentors. We remained friends over the years. Matt was a great person. He was very caring, thoughtful, super passionate about his job, fun loving, funny and smart. Although long time periods would pass without contact, when we spoke it was if we were back together in the office working together. I miss him very much. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.

Nikki Shults

March 31, 2021

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Matt Poppel. We are humbled and grateful for his belief in our mission to relieve isolation and loneliness among the elderly. May your memories be a source of peace for you all.

Nikki, Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly

Judi Berry

March 30, 2021

What a great funny guy - with a big heart. I am so glad I met you. You had a way of always making others smile. You will be missed. 💔Rest In Peace. ❤️

Cheryl Moran

March 29, 2021

Rest In Peace Matt you will be surely missed..

Krystyne Lewis

March 29, 2021

One of the nicest, kindest, funniest, and most generous people I've ever known. Working with you was the best. There was never a dull moment, and the karaoke? Lol! Suspicious Minds...
I'll always be grateful to you for introducing me to the most beautiful place on earth, the Outer Banks.
You will truly be missed my old friend....give my regards to the King....