OBITUARY

Matthew R. Belaus

March 16, 1961January 30, 2021

Matthew entered into eternal life at his home in Dunedin, Florida on January 30, 2021 surrounded by his loving family, wife, Lisa, son, Timothy and his wife, Andrea of Fresh Meadows, New York, son, Jonathon and his girlfriend, Margaret Rakoczy of Denver, Colorado and daughter, Caitlin Carnevale of Mahwah, New Jersey. Matt was born on March 16, 1961 in New York City to Henry and Irene Belaus. He graduated from Andrew Warde High School in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1979. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut and his CPA license in 1983. He worked for Coopers and Lybrand and GTE in Stamford, Connecticut before moving to Dallas. Matt then returned to New York City to the newly formed Verizon Communications for several years before relocating to Randolph, New Jersey with Verizon Wireless. Matt enjoyed his annual trips with friends to various golf courses around the country. He was an avid skier and traveled with his two sons to some of the world’s finest mountains. Upon retirement, Matt traveled the world with his wife, visiting many countries throughout Europe and Asia always making friends along the way. He also traveled to 49 of the 50 states hitting many of the country’s national parks and beautiful landscapes. Matt was the ultimate host – no matter at his home or others, drinks were always full, food was hot and plenty and laughs were a guarantee. His number one priority was making sure that everyone was having a good time. As a die-hard NASCAR fan, Matt fervently followed the career of his favorite driver, Brad Keselowski, who recorded a personal message of encouragement for him during his difficult 5-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Matt is also survived by his mother, Irene Belaus of Lantana, Florida, his sister, Lucretia Duwel and husband, Edward of Williamsburg, Virginia, and brother, Gregory Belaus and husband, Mark Hatfield of Santa Clara, California in addition to many nieces and nephews. Matt is preceded in death by his father, Henry Belaus Sr. (2012), his brother, Henry Belaus Jr. (2019) and his grandparents, Louis and Mary Belaus and Vincent and Gabriella Zadrozny. A Celebration of life will be held at 3pm on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, 2853 Sunset Point Road. Clearwater, Florida 33759. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research at www.lustgarten.org. For those traveling, you may contact the Marriott where the family has rooms blocked for your convenience. https://www.marriott.com/events/start.mi?id=1612290079876&key=GRP Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.SylvanAbbey.com The service will be live streamed with Zoom. See information below for login. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83771821154?pwd=OU9kekxhNitvZ0pwdy9MRDJmWjZOQT09 Also, the family request that you share photographs from the Celebration of Life to the link below: https://www.dropbox.com/request/E7x4gSA1lKBhGnUcsyxl

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, February 27, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, February 27, 2021

  • Reception

    Saturday, February 27, 2021

Memories

Matthew R. Belaus

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Luis Remie

February 27, 2021

Dear Lisa, Jon, Caitlin, Tim and family,

I’m deeply sorry for your incredible loss of this fantastic person that I had the pleasure to meet and work with. He helped us in so many ways and I consider him as one of my mentors.

Sending prayers and sincere condolences to all Matt’s family.
Love,
Luis Remie

Brenda Halligan

February 25, 2021

Dear Lisa, Tim, Jon, Caitlin and family,

We are truly sorry for your incredible loss of this spectacular spirit. Matt is a special soul who demonstrated infinite love, wisdom and generosity on so many levels. Matt was a wonderful brother-in-law and uncle who assisted our family with extraordinary support as evidenced by caring actions, humor and sound advice during critical times in our lives. We will always have special memories and love for Matt in our hearts.
Sending prayers with love and sincere condolences to all of Matt’s family and friends.
Love,
Brenda, Lisa, Sarah and Kevin Halligan

Dean Coclin

February 22, 2021

I was deeply saddened to hear of Matt’s passing. We became friends in high school where we sat next to each other in home room. We lost touch for a while until we discovered we both worked for GTE in the 90s and had kept in contact ever since. One time in high school, we were playing with a radio-controlled car when Matt accidentally turned around and smashed it with his foot. We laughed about that at every reunion. Matt was a big supporter of our class and its reunions and was always asking me how he could help those classmates in need. His extended his generosity with invitations to his home in Florida which I had planned to visit when Covid hit. My deepest sympathies to Lisa and his family. May his Memory be Eternal!

Georgean D;Agostino

February 11, 2021

Matt showed us how to live life with a sense of humor, adventure, generosity and humility. He was more than a cousin -a friend who I knew would aways be there for me. We shared many holidays, birthdays and any party that we could celebrate over the years with his Mom, Dad, Lucretia, HenryJR and Greg. Our family celebrations expanded with the addition of spouses and children. We had so many hilarious times during these parties that we laughed so hard we cried. He was a great God father to my son, Michael. He will aways be a tattoo on my heart. Love always, Georgean, Jim, Michael , and Gabrielle

Toni Robertson

February 5, 2021

Dear Tim,
Please let me pass along my sincere condolences on your father’s passing. I know it must be hard. Although I did not know him, I understand he was a lover of life , food and friendship. So it is clear who you were influenced by. He lived a short life but it seems like he lived a good life. The best you can do is to carry on his legacy and celebrate his life . Keep his love of food alive and strive to pass along by keeping it alive . Toni

Ian Bardsley

February 4, 2021

I worked with Matt in the late 1990’s when he oversaw the finances of GTE Enterprise Solutions in Vancouver, BC. Matt was a compassionate, supportive administrator, well-liked by all our staff. There were some difficult times to get through, but Matt made them lighter through his fun, genial nature.
We have stayed in touch since those interesting days and I reflect on our times together with great affection. Although we are very sad at his passing, the memories of our times together are a lasting legacy.
Our condolences to Matt’s family. He was always family centered and I’m sure you were a great comfort through the difficult times.

Ian & Barbara Bardsley

Elaine Pennella

February 3, 2021

I'm really speechless and heartbroken to hear of the passing of Matt.
We were friends of his and his wife Lisa while living in East Stroudsburg,Pa.
and as his obit read,he really knew how to entertain and make you feel at home!
May you Rest in Peace Matt,and to All whose lives you touched,you will never be forgotten.
My heartfelt condolences go out to Lisa and his family.

Jeff Foster

February 3, 2021

I have been friends with Matt for about 30 years. I could look at Matt's death as the extinguishing of a bright light when Matt exited on January 30. Instead I choose to believe that Matt's bright light will forever shine on through all of the lives he touched over the years. I am a better person for having Matt as a co-worker in Connecticut in 1990's and for a friend since then. I saw him embrace everyone he came in contact with over the years as he was first and foremost a "giver". Matt will always be in my heart and I know I will see him again one day for a round of golf and a drink at heaven's 19th hole.

Tamera Foster

February 3, 2021

There isn't a milestone moment in the Foster Family in the nearly 30 years of friendship with our beloved Matthew where Matthew wasn't there... He was the maker of fun, the get things done, cherish the moment, get down to business, have our backs at all times and refresher of ice (to know Matt is to appreciate his love of fresh and clear ice...lol). At times deep and reflective, always protective and when he loved his family and friends, he loved them big. He embraced this life with gusto, determination and let's not forgot, he was the organizer extraordinaire... I am so thankful that I got to circle the sun with him for as long as we did sharing life and raising our children... But I also acknowledge that no amount of time would have ever been enough... RIP dear man... Well done, Love... Very well done! Love to his beautiful wife, Lisa, Tim, Andrea, Jon and Caitlin and the rest of his dear family... His memory will always be a cherished blessing in our family!

Rita Greco

February 3, 2021

A cherished memory shared with Matt and Lisa.

FROM THE FAMILY