Kaul Funeral Home


Matthew Daniel Potbury

December 31, 1969February 13, 2021

Matthew Daniel Potbury, age 51, was called back to God’s Kingdom suddenly on Saturday, February 13, 2021.

Matt was born to his faithful parents, Arthur and Meredith Potbury, on December 31, 1969, in Roseville, MI. He grew up in the city, graduating from Brablec High School in 1988, and married his high school sweetheart, Kathy (Williams) Potbury on October 2, 1993. He started work as a dispatcher at ADT in 1993, and later became an alarm technician there for both residential and business facilities. In 1997, Matt and Kathy had their first daughter, Katie Potbury. Their second daughter, Samantha Potbury, was born in 2000, and their third daughter, Matty Potbury, was born in 2004. She was creatively named after Matt, taking the female version of his name (Matty Danielle Potbury). Together, Matt and Kathy raised a happy and beautiful family, and Matt set his daughters up for nothing but success. He loved his wife, Kathy, more than anything in the world, and treated her with respect, kindness, and love for their entire 27-year marriage. Matt set a prime example of what kind of man his daughters should marry one day. Matt was the funniest and most memorable son, brother, husband and father that anyone could ask for. He loved goofing around, and in his younger days, he enjoyed hunting with his brother, Steven Potbury. After having children, Matt enjoyed playing video games, watching TV with his family, and grilling. He was a master of the grill, and his favorite part of it was watching others enjoy his cooking. Matt was survived by his loving family, which includes his wife, Kathy Potbury; his three daughters, Katie, Samantha and Matty Potbury; parents, Art and Meredith Potbury; sisters Susan (Chad) Tremell, Kathy (Joseph) Gladki and Amy (Trevor) Block; his brother, Stephen (Melissa) Potbury and he is survived by many nieces and nephews. Per Matt’s wishes, a cremation will take place at Kaul Funeral Home in Roseville, MI. He was not big on services, so a small, private memorial/ BBQ may take place in the spring or summer of 2021. Please share a memory with the family on Matt’s online guestbook.


  • Kathy Potbury, Wife
  • Katie Potbury, Daughter
  • Samantha Potbury, Daughter
  • Matty Potbury, Daughter
  • Art and Meredith Potbury, Parents
  • Susan (Chad) Tremell, Sister
  • Kathy (Joseph) Gladki, Sister
  • Amy (Trevor) Block, Sister
  • Stephen (Melissa) Potbury, Brother
  • And he is survived by many nieces and nephews.


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Matthew Daniel Potbury

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albert benoit

February 24, 2021

I remember when Matt was a dispatcher and talking to him to check on some signals I sent on an account I was working on then when ADT was closing the central station Matt came over to service he had alot of questions about the alarm systems didn't take him long to know how to install and service them .My prayers go out to his family Matt was a proud guy you will be missed my young colleague.

BeLinda Fatseas

February 18, 2021

Sending all my love and prayers. There are no words that one can say to take away your pain. Just know that we are all grieving with you and that you are all loved by many and just know that grief has no timeframe so take it easy on yourselves and do whatever you need to in order to get through each day. Kathy-you know my phone is always by my side and you or the girls can call or text me any day I don’t care the time I’m a good listener and you can have my shoulder whenever you need it. Gone to soon my friend. I’m so sorry.

Kathleen Scalf

February 18, 2021

Kathy, Katie, Samantha, and Matty, My deepest condolences to you all. I’m so sorry for such a tragic loss. I can tell what a wonder man Matt was by seeing all the love and joy you all had on your faces when you would talk about him. A proud wife and daughters he made from his short life but a lifetime of love and memories he left for you. If there is anything you need from us we are here for you. Much love and dearest sympathy to your family.
Love the Scalf’s

Katie Potbury

February 17, 2021

Oh Dad, where do I even start? For the short 23 years I have been on this earth, you have always been the funniest, most kind, wonderful dad I could have ever dreamed of having. I remember when I was little, you and Uncle Steve took me hunting, and you told me the trees could talk. You started whispering, and I thought it was a tree talking. Another time, we took 2 lawn chairs out to hunt, and fell asleep in them. When we woke up, two deer were standing about 20 yards away, watching us sleep. That was awesome. I’ll always remember the hunting trips. They were my earliest memories. And every year, we went to look at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve as a family, and this year Cameron got to come with us. Every day was an adventure with you. I wouldn’t be quite the woman I am today if it weren’t for you. You taught me how to stand up for myself. And you would take Bubba and I to karate classes weekly when we were little. I loved that you would sit and watch us learn, it made me happy and made me feel loved. You were the best dad in the world to us girls. I never thought in a million years that I would be writing your obituary at 23, and you age 51. Every time I look in the mirror, my heart breaks, because I look exactly like you... I thought I had 25+ years with you, but God wanted you to come Home. As much as I will miss you, I know that I will get to hug you again in His Kingdom one day. I love you so much, Dad. Save a lawn chair next to you for me in Heaven.

Lori McNaughton

February 17, 2021

If I counted correctly, Matt was cousin number 15 of 20 on my mom's side of the family. Since I was a few years older, Matt has always been a part of my life. Our families were very close so I have more memories than I could begin to share. I remember swimming in the pool at Matt's parent's house, birthday parties, family picnics, apple picking in the fall, camping and so much more. Now, with spouses and kids, we are over 60 cousins strong and I'm so thankful that we all continue to stay close and enjoy our times together whenever we can. Kathy...know that you are and will always be a part of our family. We love you and you are in our prayers.

Lannie Williams

February 17, 2021

I remember how much Matt got a kick out of watching how much trouble my brother Gary and I would get into growing up. We often talked about all that and got a good laugh out of it. But what I love most about Matt is how awesome of a husband he was to my sister and how outstanding of a father he was to my nieces. If you want to know what a role model looks like, look no further than Matthew Daniel Potbury. He was one of a kind with a heart of gold. He was quite the comedian too. But most importantly, he loved Jesus and was not shy to share his faith with anyone. Matt I know you are with Jesus now and He is taking great care of you. You will be terribly missed, never forgotten, and forever loved. We will see you again in eternity my brother.

Jason Ellenson

February 16, 2021

To the Potbury family, I send my condolences. Mat and I worked together at ADT for 16 years and many different places. He always made the day go by with his jovial attitude, jokes and conversations. He always had his family on his mind and in his heart. He spoke of his wife and girls all the time. Weather it was something funny one of the kids did or a prank he pulled on one of them, more often than not with a smirk or smile on his face. Matt you will truly be missed by everyone who you encountered, gone too soon brother. RIP !

Kirk Butka

February 16, 2021

I worked with Matt for many years at ADT. His sense of humor always had you smiling and it just brighten up your day. He was always talking about his wife and 3 girls and how proud of them he was. Matt was more than a co-worker he was my friend and he will be missed. Prayers to his family.

Nick Komlenovich

February 16, 2021

I met Matt my first day at ADT in 1995. We became fast friends. We worked on the same team, same manager for the better part of 25 plus years. Matt was a great man, quietly funny, generous, kind, and very caring to others. I met Kathy once but the way Matt talked about her and his daughters I feel like we have met 1000 times. I hope the family can find peace and celebrate Matt. He is worth celebrating. I will miss you every day my Friend. I love you brother.

Marie Chagnon

February 16, 2021

I remember the jokes he used to do with Matty. Katelynn would always show me pictures and posts from Matty of the funny things he did. Matty had just shared the beheading of pork chop with my daughter in Saturday afternoon. Matt was a wonderful person. Took such great care of his family. Katelynn always told such wonderful stories of the things he would do. He took care of my daughter like she was his own. Matt was a great example of a parent, partner and man.