Matthew Roy Gardner

June 24, 1986August 25, 2019
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Matt passed away peacefully in the gentle arms of his devoted wife, Eimear and loving mother, Kathleen Gardner, after a courageous 19-month battle with Cancer. He was surrounded in his final weeks by his loving friends and family who will miss him dearly.

Matt grew up in Gainesville, Florida, where he enjoyed a fun-filled childhood, thanks to his amazing parents who he loved deeply. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2010, and moved to Washington State 3 years ago to pursue a career in Mechanical Robotics. It was in Seattle that he met his beautiful wife, Eimear, who he admired with all his heart. They lived life to the full, enjoyed travelling, camping and dining. This continued even after his terminal diagnosis. Matthew will be remembered for his beautiful smile, huge bravery and eternal love for the Florida Gators.

Matthew is survived and greatly missed by his adoring wife, Eimear, his loving mother, Kathleen, his late father, David Gardner, Grandparents, Parents In Law, Sisters and Brothers In Law, Niece, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and his wide circle of friends.

Matt’s family will be welcoming visitors to Matt and Eimear’s home on Monday 2nd September from 4pm until 8pm, where we will have a space for quiet reflection. His Funeral will be at 2pm in Butterworth Funeral Home, Queen Anne on Tuesday 3rd September.

In honor and memory of Matt, in lieu of flowers, those who wish to do so may make a donation to the Swedish Foundation

Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam.


  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service Tuesday, September 3, 2019
  • Reception Tuesday, September 3, 2019


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Howard Gardner

September 11, 2019

In a last but not least category, I would like to call attention to the outstanding assistance and help provided by Eimear's sister Nora and husband Gary to Matt during his valiant struggle against cancer. I believe that his strength, determination and endurance were bolstered by their exceptional support. They are to be commended for their perseverance.

William Bijesse

September 8, 2019

We have many favorite memories of Matty Roy. My favorite memories date back to my Christmas breaks from West Point when watching Matty open presents was a magical experience. He was such a happy baby and little boy. I remember one Christmas break when his mom and dad got him a tent along with a pile of presents. Matty and I were texting about those Christmas vacations together in his final days and I can still hear his precious laugh and Matty yelling “go..go...go Gators” whenever big Dave would prompt him :)
Aunt Judy remembers our visits as a married couple and how sweet Matt was about moving his pet snake “Slick” out of the room we were sleeping in. Matt was always the center of Kathy and Dave’s world and I know losing him was unfair and incredibly painful for everyone that loved him, but I know that in his time on Earth he was treasured from the moment he entered this world right up to the moment Eimear and Kathy had to say goodbye. That in itself is a blessing and I pray we remember how strong he was and how much joy he brought into this world. We always will.
Uncle Bill, Aunt Judy, cousins Charlie and Juliet

Nora O'Flaherty

September 7, 2019

Matt, as I have often told you, the day I met you was such a happy day. We had all the family antics packed into our first weekend meeting that any family should have. Joy, dancing, chatting, laughter, love and good craic! Being able to call you a brother in law was a huge privilege I will never forget. I loved how much you admired my amazing sister, who will adore you forever. I also loved getting to know all of your lovely family spread throughout the USA, especially your Mum, Grandma and, of course, your Gardner family who I came to know particularly well, and who I loved spending time with. Grandpa, your amazing aunts and uncles, cousins and their husbands and kiddies! Both you and they made me feel so welcome to the USA, and I really hope to continue to spend time with them and chat about you in times to come. You were such a big influence on my life. Truly inspiring and brave. Thank you for bringing out the best in all of your Seattle friends who went above and beyond to help you and Eimear in the toughest times. And thank you for bringing out the best in me. We all do, and will continue to miss you so much. Finally, thank you for being in my life and for letting me be a part of yours. You will forever be my partner in crime. Le grá, Nora xxxx

Janice Bijesse

September 7, 2019

What a loving, caring, beautiful young man with a smile that could light up the darkest of places!! You are loved more than you could ever imagine and serve as an inspiration for all of us. I don’t think I will ever complain about any minor ache or pain again after everything you went through. Love you very much and fly high with your dad and grandpa!!

Stephen Fooks

September 6, 2019

To Matt’s Mom - I just wanted to reach out and express my condolences and my fellowship in grief. We all saw Matt's light and the loss is unspeakable....
He is my best friend and the brother I always wanted. I don't know if he told you but we drove out to Seattle from Gainesville to see him a few weeks ago and it was a life changing trip. I regard my time with your son as an extreme privilege and it is the highest honor in my life to be called his friend.

Kendall Omlin

September 3, 2019

Our Dearest Matty Roy,
There isn't enough space here to share all of my favorite memories of you, but I will try to share a few! Growing up, we only got to see you a few times a year at most, since you lived in Florida and we were on the other side of the country. But we always loved seeing you because you were our closest cousin in age. I remember one time, when you came to visit, you told us that you had missed out on a class trip to Disney World because your teacher told you to stop laughing in class all of the time. But, you just couldn't stop laughing at the antics of the other kids! I remember feeling so sad for you, but you told me it was ok because you could go another time. Everything cracked you up and your laugh is one of the things I will miss most. You also knew how to roll with the punches more than anyone I've ever met. As adults, I loved getting to know you more once you moved to Seattle. We had such fun Sunday dinners and I know all of the kids kept that laugh going. Caleb told us he will miss you so much and he is just one of many. We will all miss your spirit and laugh every day. We love you Matty Roy, Rest in Peace and we will see you again one day. Love,
Cousins Kendall, Eric, Caleb, Ellie and Nora Omlin

Diego Trujillo

September 3, 2019

My dear brother Matty, was an a exceptional person. I thank God for having you in my life... I will never forget all the time we spend together road biking in Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail... I will never forget endless days shooting all the guns we can fit in your old ford ranger pick-up truck ... I will never forget our endless conversations we had.... I will never forget our trips to Miami with your mom going deep water fishing... I will never forget getting ready with you for your wedding with caring and God send wife Eimear ... I will never forget our endless night studying at University of Florida...
You were a big influence in my life and i will cherish all of our memories together ... you were a great man because you come from a great family specially a loving mother Kathleen who I have great respect and admiration... I know God reunited you with your father in special place in Heaven ....

thank you for been my brother ...

With Love your brother

Diego A. Trujillo

Kathleen Fay

September 3, 2019


Just loved you so. Good memory of mine was when we were out visiting Grandpa, in the Tri-Cities I can't remember if Grandma was still alive. I took you to a spin class at Gold's gym, I just keep looking at you as I was sweating profusely and you didn't even break a sweat! ha Then I convinced you to go visit some wineries with me and we had some great laughs. It was fun when we both figured out we needed to get back to Seattle for the same time flight, but different airlines, so I rented a car and off we went. It was a great few days I got to spend with my nephew. You will always be in my heart.

Bruno & Ana Maciel

September 2, 2019

I remember the very first day when I met Matt, he was carrying a huge book, a biography of the Founding Fathers, a light read (according to him) for his downtime from the slopes during our ski trip. I noticed right away how well-read, intelligent, eloquent, kind and funny (already displaying his smile and contagious laugh) this young man was. And from spending time with him, which turned into everyday conversations and years of friendship, I can truly say how much our time together meant to me and what great joy he brought into the lives of everyone who knew him. May the endless memories bring comfort to his loving family, friends and admirers. Matt, you will forever be missed. Love, Bruno and Ana

Letizia Cordeschi

September 2, 2019

Matt, I met you the very first day I moved to Seattle and you became one of my closest friend. I was amble by your strength, and courage. Thank you for all the laughter and the memories, I will cherish them forever.
I will miss you greatly.
Love ( from your crazy Italian friend :) ) xxxxx