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Smith & Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville

4889 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA

OBITUARY

David Wilfred Matson

May 23, 1954December 28, 2019
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David W. Matson, 65, passed away on December 28, 2019. He was born in New York to the late Robert and Jessica Matson. David retired from the Virginia Beach Police Department after 23 years of dedicated service. He continued to work faithfully at RK Chevrolet and as a full time instructor of criminal justice at Bryant & Stratton College. He was a loving husband and a great father to his children and grandchildren and will be remembered for his selflessness and devout commitment to his family.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 24 years, Bernadette A. Matson; 5 sons, Eric D. Matson (Leslie), Andrew C. Matson, Christopher J. A. Dillon (Amber), Jack A. Matson, and Bob A. Matson; 2 daughters, Katie M. Scott (Bryan), and Samantha A. Matson; brother, Mark Matson (Ardith); sister, Deborah Restivo; and 4 grandchildren, Lily Ann Matson, Abigail Jane Matson, Ethan Downing Matson, and Caysee Rae Scott; and his loyal dog, Peggy. David was predeceased by his brother, Robert Matson.

The family will receive friends from 10-12:00 Noon, Saturday, January 4, 2020, at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel. You may offer condolences at www.smithandwilliamskempsville.com

  • FAMILY

  • Bernadette A. Matson, Wife
  • Robert Matson, Father
  • Jessica Matson, Mother
  • Eric D. Matson (Leslie), Son
  • Andrew C. Matson, Son
  • Christopher Dillon (Amber), Son
  • Jack Matson, Son
  • Bob Matson, Son
  • Katie Scott (Bryan), Daughter
  • Samantha Matson, Daughter
  • Mark Matson (Ardith), Brother
  • Deborah Restivo, Sister
  • Robert Matson, Brother
  • Lily Matson, Grandchild
  • Abigail Matson, Grandchild
  • Ethan Matson, Grandchild
  • Caysee Scott, Grandchild

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, January 4, 2020

Memories

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Jack Matson

January 13, 2020

Thinking of you Pops. I know you’re looking down smiling like Igor. Wish you were here.

Jesse Monroe

January 4, 2020

Thank you Dave, you are a bright spot in my time with The PD! I enjoyed working with you & getting to know you. You & your family are & will always be remembered. Rest in peace brother.

Jordan Wheeler

January 4, 2020

He was the best professor anyone could ever ask for. He always knew how to make people laugh and he could always tell when there was something me, or any other student was going through. He gave the best advice. He was like a father to me and he will always hold a place in my heart.

Katwanna Clark-Anderson

January 3, 2020

I would like to send my deepest condolence to the family of Professor David Matson. He and I were co-workers at Bryant & Stratton College, and this one day in particular he stopped by the front desk and we were having small talk and I was having a bad day and Mr. Matson must've sensed it because I didn't tell him that my morning had started off awful. But he said to me "Hey i'm about to run to Starbucks and asked if I wanted anything, and I said yes that would be great and reached in my wallet to give him the money to pay for my order, he said I can see that you're not having such a great day so this one is on me. He was such a nice person and I'll be praying for the family.

Erin Bunn

January 3, 2020

Dearest Bernie
My heart hurts for you and yours, as David’s loss is immeasurable. How many years have we been tied together? Our paths began with the training academy and continued throughout our VBPD experience. David became my confidant over those years and he earned my respect, my love and my devotion. I can’t describe my sorrow but I can share my gratitude to both of you for always remaining close as the years have gone by. I will carry his light in my heart as I move forward without him. As the world just became a little smaller and a little dimmer without his presence. Godspeed David. God’s grace Bernie.❤️

Wendy Matson-Wells

January 3, 2020

Bernadette, my very deepest condolence on this very special man. David was a excellent Dad, grandfather and will be greatly missed. Wendy Matson Wells

Steven Kennedy

January 2, 2020

Bernadette and family, my deepest condolences on your loss. I worked with Dave and he was a great guy, well liked by all. We lost contact after he retired although I did run in to him on several occasions over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dolores Downing

January 2, 2020

Bernadette and children, I am so sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of David and you when we worked together. I hope that the wonderful messages from your friends offer some sort of peace and comfort.

Armand Rubbo

January 2, 2020

So sorry to hear this news. Dave and I worked together while I was assigned to the Summer Beats. He always had a smile. My condolences to Bernie, the Matson family and the VBPD.

Jake Jacocks

January 2, 2020

I had the privilege of knowing and working with Dave on the Virginia Beach Police Department. Dave appreciated the immense responsibilities of the job and approached them with professionalism and compassion. He made a positive difference in our community as well as within the VBPD. He was a good man who has left us far too soon. Rest in Peace, Dave.
My thoughts and prayers are with Bernie and the rest of Dave's family.

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Biography

David W. Matson, 65, passed away on December 28, 2019. He was born in New York to the late Robert and Jessica Matson. David retired from the Virginia Beach Police Department after 23 years of dedicated service. He continued to work faithfully at RK Chevrolet and as a full time instructor of criminal justice at Bryant & Stratton College. He was a loving husband and a great father to his children and grandchildren and will be remembered for his selflessness and devout commitment to his family.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 24 years, Bernadette A. Matson; 5 sons, Eric D. Matson (Leslie), Andrew C. Matson, Christopher J. A. Dillon (Amber), Jack A. Matson, and Bob A. Matson; 2 daughters, Katie M. Scott (Bryan), and Samantha A. Matson; brother, Mark Matson (Ardith); sister, Deborah Restivo; and 4 grandchildren, Lily Ann Matson, Abigail Jane Matson, Ethan Downing Matson, and Caysee Rae Scott; and his loyal dog, Peggy. David was predeceased by his brother, Robert Matson.

The family will receive friends from 10-12:00 Noon, Saturday, January 4, 2020, at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel. You may offer condolences at www.smithandwilliamskempsville.com