Matthew Ryan Shaughnessy

  • Born: July 21, 1983
  • Died: January 15, 2020
  • Location: South San Francisco, California

Crosby-N. Gray & Co. - FD-96

2 Park Road
Burlingame, CA 94010

Tel. (650) 342-6617

Tribute & Message From The Family

Matthew Ryan Shaughnessy was a loyal and generous soul, taken too soon by his own hand. Those who knew him, loved him, and his love for his friends and family was impenetrable. Matt was fiercely protective, often to the social detriment of his younger sister, and physical peril to his older brother. For Matt there was only black and white, no spite, no pettiness. Matt had an obstinate and honest soul, which often seemed contrary, yet only added to his charm. Whether lecturing you on the importance of following current events, spontaneously whisking his nieces off for ice cream on a school night, or entering a keg throwing contest and winning by a landslide, Matt was ever the enigma. Matt's greatest loves were his five nieces, Emma, Mackenzie, Abigail, Lily and Olivia, and his beloved mother, Melinda, who is no doubt wrapping him in her arms, in peace. Matt is survived by his father, William Shaughnessy (Nancy), brother, Carey Shaughnessy (Braun), and sister, Samantha Shaughnessy Friesz (Lance), and a countless list of aunts, cousins, in-laws, adopted family and friends, who loved him more than he will ever know.
A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, January 24, 2020, from 11am to 2pm at Poplar Creek Golf Course, 1700 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401. If Matt has ever abused you verbally, then he loved you, and would welcome your attendance.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Shaughnessy family - I am deeply sorry to hear this sad sad news. I, as I am sure many, distinctly remember Matts gloriously freckled face from our days together at McKinley and AYSO. I hope he has found peace with his mother up in heaven.

Posted by Nick Anderson    February 12, 2020


Posted by Ani Kevranian    January 24, 2020

Dear Shaughnessy Family,
We can't tell you how saddened we are during this time of sorrow.
We will always remember that "freckled-face" smile mixed with mischief, playfulness and a lively spirit during the many sleep-overs so many years ago. But Matt was always respectful of our family. These are the beautiful memories of Matt we will forever hold in our hearts. Matt is now enjoying the warmth of his mom around him.
Your family is in our thoughts at this difficult time.
The Tanisawa Farmily

Posted by A friend   January 24, 2020

Dear Shaughnessy Family,
My heart and prayers are with you during this sorrowful time. I'm so sorry for your loss.
I will always remember Matt with his big smile and the little Irish shimmer in his eyes it was both mischievous and charming. May your entire family feel the love and support you need to get through this incredibly difficult time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
With deepest love and condolences,
Jessica Langridge

Posted by Jessica Langridge - San Mateo, CA   January 24, 2020


My heart goes out to the Shaughnessy family during this difficult time. I'll never forget Matt's smile and outgoing personality, truly one of a kind. Your family was always so kind to me as a kid and treated me like their own. Thoughts and prayers to all those affected.

Posted by Christina Livesey - CA   January 24, 2020

Our hearts are broken at the news of Matt's passing - it's all too tragic - no words can express our sorrow. The last time I saw Matt we hugged and laughed about those old kid days.
His smile still lit up the room a lot like when he was a friend of Ben's. With his Family's dog TAR in tow , he would come over and play for hours - I loved his all BOY antics and will treasure his beautiful face in our memory until we all meet again in the next life ! Our love to you all and our deepest condolences!

Posted by CHris & Steve Langridge - San Mateo, CA   January 23, 2020

Posted by Ben Langridge    January 23, 2020

Posted by Ben Langridge    January 23, 2020

We're thinking of you and your family in this most difficult time. Matt was like no other, he will be missed. We send our love and condolences as you walk a path no sibling should.

Posted by Brian and Wenda Treu - Burlingame, CA   January 22, 2020


We are so saddened to hear of Matt's passing. He was a beautiful person, inside and out. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill, Carey, Samantha and family.

Posted by Bridget Mannix - Burlingame, CA - neighbor   January 22, 2020

Incredibly saddened to hear about Matt.

He was one of the good ones.

Posted by Brendan Healy    January 22, 2020


Posted by Janine Ramirez - San Mateo, CA   January 21, 2020


Posted by Mary Murphy - South San Francisco, CA   January 21, 2020

Rest In Peace, Matt - Had some great times which I will remember fondly. May you pass boldly into that other world. Prayers to the Shaughnessy family.

Posted by Justin McGovern - San Mateo, CA - Friend   January 21, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the Shaughnessy family! RIP Matt!

Posted by Shane Cody - Boise, ID   January 21, 2020

Posted by Paul Harrington    January 20, 2020

The entire Chappell family sends its heartfelt condolences to the Shaughnessy family. We all remember a wild and woolbacious young man with a great smile and a big heart.

Posted by Janet Chappell - Burlingame, CA   January 20, 2020

Our sympathies and thoughts to out to Bill and family

Posted by Jim Murphy - Aptos, CA   January 19, 2020

Words can't express how saddened we are to hear about the loss of Matt. Matt was such an amazing person! We are wishing you strength , peace and healing during this difficult time. Matt will forever be in our hearts.
The Cinti family

Posted by Nicole Cinti - Burlingame, CA   January 19, 2020

My heart is a long standing neighbor on Neuchatel I am so very sorry...May God hold you three and your family in th Palm-of His hand...I am so very sorry and I am here for you all anytime.
Hugs,love and prayers
Gay O'Brien

Posted by Gay O'Brien - Burlingame, CA   January 18, 2020

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