September 8, 1986 - January 12, 2021
FRANKFORT, NY - On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Matthew Bryan Vescera passed away at home surrounded by his loving family, after a valiant battle with cancer. He was 34 years old. Born in Utica on September 8, 1986, Matthew was the son of Frank and Gloria (Williams) Vescera. He was a graduate of Poland Central High School/Class of 2005. He furthered his studies at Utica College of Syracuse University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. On May 3, 2014 he married the former Shannon McCraith. They started out as friends, were bonded by marriage, and were each other’s hearts to the very end. Nearly 11 months ago, they were blessed with their beautiful baby Camilla Abigail whom he loved dearly. Matthew worked in the technology industry and was credited with having a great work ethic. He especially loved working with his Dad in the family business from an early age. To know Matthew was to instantly love him. He always had a smile on his face and was ready with a helping hand for anything anyone needed. He was young at heart, loved playing video games and all things Nintendo, Superman, DC Comics, and building Lego models. He enjoyed road trips with Shannon to various breweries throughout New York and New England. He was also an avid historian and loved debating with anyone who would engage with him. Although he was a father for only a short time, Matthew adored his baby girl and he was so proud to be her dad. She will grow up knowing how strong and courageous her father was, especially when faced with adversity. Matthew is survived by his parents, Frank and Gloria; his wife and best friend, Shannon; adored daughter, Camilla Abigail Vescera; brother, James Vescera and his fiancée Jacqueline Taylor; and his sister, Kristen Vescera. He also leaves his maternal grandparents, Ronald and Patricia Williams; nieces, Isabella and Madalin; great-niece, Haylee; mother-in-law, Mary McCraith; in-laws, Shauna and Kasey Eakins; godchildren, Alexandria and Jackson Cleveland; uncles and aunts, cousins, and countless friends. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, I. Frank Vescera and Josephine (Longo) Vescera; and his father-in-law, Thomas M. McCraith III. The family extends their sincere appreciation to Dr. Alicia DeTraglia, an amazing physician who guided Matthew and his family through the process; and the staff of the Regional Cancer Center who were so welcoming and comforting. Matthew was hospitalized at MVHS at St. Luke’s Healthcare Center where the nurses and staff took personal care of Matthew as well as Shannon. It was his personality blended with adversity that made him a great patient, beloved by the staff. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Matthew’s funeral service and Celebration of Life which will commence on Monday morning, January 25, 2021 at 11:00 at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes where his Mass of Christian Burial will be offered. Social distancing will be implemented and a mask covering your nose and mouth will be required. Please arrive a few moments early for registration for contact tracing. Also, Memorial donations may be made to the family allowing them to establish an educational fund for his cherished daughter, Camilla Abigail. Envelopes will be available at the service. During this time of social distancing that we are all experiencing, please take a moment to connect with Matthew’s family through the “Memories” section of his obituary. Our prayers go out to all as a sign of our continued support.
FRANKFORT, NY - On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Matthew Bryan Vescera passed away at home surrounded by his loving family, after a valiant battle with cancer. He was 34 years old. Born in Utica on September 8, 1986, Matthew was the son of Frank... View Obituary & Service Information
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