Virginia Beach Fire Department Captain Matthew “Chevy” Robert Chiaverotti, 44, passed away at home on Monday, April 17, 2023 surrounded by loved ones, following a courageous battle with Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer.
Matt was born October 3, 1978 in Houston, Texas to his parents, Gary Robert Chiaverotti of Norfolk, Virginia, and the late Lynn Ann (Wachowiak) Chiaverotti; he was also the step-son of Debbie Miller of Norfolk, Virginia.
Matt was a 2001 graduate of The University of Maine where his love of fire fighting began. “Chevy,” as Matt was often referred to, began his career as a Virginia Beach Firefighter in July 2002. Matt was a 20 year decorated and beloved veteran of the Virginia Beach Fire Department. At the time of his diagnosis, Chevy served as A shift Captain of Engine 7, the “Busiest Engine” in the VBFD. Over the past twenty years, Chevy “charged hard” with the support of the finest VBFD firefighters by his side . “Chevy” considered the men and women he worked alongside his brothers and sisters. Chevy was also a FEMA Search Team Manager with Virginia Task Force 2 and was with the team for over sixteen years. During his career, Chevy selflessly attended thousands of calls to help the citizens of Virginia Beach. These calls included structure fires, hazardous materials incidents, medical calls, and technical rescue incidents. Matt was respected and admired by so many for his “Live Life At A 10” attitude. Matt’s igniting smile, sense of humor, and integrity to always be the best human being possible will forever be remembered.
Captain Chiaverotti is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Sara Perugini Chiaverotti, and adoring son, August “Gus” Robert Chiaverotti II, who was the light of Matt’s life. Matt was a dedicated Daddy who loved to fish, surf, snuggle, watch endless hours of Star Wars movies and the Mandalorian, go on bike rides to 7-11 for Slurpees, and have Sunday run day with his Gus Man.
Matt is also survived by his sister, Molly Sebring (Dustin) of Norfolk, Virginia; his mother in law, Bonnie Banks Perugini of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania; brother in law, Robert Benjamin Perugini and partner Eryn Stiltenpole of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania; nieces, Ryleigh Perugini, Everly and Ruby Sebring; along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Lois Mackey and Kenneth Wachowiak, and paternal grandparents, Audrey Printke Chiaverotti and August Robert Chiaverotti.
Visitation with the Chiaverotti family will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., on Sunday, April 23, from 4-7 pm. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, April 24, at the Convention Center at 1:00 pm. (Sea of Blue at 12:30 pm). The service will be live streamed on the Virginia Beach Fire Department’s Facebook page.