“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “Wow! What a Ride!” (Hunter S. Thompson)
Matthew “Matt” J. Schorr, Sr., our husband, dad, and Pap died on Friday, April 7, 2023. Matt was born in West Mifflin, PA on December 21, 1938, to the late Albert J. Schorr and Eleanor Schorr.
Matt was a loving husband and father. He was an avid outdoorsman, with a great love of fishing, turkey and duck seasons, and ginger brandy. From a young age he enjoyed woodworking and tinkering with anything that needed fixing. After retiring from Xerox, Matt spent time in Mississippi building homes with Habitat for Humanity following Hurricane Katrina. That experience made him think of the needs in the Virginia Beach community, and with others he was a founding member of Faith Works Coalition whose mission is to eliminate poor living conditions by providing health and safety repairs for the elderly, disabled, and low-income homeowners in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. At the birth of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Matt gave a plush Jimny Cricket doll to each with the reminder to follow Jimny’s advice, “Remember, let your conscience be your guide.”
Left to cherish his memory is his bride of 61 years, Judy Schorr; his children, Laura Lyden and husband Robert, Matthew Schorr, Jr and wife Carol, Eric Schorr and wife Jody; grandchildren Matthew Schorr lll and wife Meredith, Melissa Lyden, Christopher Schorr, Troy Lyden and fiancé Christine Porter, Elliot Schorr, and Monica Schorr; great-grandchildren Matthew Schorr lV, Bryant Schorr, Lillian Schorr, and Eleanor Schorr, many extended family members and dear friends.
A funeral Mass celebrating Matt’s life will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at 2:00 pm at The Church of the Ascension, Virginia Beach. The family will greet friends at the church one-hour prior.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Faith Works Coalition, 1385 Fordham Drive, Suite 105-106, Virginia Beach, VA 23464, or a long walk immersed in nature remembering Matt and his love of the outdoors.
Condolences many be left online at www.altmeyerfh.com
Matt was a good friend, We worked with Faith Works Coalition, doing our best to provide better living conditions to our neighbors. Matt was an important part of FWC, always involved in our projects doing anything that would help others, without questions or judgements. He gave good advice, kept us focused on our mission, and always included a joke or laugh. I enjoyed meeting with him over the years in our monthly meetings and later in our Zoom meetings. Matt contributed by swinging a hammer, and later by provided our FWC flyers that told our story. Matt was always including some story about his family. That was so important to him, and I believe, was a reason that Matt wanted to improve homes for our local families. We will miss Matt, and want to make sure his family knows how much he meant to our volunteers and how much he gave to his neighbors and community. Ray Kirby
Judy, Jack and I were deeply sorry to hear of your loss. Even though we were neighbors for a short time, we always enjoyed our get togethers at your home. Have thought of you many times as I passed that area.
Judy, Helen and I were saddened to hear of your loss, Matt was a great person and friend.
“May you have “Fair winds and following seas” on your voyage home, Matt. DD & Mel Trbovich
On behalf of the entire Blount family, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to you and your family. As a young man starting out with Xerox, Matt help to mold me into who I am today.
Over the years Matt would come up to the farm and hunt and, sometime just to get out to the country and visit with my dad. My father always looked forward to seeing him and enjoyed their many conversations all around the farmyard. His words of encouragement to my dad when he was sick will never be forgotten. May they both rest in peace. I pray that God will be with you during this difficult time and, may you find joy in the memories he left behind.
Judy and family,
Jan and I are saddened by Matt’s passing. And we pray for you all to have the strength to get through this time of great loss. Please take some comfort in knowing that Matt is resting at peace with Our Lord.
Please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of Matt. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
May Matt’s memory be eternal.
Susan and Tom Mayo
I will always remember the big hugs and laughter when we visited!!!! What a wonderful soul. Rest in peace dear friend.
Matt always told me he had a mind full of useless facts, and we enjoyed talking about them (LOL). He was a most warm and loving soul, and I will miss him dearly. God bless Judy and all of the family, he will never leave our hearts.
Judy, Don and I are saddened to hear of Matt’s passing and will keep you and your family in our prayers. Our deepest condolences go out to you.