Worcester- Matthew J. Santella, 39, unexpectedly passed away on Wednesday March 8, 2023. Matty was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend.
Matty is survived by his beloved wife of over 20 years, Alisha (Welch) Santella; his cherished daughter Mia and dearest son, Nico, both of Worcester; his parents Michael J. Santella and Donna (McMahon) of Marlborough; a brother Michael J. Santella, Jr. and his wife Ciji of Rutland; a sister, Carley P. Lapomardo and her husband Tony of Bolton; four nephews and nieces, Madison, Jacoby, Gianna and Vin.
He was a graduate of Marlborough High School Class of 2002. He later attended UMASS and Peterson School. Matty worked alongside his father at Santella Electric in Marlborough for 20 years. He was a licensed electrician for the past 16 years and in 2018 he took over the family business.
Matt enjoyed several interests and hobbies, but his biggest source of joy was the family he, and the love of his life Alisha, created. Matty was a dedicated husband and father, and his family was the center of his world. His greatest passion was watching his children excel at sports. Hockey was a thread throughout Matty’s life, he was privileged to play hockey from the age of 4 to his adult life, which eventually led him to coach his son. The family enjoys traveling the country for hockey tournaments and golf explorations. One of Matty’s greatest pleasures was spending the day playing 18 holes. Matt was fascinated with family ancestry and heritage. He took pride in perfecting the family pizza recipe and making his famous chicken thigh cutlets. Calling in waves was a summer staple while body surfing the ocean. Music soothed his soul, in his adult life he taught himself guitar and piano. Matty’s love for music extended to singing and dancing. He would always have music playing and he would sing along and educate everyone about the song or artist. That passion extended into his love for dancing, dancing everywhere but most eccentrically dancing at weddings. Hosting his annual Christmas Eve party was the highlight of the season, along with caroling the neighborhood and orchestrating the “12 Days of Christmas” jingle. He was an admirer of mid-century modern architecture and a student of William Shakespeare. Matty’s family extended far into many circles, he cherished his friends as family. His happiness was limitless, he had an endless passion for life and his smile was infectious to whoever he was with.
Calling hours will be held Monday March 13 from 4-8 PM at the Collins Funeral Home, 378 Lincoln Street, Marlborough. Burial will be private. All are invited to a celebration of life on Tuesday March 14th from 12-4 at the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the go fund me set up for the Santella family. Fundraiser by Friends and Family : Alisha, Mia, Nico and baby Santella fundraiser (gofundme.com) https://www.gofundme.com/f/alisha-mia-nico-and-baby-santella-fundraiser
All are invited to sign Matt’s online guestbook at www.collinsfuneral.com. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Collins Funeral Home, 378 Lincoln Street, Marlborough.