Matthew Robert Wallden, beloved son of Camille and Robert, has passed away. He is survived by his parents, sister Kelly and brother John (Morgan). He was the fun uncle to August, Inez, Bea, Bosco and Martha and the cherished nephew to many aunts, uncles and cousins of the Barbee, Koncul, Privett, Sheehan, Suderow and Tambon families. Suzanne Groover was his devoted and much-loved companion on many of his greatest adventures.
Born August 15, 1981, Matthew attended Blessed Sacrament School and Benedictine Military Academy, where he made many lifelong friends. He joined the Marines in 2001 and served three tours in Iraq, rising to the rank of sergeant. His valor and selfless leadership were recognized through numerous awards.
Ever a man for others, Matthew had deep compassion for those who suffered. After his time in the Marines, he finished his nursing degree with honors at Armstrong Atlantic University and became a traveling nurse. In the final year of his life, he helped many in COVID wards across the country.
Matthew was like no one else. He was hilariously sharp and infinitely kind, wryly observant and profoundly compassionate. He loved a good time and will be remembered with deep affection by the many friends he made along the way, from his globe-trotting travels to his beloved Phish shows (he attended over 100).
Matthew was predeceased by grandparents Frank and Margaret Wallden and Martin and Marguerite Koncul, Sr., and his cousin Lt. Stephen Nevarez.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2021 with the Vigil Service at 6:30 p.m. at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 12, 2021 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. The service will be live streamed by Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church at www.mbschurch.org or on their Facebook page.
Interment will follow in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.
Remembrances may be made to the Blessed Sacrament Seeds of Change Building Fund.
Matthew was such a special guy. It was a pleasure to grow up knowing him. You and the family will be in my thought and prayers.
- Erin Garletts , Savannah, Ga
We are so sorry for your loss. May God bring you comfort and His peace at this difficult time. We're praying for you and your family.
- Catherine & Gary Cooper, Savannah, GA
I am so deeply sorry for your family’s loss. Matthew’s smile could light up a room and while he was not here long enough he lived more than many do in a lifetime. I will keep all of you and my thoughts and prayers.
- Jennifer Miller Cole , Savannah, Ga
We are so sorry for your loss. Mathew was special to us and we will miss him dearly. You and your family are in our thought and prayers.
- Frank and Linda Groover, Charleston, SC
It is evident that Matthew's kindness and compassion was felt by all of our community. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family as they suffer the loss of such a special man. Eternal rest grant unto he oh Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him.
- Mary Katherine Alexander (Shearouse), Savannah , Ga
I am sending my deep condolences and prayers to your family. Matthew had one of the best laughs ever, and I’ll always remember him for his humor and grateful to him for his service to our country. Matthew was loved by many and will be missed dearly.
- Rick Crawford, Charleston , SC
Matthew was such a great person and friend. Many fun memories playing basketball at my house when we were in middle school. I will always remember him with his handsome smile and lovable personality. My heart felt sympathy goes out to his entire family, aunts/uncles, and cousins. He will be truly missed.
- Virginia Sullivan Singletary, Savannah , Georgia
Dan and I send our deepest sympathies. We were so sorry to learn of Matthew's passing. We are praying that God will bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time.
- Dawn Reynolds, BLUFFTON, SC
Sending Prayers !!! What a great guy !
- Christopher Connolly , Savannah , Ga
Camille,Robert and family..we are deeply saddened to hear of Matthews passing.Prayers be with you and your family.RIP Matthew
- Marsha & Tony Jones, Savannah, GA
Matthew was sincere, thoughtful and kind. He did so much for others, by his very presence. My prayers are with the whole family.
- Kathleen Benton, Savannah , GA
Betty and I are saddened to read of your loss. Please know that we care. It is our prayer you both can gain some comfort from your faith. May perpetual light shine upon him.
- Mr. and Mrs. Billy S. Wilson, Jr., SAVANNAH, Georgia
Matthew was a light to work with. Always willing to do his best for his patients and coworkers. We are all so sorry for your loss.
- Tripoint CCU , Painesville, OH
I had the pleasure of working with Matthew for the last several weeks. He was always so willing to help and was a truly caring and compassionate individual. On many occasions we had intriguing conversations about the unknown such as aliens and bigfoot. We talked about dinosaurs and mass extinction. More recently we talked about cats and he shared with me that he was planning on getting a bengal. Our conversations were always so enjoyable. Matthew was a fountain of knowledge and I would often find him looking up different research articles and then sharing that knowledge with me. I am glad that I had the opportunity to get to know Matthew. He will be missed by many. My sincerest condolences go out to his loved ones.
- Amanda Moore, Chardon, Ohio
Deepest condolences from the Giles Family
- Giles, Savannah , GA
My condolences to my Family at their time of grief, you are in my heart and thoughts with much love and prayers
- Donna C Grove, BECKLEY, WV
Matthew was a terrific guy and a wonderful friend. He was one of the best of us 'ol BC guys from the class of 2000! He traveled to visit me when I was living in different areas of the Southeast. We went to many concerts together and I have many great memories of Matthew: camping with him in Antioch, TN to see my first Phish show and selling grilled cheese sandwiches on the lot. I remember great conversations with him on the phone and over a beer. When he was in the military and was overseas he would write to his friends and one of my favorite correspondences from him was on a Britney Spears postcard he found in one of The Hussein family palaces. I will miss his easy going nature and his kind spirit. I will miss his laugh. I hope that he has found peace. I hope that his family will take comfort in seeing all the lives that he has touched.
- Stephen Donahue, Savannah, GA
Robert, I am very sorry to learn of your loss. May God bless and comfort you and your family.
- Johnny Yates, Tybee Island, GA
Matthew was so kind and easy going. Being in his company was such a joy. My love and prayers are with his family and Suzanne.
- Hilary Bel Shipley, Savannah, GA
Sending thoughts and prayers to Matt's family during this time. He was a great guy and I will greatly miss running into him in random places and picking up where we left off years earlier. Gone to soon. I pray he has found peace.
- Matt Mahany, Marietta, Georgia
Matt was the sort of disarmingly kind person you don't meet very often. I'm grateful to have known him, and I'm sending love, sympathy, and prayers to your entire family.
- Elizabeth Larrimore, Chicago, IL
Camille I am so sorry! I pray to God he finds a peaceful soul!
- Lynn Perkins, West Des Moines, IA
Uncle Robert and Aunt Camille I’m sorry to hear about Matthew. It seems unreal. Thinking of you.
- A relative, Savannah , Ga
I'm truly sorry for the loss everyone who knew Matt is feeling, especially his family and Suzanne. He was a gentle soul and quality individual that we were all honored to know in any capacity. Sending love to everyone as you lay him to rest.
- Tommy Harper, Denver, Colorado
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Matthew was a bright soul and will be dearly missed.
- Clint Woods, Denver, CO
My sincere sympathy to Camille and Robert and family. Sadness and emptiness will ease a bit with time, but memories will last forever. God give you peace.
- Jeanne Olson, Savannah, GA
Matt and I went to nursing school together in Savannah. He was always so pleasant to have in class. Although quiet and reserved most of the time, he always had a friendly smile and offered help if you had a question. I remember when we learned about travel nursing in school how we both thought it would be such an awesome experience getting to travel doing something we liked doing. I’m proud to call him a classmate, colleague, and a friend and sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to all his family and loved ones.
- Melissa Delgado, Roseville, CA
I had the sincere pleasure of having Matthew as a classmate and friend during nursing school. He was a kind and compassionate soul. His warm smile and quick wit made him a joy to be around. In his years of nursing since then I know he has helped so many. Praying for peace for all his family and friends. Rest in Peace, sweet Matthew. Too soon gone.
- Kristin Bamman, Richmond Hill, GA
Camille I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
- Frances McCarthy, Beaufort, South Carolina
Our sincerest condolences go out to Camille and Robert and Koncul and Walden families. You are in our thoughts and in our prayers. Charlie and Janie Aeger
- Jane and Charlie Aeger, Savannah, Ga
Matt and I attended nursing school together. We were lab partners in health assessment class. He will be greatly missed and I’m truly sorry for your loss. I’m praying for your family. May God bless you and comfort you during this difficult time.
- Christopher G. Vann, Palmyra, Virginina
So very sorry for your loss. I worked with Matthew. He was so kind. May you find peace in your memories. Blessed I got to meet him
- Katie Mayfield , Ashtabula , Ohio
My deepest sympathy to the Wallden, Koncul & Tambon families. I was so saddened to learn of the loss of your beloved son, nephew & cousin. My God help guide through these dark times & know that you are in the thoughts & prayers of so many friends! Mary Finocchiaro Sweeney
- Mary Finocchiaro Sweeney, Savannah , Ga.
My heart is sadden at the loss of Matt. I had the opportunity to work with him on his travel assignment in Beaufort where he stayed a year. He was so easy going and a pleasure to work with; and became part of the team quickly. He even volunteered to be in the raft race with us! His bedside care was gentle and frequently visited with patients that he had cared for, but not necessarily assigned to for the day. Matt was the team member that you wanted to be working with because he was always there to help and he was a strong, confident nurse. Blessings to his family. Matt will definitely be missed and nursing has lost a comrade in arms!
- Marla Slock, Hardeeville , SC
My thoughts and prayers are with the Wallden family.
- Missy Jarrott , Savannah , Georgia
I send my best regards to the Wallden family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I had the absolute pleasure to enjoy several Phish concerts around Matt. Always a beacon of light to the people around him. God bless !
- Landon Holcomb, Savannah, GA
My most sincere condolences to your family for your loss of such a stand up guy! Prayers
- Rory Holcomb, Fraser, Colorado
Dear Camille, I am soo sorry to hear about your son. I am here if you need me. Please call me if you need to express your feelings. Love you, Susan
- Susan Barry Morgan, Savannah , GA
Only time will get you through your grief. So sorry.
- Buddy and Kakie Hall, Savannah, Georgia
Camille, Robert, and Family, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Matthew. You guys are on our minds and in our prayers. Melinda & Larry
- Larry & Melinda Saunders, Savannah, Georgia
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thu, February 11, 2021
- Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (map)
Savannah GA 31406
- 6:30 p.m. on Thu, February 11, 2021
- Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (map)
Savannah GA 31406
- Mass of Christian Burial
- 10:00 a.m. on Fri, February 12, 2021
- Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
1003 East Victory Drive (map)
Savannah GA 31405
- on Fri, February 12, 2021
- Greenwich Cemetery
330 Greenwich Road (map)
Savannah GA 31404