Gorka, Matthew "Matt" S. CLIFTON PARK Matthew "Matt" S. Gorka, 31, of Clifton Park passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 8, 2014. He was born in Albany on October 25, 1982 to Richard Gorka and Linda A. Baker. He attended CBA, Shenendehowa and HVCC where he was on the presidents list for high honors. He was currently attending SUNYIT in Utica where he was studying towards his degree in mechanical engineering. A hard-working handyman, he founded Gorka's Contracting and installed radiant heating to clients in New York City. Matt was beloved by all. Between his mischievous sense of humor, his infectious smile and unparalleled generosity, Matt warmed the world to all. He was unquestionably the New York Jets number-one fan. He was fun-loving, outgoing and adventurous, loving to play just about any sport, be it hockey, snowmobiling, snowboarding, golf or rock climbing. This intelligent, determined, focused young man was a most loving, committed and protective father. His sons just describe him as being so very "strong." This was evidenced by Matt juggling his family life, his job with his father and a demanding, hectic school schedule. Even so, Matt still made time for friends and family, whom he loved with unbridled passion. His fearlessness in tackling life's challenges while maintaining such a positive, light-hearted attitude was admired by all who knew him. The oft-heard "Matt-isms" such as "Keep it real" or "Don't go chasing waterfalls" were lessons born of personal hardships he worked to overcome. He never gave up; his course remained true, he lived life to the fullest. An inspiration and example to all, his loss is deeply felt by all who knew him. He is the son of Richard Gorka of Clifton Park and Linda A. (Don) Baker of Halfmoon. He is brother of Melissa (Tim) Joslyn of Latham, and Danielle Gorka of Latham. He is the dedicated father of KC Deuel and Matthew Gorka of Scotia; loving and devoted fiance and soulmate of Lindsey Mahserian of Clifton Park; uncle of Cassandra Harris, Mikayla and Alexandra Joslyn, Kevin and Connor Baker and Gavin Will. He was the best friend to Mike Kucik of Savannah, Ga., and a cherished friend to so many others. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 498 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park. In lieu of flowers, a trust fund is being set up for KC's and Matthew's educations. Memorials may be sent to Timothy Joslyn, 27 Hillcrest Road, Latham, NY 12110. Arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, Clifton Park.
Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home
1550 Route 9
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Published in Albany Times Union on Feb. 11, 2014