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895 Route 82
P.O. Box A
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Phone: 845-221-2000
Fax: 845-227-1862
Matthew Abato

Matthew Hutchinson Abato

October 19, 1995 - September 1, 2020
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HOPEWELL JUNCTION – Matthew Hutchinson Abato, a lifelong local area resident, passed away at Westchester Medical Center on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He was 24.

Matthew was born in Poughkeepsie on October 19, 1995. He graduated from John Jay Senior High School in 2015.

Despite the adversities he faced due to illness, he overcame those challenges on a daily basis and fought up until his final moments. Matthew had an uncanny ability to socialize and made countless friends. He had a great sense of humor and contagious laugh that brought happiness to anyone in his presence.

His hobbies included going for walks as well as watching cooking shows and anime. Known in the gaming world as ArcticWolf155, Matthew became a skilled and well-known gamer among others in the community. He loved playing Pokémon Go, especially going on raids with his family while driving around locating various Pokémon characters.
Regardless of his interests, he cherished nothing more than spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his parents, Diane and Jeffrey Abato; his sister, Jordan Abato & her partner Mike Egiziaco; his brother, Nicholas Abato; his grandfather, Frank Abato; his aunts & uncles, Roberta Taylor & her partner Steve Tuthill, Tracy Abato & her partner John Culligan, and Carolyn & Al Baylash; as well as many cousins in addition to other loving relatives & friends.

Matthew was predeceased by his grandparents, Linda Abato and Robert & Kathryn Taylor.

Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 5 at the McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., 1089 Main Street, Fishkill. Please note: In compliance with NYS guidelines, face masks and social distancing will be required and capacity may be limited.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, 8085 Saltsburg Road, Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15239 (
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 5, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Saturday, September 5, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc.
    1089 Main Street
    FISHKILL, NY 12524
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Please note: In compliance with NYS guidelines, face masks and social distancing will be required and capacity may be limited.
  • Service

    Friday, September 4, 2020 | 7:45pm
    Friday, September 4, 2020 7:45pm
    McHoul Funeral Home, Inc.
    895 Route 82
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Sue Close

Posted at 07:01pm
So very, very sorry to read of Matt’s passing. My condolences to the entire Abato family. Sincerely, Sue Close

Lahela Coward

Posted at 01:34pm
I wont ever forget the late nights of all of us in a xbox party, just laughing away. He was an amazing leader and an amazing friend. The best memories will def be the nights where he and nick would play music and try to get his d2 dancing emotes to match them so i can smile. He was always there when i needed someone. He will forever hold a spot in my heart, not only as a friend, but a brother.

-DHGs Kitt3n aka DHG ClaiireBear

mandy scalzo

Posted at 09:11pm
Oh Matty.
Matty was in my class for at least four years at Fishkill Elementary School, but seemed like he became part of my family. Matty was a brave, strong and sweet kid with an AMAZING sense of humor.

I learned a lot from Matt, but the biggest life lesson I learned was to treat each day as if it were a gift. In my classroom, every year, I speak about the dedication and happiness Matty brought with him every single day to school. We say a pledge that begins with "Each day is a gift". I tell my students about the resilient and cheerful kid, who may have struggled to get to school...but came in each and every day with a smile. In that way, he has inspired hundreds of kids, in the years since our time together and will continue to do so for my future students....which, if you ask me, is pretty darn cool.

I will always remember Matty and all his amazing qualities that have inspired me since his time in our classroom, but I will also remember him as the silly, fun loving, goofy, curly-headed kid who had the most contagious smile.
Love you Matty, be at peace and know that you have left your mark on this world.

Adam Reynolds-Harms Posted at 10:15am

Matthew, or DHGs ArcticWolf, was a great guy to hang out with when playing games together. He was a really great friend, I regret not being able to play one last game with him but I know that so many people will miss him greatly. Guide us in the future with your light, Matthew. Adam Reynolds-Harms

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