September 6, 1951 - November 17, 2020
Matthew Jeffrey Cory was born in Toledo, Ohio on September 6, 1951. Son of Charles and Mary Jane Cory, brother of Connie Cory, father of Aaron and Gabriel Cory, husband to mother of Aaron Cory, Tina Kessinger, mother of Gabriel Cory, Jeri McGovern, and current spouse, Susan Francis. Matthew attended St. John’s high school and Ohio University before experiencing many adventures in his informative years as a young adult. He traveled around the country, started a commune, lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico and settled in San Francisco.
In Santa Fe, Matthew worked as a Hotshot, battling wildfires that would last days and weeks. In San Francisco he joined the Conservation Corps, where he supervised a crew of young adults, working with the public services of San Francisco and the National Park Service for 8 years. In 1993, Matthew joined the National Park Service in Golden Gate National Recreational Area, where he worked for 20 years serving as a Crew Leader and Supervisor. He served as the volunteer coordinator for the NPS GGNRA and the Union Steward where he advocated for workers’ rights. In addition, Matthew served as Chairman of the Petaluma Tree Advisory and Naturalist at San Francisco’s Camp Mather for several years.
Matthew enjoyed reading, music, meditation, yoga and sports. He was a fervent reader and book collector, especially well versed in the subjects of eastern spirituality, history and classic American fiction. His musical tastes were extraordinary, collecting rare and eclectic records from all genres and regions of the world. Matthew was a member of the San Francisco Zen Center and practiced Zen throughout his life. He also enjoyed studying and practicing other forms of meditation including Transcendental Meditation and traditional Hatha Yoga. Matthew loved sports, especially baseball, from the time he was child and rooted for the Detroit Tigers and the San Francisco Giants.
He was a great father, loved his children and was actively involved in their life. Matthew was the coach of the baseball and assistant coach of the basketball team for Rooftop elementary and middle school. He welcomed all students to join the teams he coached and enjoyed helping adolescents develop athletic and team skills. He was always willing to sacrifice his time for the betterment of his children, implanting great memories of spending time together playing sports, traveling, and regularly going to places like the Zoo, Academy of Sciences and museums.
Matthew was a good-natured and one of a kind individual. He was often smiling, laughing and always optimistic. He saw the glass half full, was extremely dependable and always willing to lend a helping hand. The passing of Matthew Cory is very difficult for his friends and family because he was full of so much life. He is gone in the physical form, but his spirit remains. His memory, influence and contributions to the many people he impacted over the course of his life will live on for lifetimes to come. Love you, Dad.