In Memory of Matthew Corbell
If there was one thing that stood out about Matthew Corbell, it was his cheerful smile. Matt was served for many years by Beacon Group, starting with working at the Glenn office, moving to employment at Eegee’s and most recently as a dishwasher at Nash Elementary School. Regardless of where he was working or spending time, everyone who encountered him fondly remembers his signature smile. Sadly, on March 21, 2021, Matt passed away at the age of 51. Here, we remember just some of the warm memories his friends and colleagues had about him…
“I worked with Matt when he was on the Tucson Electric Power crew for the Beacon Group,” wrote Tina Marie Higdon – on Evergreen Mortuary, Cemetery & Crematory’s obituary website for Matt. “He was always cheerful and had a great sense of humor.”
Alex Jeffries wrote, “I’m so sorry to hear of Matt’s passing. I work with United Cerebral Palsy, and he would join our respite group some Saturdays and we would see him at the Armory Park dance each month. He always had a smile on his face, was very kind, and had some of the best dance moves of anyone who attended.”
“Matt was a very kind and caring person, with a great personality,” wrote Cynthia Gonzales, Transition To Employment (TTE) instructor for Beacon Group. “I worked with him at both Eegee’s and Nash Elementary. He had many friends and always had a smile for you. He will be missed by all.”
Recently, Angela Soto, Matt’s Job Coach at Beacon Group, asked the ‘cafeteria ladies’ from Nash Elementary about him. Matt’s Supervisor, Sharon Cook, said she still expects to see him come through the door in the morning. “With that smile?” Angela asked. “With that smile,” Sharon replied, “The crew put a solar light at his gravesite the other day.”
Matthew Corbell’s legacy of kindness and goodwill, and of course his warm smile, left a mark on so many at Beacon Group and around the Tucson community. He will be deeply missed and remembered fondly by all who were touched by him.