Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Matthew J. Melchionda

Watchung Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, March 8, 2006

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Reflections for Police Officer Matthew J. Melchionda

Thank you doesn't seem enough ~~~ Vittorio Spadea and Christine Petzold riding in the police Unity Tour in memory of Matthew, David Petzold both #11 EOW 2006.

My beloved son you are remembered and sadly missed. I love you.

Matthew's Mom

May 13, 2024

March 31, 1974 a beautiful baby boy was placed in my arms and filled my life with immeasurable joy. You would be 50 years old today. I can't help wondering what great things you would have accomplished, would you have children of your own, what would you look like, so many things I wonder about. All I know is that I miss you every minute of every day. Celebrating the day you came into my life for 31years, 342 days. I love you Matthew.

Jane Melchionda
Matthew's Mom

March 30, 2024

It doesn't seem possible that 18 years have gone by. The heartache is still as severe as it was on that dark day in March. I hope you were looking down on all of us who gathered at the Watchung Police Department to dedicate the roadway into headquarters in your memory:
Chief Anderle did a supurb job eulogizing you to all present especially those new officers who never had the opportunity to know what a special man you were.
I miss you and love you always,
Mom xoxoxoxo

Jane Melchionda
Matthew's Mom

March 14, 2024

You are not forgotten.

Scotch Plains Police Dept

March 8, 2024

Miss you brother - miss you a lot and think about you often

Randy Randazzo

February 29, 2024

Hey Matt, I was just scrolling around the internet and I thought of you so I decided to come and say Hello. Going to go visit my older brother now, he got the big C from 9-11. Okay Rest Easy.

Randy M. Stratton

January 25, 2024



Jane Melchionda
Matthew's Mom

December 13, 2023

On this Mother's Day and every one before and after, I am thankful for the nearly 32 years of pure joy since the day you were first placed in my arms. You and David made my life worth living and complete. I miss you will all of my broken heart and will until the day I join you.

I will always love and miss you.


Jane Melchionda
Matthew's Mom

May 13, 2023

Dear Mom,
I am still here. I am here for you when desperation creeps in between the spaces of our new realities. I am not gone. Every tear you shed, I collect it. I gather the rain, and to each drop I give life to the memories you and I have shared. I step into your dreams when you least expect it, and if you look hard enough, you can find me there.
Say my name. Remember me in the quiet moments. They will sustain you when the world intrudes and tries to drown out the sound of the conversations that you still have with me when you think no one else is listening. I am still here.
Mom, my soul is quiet now. It no longer yearns for the things my physical body needed to survive this particular battle. It took everything from me, and I know it took everything from you; you will never realize what that did to my spirit when I passed from that life into this one.
I know that you feel like you are losing your mind some days, but when you hear a heartbeat where none should exist, know that it is mine, keeping time with yours.
I am still here. I did exist. I left my mark upon this world, and I am at peace now.
Love, Matthew

Jane Melchionda
Matthew's Mom

March 6, 2023

You are missed my love ~~~~~~ more than ever xoxo

Jane Melchionda
Matthew's Mom

December 22, 2022


Jane Melchionda
Matthew's Mom

June 22, 2022

Until I was a mother, I never truly understood the miracle of life.... Like how a hand could be so tiny and how a cheek could feel so soft And how a little head could smell so good and feel so warm against my face. Until I was a mother, I never truly realized that a tiny baby could fill my heart with so much joy and love. Matthew made me a mother 48 years ago today. We learned together so many things. I miss him.

Jane Melchionda
Matthew's Mom

March 31, 2022

Remembering my beloved Matthew .
Reflecting on your life and the gift I was given when you were born. Nearly 32 years was not enough time here on earth. Always smiling and happy, you brought so much joy to me. Sixteen years now and the ache in my heart persists. I miss you and hope it is true that we will be together again one day. I love you.
From the Essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson “Self Reliance”
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded.”
March 8, 2022

Jane Melchionda
Matthew’s mom

March 10, 2022

16 years brother. You are never forgotten.

Scotch Plains Police Dept

March 8, 2022

Christmas 2021. Another year without my beloved Matthew.

Jane Melchionda
Matthew's Mom

December 24, 2021

Mother's Day will never be the same ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Missing you Matthew xoxoxoxoxo

Jane Melchionda
Matthew's Mom

May 9, 2021

I can't believe it's been 15 yrs since Matt passed away. I'll always remember seeing Matt at the end of my shift in the morning at Pat's Deli getting at the end of my shift and him just starting his day. Genuine nice guy...he's missed by everyone that knew him.

Ptlm Charles Halsted
North Plainfield PD

April 12, 2021

Fifteen years and I am still waiting for you to come through my door. I love you Matthew.

Although I am happy and comforted that Matthew is remembered by so many, the thought of never seeing him again, his smile, his voice, his laugh, his wicked sense of humor, breaks my already broken heart

Jane Melchionda
Matthew's Mom

March 9, 2021

Thinking of you 15 years to the day. Rest in peace brother.

Scotch Plains Police Dept

March 8, 2021

I'll never forget that day; and the days following. The memories like this do not fade. His memory does not fade any more than his hearty voice. Rest in peace brother.

Jeffrey Skibenes Sgt. Ret.

January 6, 2021

Does it ever get any easier?
My broken heart.
Mom xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Jane Melchionda
Matthew's Mom

September 18, 2020


Jane Melchionda
Matthew's Mom

August 14, 2020

March 31 would have been your 46th birthday. One of the two happiest days of my life. I miss you more than ever and very often wonder what life would be like if you were still with us. xxoo
There are moments in life when you wish you could bring someone down from Heaven. Spend the day with them just one more time, give them one more hug, kiss them goodbye or hear their voice again. One more chance to say I LOVE you. In remembrance of Matthew. ♥▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ஜ۩۞۩ஜ▬▬♥▬▬ஜ۩۞۩ஜ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬♥.

Jane Melchionda
Matthew's Mom

April 24, 2020

To my beloved Matthew,
I will never ever be able to get over this tragedy but I am getting through it one step at a time. Now 14 years have passed, the ache in my heart gets stronger, missing you becomes more intense. I want to know what you would look like, I want to hear your voice, I wanted you to outlive me, I want you to walk through the door - smiling and handsome, I wanted you to experience the joys of being a parent, I want you and your brother to laugh together, I want to hear you say, "I love you mom." You had so much to offer the world. When we meet again, I will never let you go.
I love you Matthew xoxo

Jane Melchionda
Matthew's Mom

March 10, 2020

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

March 8, 2020

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