Matthew John Vona, 74, passed away on Oct. 13, 2016, in Tavares. He was born and raised in Center Moriches, New York. He moved to St. Augustine in 1988. Matt was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, serving proudly from 1964 to 1968. Matt was an avid beachgoer and enjoyed being around the water. He also loved to fish and enjoyed dancing. He was known for his great sense of humor and charm. Matt was a loving father, son, and brother. He is survived by his daughter, Maricia Vona-Watson (Tavarus); his son, Chris Vona; and grandson, Kayne Vona. He is also survived by his mother, Prudence Vona; sister, Mary Procopio (Pat); nephew, David Procopio (Dorothy); and niece, Lisa Procopio, all of Center Moriches, New York; as well as cousins, a great nephew, and great nieces. Private family viewing will be from 4 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday with friends welcome from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Funeral services begin at 5 p.m. at Craig Funeral Home with Josh Hersey officiating. Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park, ( www.craigfuneralhome.com ) is in charge of arrangements.
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