Matthew Jay Scooler, 49, of Astoria, Queens, NY passed away on June 13, 2020 of natural causes at his home with his wife, Yoshino Inoue, at his side. He was born in New York City on July 3, 1970, the oldest of three children of Kate and Noah Scooler. He grew up in Leonia, New Jersey, graduating from Leonia High School.…read more
Matthew Jay Scooler, 49, of Astoria, Queens, NY passed away on June 13, 2020 of natural causes at his home with his wife, Yoshino Inoue, at his side. He was born in New York City on July 3, 1970, the oldest of three children of Kate and Noah Scooler. He grew up in Leonia, New Jersey, graduating from Leonia High School.
During his college years at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, Matthew developed an interest in Asian studies, focusing on Japanese culture, and persevered in learning the Japanese language. He had the privilege of spending his junior year abroad living in Kyoto, Japan, with the Shimizu family, who became lifelong friends. Upon graduation, he spent three years in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program teaching English in the welcoming schools of Funehiki, in Fukushima-ken, Japan.
After his return to the United States, Matthew attended the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he became a member of the Law Review. Upon graduation in 1999, he practiced law until his death, specializing in trusts and estates. His career included close to ten years as law secretary to the Hon. Lee L. Holzman, Surrogate of Bronx County.
He met Yoshino Inoue in New York via a Japanese contact and they married in 1999 in a beautiful wedding on a World Yacht cruise around lower Manhattan. Yoshino became the quintessential New Yorker and the pair developed many close friends from their passions for opera, classical music, art and swimming. They shared a love of travel not only to Japan, but to Italy where Yoshino’s sister resided, the Caribbean, Thailand, and anywhere they could dive. They also travelled extensively within the United States.
In addition to Yoshino, Matthew is survived by his parents, Noah and Kate, his sister Anna Kate Belknap (Jesse), his brother Evan Daniel Scooler (Leticia Guzman) and 5 nieces, 1 nephew and one grand-niece, all of whom adored him.
Matthew loved the practice of law, had a strong interest in politics starting as a teenage volunteer in a congressman’s office, maintained a strong Jewish identity, and was a dedicated amateur photographer. Matthew is fondly remembered by family, friends and colleagues for his self-deprecatory humor and his willingness to go the extra mile for anyone who needed his help.hide
Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
All Souls Crematory
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