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The day we watched Mat touch the clouds
For You Mat,

Lord of thunderhead and sky
Who place in man the will to fly
Who taught his hand speed, skill and grace
To soar beyond man's dwelling place
We shared with him the eagle's view
The right to soar, as eagles do
The right to call the clouds his home
And grateful, through his heavens roam
May all assembled there that day
And all who loved the thrill of that sight
Recall with twofold gratitude
His gift of wings, for Mat's final flight

Always Missed, your friend Greg
The hurt of your loss will never diminish, but we hope the pain will be easier to handle. ..take care and be strong xoxo
I how the time seems to fly bye on one hand and missing someone makes it feel like its been forever. My thoughts are with you today remember your loved ones are always by your side. God Bless
Thinking of you and of those who love you. Thinking too, that someone who was as full of life as you were , has a spirit that continues to go out beyond itself into the lives of all who knew you. Although I didn't get to meet you, Matthew, I'm getting to know you more each day through your Mom and those who were blessed to have you in their lives. With love, Carol and Bert 11/02/2013
It is so hard to believe that 1 year ago today, I lost my beautiful son Matthew. Rest in peace my beautiful, beautiful boy...I miss you so very much, every minute of every day. Mom XO
12 months year! At times, it's still hard to believe what happened and that you really are gone from our sight. I believe that you have gone to a better place and that you are with your loved ones who went before you. Keep smiling that BIG smile and know that we'll never forget you!
My deepest sympathy! I didn't know!
11 months today...missing you so very you with all my heart, mom.
We'll be having a memorial for Matthew on Saturday, November 2nd. If you are interested in attending, please contact me and I'll send details.
7 months - seems like 7 years...missing you so very mom
Missing you so much, love mom xo
Matthew, as we prepare to attend your Mom's wedding in Florida you are formost on our minds. You are missed by so many, everyday and on April 3rd, your absence will be noticed greatly. Although we won't be able to see you, we'll know that you're there because your Mom was the #1 person in your life and you couldn't and wouldn't stay away on such an important day. I know, in my heart, that we'll feel your presence and that you'll be smiling!
Hi Matt, its with great pleasure that I will be attending your mom and Derek's wedding, something I know you were looking forward to. We all know you will be there in spirit and always looking over your mums shoulder to make sure she's ok. We miss you.
Often you don't realize what you have until you lose it … I lost my brother today.
In recent years we grew distant. Understandable, but you never really lose your brother; he's always there when you remember to call. Sort of wish I kept some photos to help this memory but we never really had time for photos, too busy those few hours each week driving around and doing stuff together.

Now this is going to sound too good to be true (and make me sound old) but Matt was a fine young man. He was very mature and insightful at an early age; always polite and considerate. He was witty and sensitive with a great sense of humour. He spoke highly of his grandmother and grandfather but especially of his mother who he cared for and adored. Matt may have had a carefree demeanor but he was never uncaring. He was responsible and hard working. He influenced those around him, providing encouragement and comfort. Matt loved life and those who knew him were truly blessed. I'm going to miss him.
4 months...and so very much you. xo
16 weeks today - we miss you so much Matthew, love mom
Your 30th birthday was Wednesday...some days are just too difficult...XO

Not a day goes by that you're not felt by your friends and family... no amount of time makes missing you easier. I think of you everyday, and will keep your legacy of love and friendship alive in my actions.

...Once upon a time we sat on your mom's porch and talked about what was out there after your uncle Brian passed away. All I can say is I hope my energy gets to hang out with yours in that great abyss someday. ...None of us got enough time with you here.

Holding your memory close as ever...
My beautiful boy - 3 months today since I heard your laugh...I miss you so very much, love Mom
Joanne I'm so sorry to hear about your loss.. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Papa's birthday today Matt...miss you both so very much...xo
and the impossible is enough for me...miss you so much
Hey Matt, I had dinner with your Mom the other night. She is pretty, smart and cool. We talked alot about you.
Our lives are brighter because we have you to remember and hold dear in our hearts and minds.
Only 2 months today, but seems like forever...
I missed you so much tonight.xoxo
Thinking of you Matthew as we celebrate this special time of the will always be loved and missed by many
Tony & Joan
In our hearts and minds you will always be. Matt and Billy :)
Love you Matty. I think of you all the time. love Grandma
Missing you so very much today and Mom
Joanne, Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Bev & Steve
thinking of you
Matt, Your light shines bright for us all to see. Thank you.
I think of Matt like a shooting star; a bright burst of light in a dark night sky that captures hearts and imagination and makes us all a little happier and able to believe in magic. For your wonderous inspiration, lightness of step, kind heart and smile, I thankyou Matt.
May you be comforted during this sad time
By the precious memories you hold
And by the closemess of family and friends
And knowing that Matt is with the angels
What a beautiful young man you were, taken from your friends and family way too soon. I hope you find peace wherever you are now and that your gentle soul continues to be felt by all the people that clearly loved you so much. Especially you mother xx
At times like this I hate clichés---no, words will never be adequate to express Matty….
Matt made everything ok. He was so pure and sincere that you could never even be angry with him. Perspective…he represented everything that mattered in this crazy world, honesty, hard work and sincerity…Being here in Greece and witnessing a crumbling of values only seems fitting to losing Matty. We have each lost him in our own way, what he represented to each of us…yes, the kindest heart, truly, one that never learned to feel ok to be angry…but you never wanted to be angry with him…
Matt exemplified family and can only be an inspiration to us all. He left too, too soon and now we are left only with memories of his gentleness, because that is all he had. We tend to speak of people who were ‘so good', but Matt has touched the hearts of people who didn't know him personally, and they should know of him…
I always thought of Matt as a rock star... He was too much for this world, with his pain and humanity…While a strong comfort may come to those who understand this there is only pain that follows in that we feel so weak without him…
Love always, xoxxxxxxxxxx
Annie Antaras
I will remember that wonderful smile forever. Deepest sympathies.

Fiona Savage
It was a privledge to know you. Wish it could of been longer.
Matthew the promise of you and me growing up together - or to be more accurate - staying grown up together was taken far too soon. All I can say is that I'll never forget you and you will forever be in my heart.
Love you Matty, mom xoxo
It's been two weeks and I still can't believe it! I think of Matthew often and hope he's up there, with his Grandfather John, looking down on us all and smiling that BIG smile.
Matthew was a fun loving man with a loud and infectious laugh. Those who knew him came to love him dearly. He has left a big void in the lives of family and friends, we will always cherish the time we spent in your company. May God Bless you Matthew you will be dearly missed.
Deepest sympathies...
miss u matt, more then u know, love u matt
Matt is somewhere with Billy, furious with me for how many tears I've shed in the past weeks. He taught me so much about myself, and how to be a more open person and better friend. I'll be forever wishing I'd had more time with the best stand-in brother anyone could have ever asked for... but I know he's with us all, always now. His love and kindness will continue to be spread through all of his friends and family he influenced. My thoughts and love are with your all; Lois, Jo, Derek, Deb, Doug, Theresa and family.
Always fun, I will remember.

Much love.
I was at Matt's celebration of Life and was so moved by the number of well dressed young friends that lined the walls of an already overflowing room. It was quite obvious once you had met Matt you never forgot him. The show of heartfelt friendship and face of loss spoke volumes of what Matt meant to each and every friend, and in turn what they meant to Matt. He will be missed but never forgotten, there will be lots of regaling of Matt's Antics and fun times with all, accompanied by man's best friend, Billy at his heel.
Matt's passing leaves a unique scar on our famiy's heart.
I was at Matt's celebration of Life and was truly touched by the overwhelming attendance of his well dressed friends. It truly spoke volumes of his dedication to his friendship with each and every one of them. Matt will be missed but I guarantee not forgotten. He will live in many of his friends conversations regaling of the antics and fun times with Matt.
Still can't believe the reality of in peace, Matthew.
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