Matthew M. Fedish (1990 - 2011)

Obituary

Fedish, Spc. Matthew M.

"Matt" "Fed"

Chenango Bridge: Spc. Matthew M. Fedish, 21, of Chenango Bridge, New York, left this earth to be with his Heavenly Father, Friday August 5, 2011. Born on March 30th, 1990, Matt is survived by his parents, Michael and Lauren Fedish of Chenango Bridge; his sister and brother-in-law, Amanda and Ted Ford, Honey Brook PA, and his beloved dog, Sandy. Also surviving Matt are his maternal grandparents, Bud and Fran Alexander and paternal grandparents, George and June Fedish; Aunts and Uncles Joe and Terry Alexander, Mary Ellen and Chris Bednar, Andy and Tyann Alexander, Chip and Cindy Fedish, and Kim and Tim Ross. Cousins surviving Matt are Rachel, Scott, Jennifer, Isabell, Emily, Lara, Kristin, Cameron, Jordan, Branden, and Ryan. Matt had many dear friends including the Beagells; Greg and Darcy, his best friend Dustin, Kyle, Jocelyn, and Tanner, a special friend, Megan Sullivan, and also his "second families" the Balls, Guenthers, Howards, and Norris's. Matthew was a member of St. Paul's Church, Binghamton, NY, and the American Legion Post 1194, Hillcrest, NY. He was a graduate of Chenango Valley High School, class of 2008, where he loved and played on the football, wrestling, and lacrosse teams. He was a proud cavalry scout serving his country in the United States Army. He enlisted July 8, 2008, trained at Fort Knox, KY, and was stationed at Fort Drum, NY with the 10th Mountain Division 1st Combat Brigade 1-71 Cavalry Bravo Troop. He fought for our freedom bravely and honorably with his brothers in the 1-71 Cav during the height of combat in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan from March 2010 to March 2011. Matt loved his family and friends. Although his life on earth was short, it was a life lived to its fullest. He loved hunting with the guys from the barn, fishing, boating, and motocross racing. He loved to dance and sing, but most of all he loved to make people laugh and smile. He was a young man with a heart of gold who always placed others before himself, feared nothing, and never, ever gave up. Matt is and will always be "Our Hero". A funeral mass will be held at 9:30 am on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at St. Paul's Church, 15 Doubleday St., Binghamton. Burial with full military honors will follow at Chenango Valley Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Friday from 4:00 - 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to: Operation First Response at www.OperationFirstResponse.org, Operation First Response, Inc., 20037 Dove Hill Road, Culpepper Virginia, 22701 or Make-A-Wish Foundation of CNY, www.cny.wish.org, Make-A-Wish Foundation, 5005 Campuswood Drive, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

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Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Aug. 11 to Aug. 13, 2011
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