Matthew Caulfield Grant
1986 - 2016
Bennie Smith Funeral Homes - Salisbury
917 W. Isabella St.
Salisbury, MD

MATTHEW CAULFIELD died by suicide on Thursday, September 8, 2016, in Salisbury, Maryland. Matt was born on May 8, 1986, in Edina, Minnesota. He is preceded in death by his father, Clovis Grant, and survived by his mother, Maria Grant, and his brother, Benjamin Grant. Matt graduated from Lawrence Tech University and was an employee of Apple, Inc. Those who knew Matt well will remember his smile, his kindness, his willingness to help others and his gentle spirit. Among many other fond memories, his brother will remember him by his baked potato sit-in -- a vegetable eating protest in which he sat alone at the dinner table for two hours at age eight. Matt was an incredibly special and wonderful person. His thoughtfulness and generosity made a significant impact on many people's lives. He will be missed more than he could ever know. His passing has left a huge hole in our hearts. Memorial services were held privately. Donations in his name may be made to the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI),, or P.O. Box 62596, Baltimore, MD 21264.

Published by Detroit Free Press & The Detroit News on Oct. 22, 2016.
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We loved when you came and visited us in Arizona. Your heart felt personality was so much fun to be around. We have so many great memories up at Cordes and with grandma and grandpa. Your heart was so big and loving. You loved playing with my kiddos and they loved playing with you. We love you Matt and will miss you...
Stephanie Buckley
December 29, 2016
I know it took a while to find out what to say buddy. I can't possibly know what was going on. But wherever you are, we loved you man. Not just me. All of us back here. We miss you...
Adam Pecar
December 12, 2016
So many true words about such a dear person. I am truly saddened by what has happened but I am extremely grateful for the friendship we shared. He was and will continue to be an inspiration in my life. I feel so lucky that I got to meet him for the first time last year.
Rest in peace my friend, until we meet again.
Gareth Marks
December 8, 2016

I'll always remember you first and foremost for how generous you were with your time. Whether it was tirelessly helping grandma during your visits, or helping me sort through some technology questions, you selflessly gave to others. You were a special man, and I'll miss you.
Brad Walchak
November 30, 2016
Matt was one of the most kind, caring, selfless and generous people I knew. I was blessed to have had him as a cousin and to spend our summer and Christmas vacations together. I will always cherish our time spent together dearly and wish that we had remained closer as we got older. The world was a much better place with him in it, we are at a loss and for that I will always remember him and try my best to show more kindness and generosity to others in his memory. Miss you and love you Matt!
Kimberly Walchak Losey
November 9, 2016
It is very hard to put into words how Matt positively affected everyone. Matt was such a loving and caring person. He never had a mean bone in his body. Matt was such a great role model because of his kindred demeanor, integrity and work ethics. What grandson would give up his vacation time and money to come out and visit his grandparents? He was even willing to lose his job over the visit to his dying grandpa. He truly loved those visits, as did his grandparents.
I am going to miss his sweet smile and hungry appetite. We always laugh at the story how he would say at a meal does anyone want that last piece. Then very sheepishly would take another t-bone steak and devour it. He always made me feel like I was a great cook.
Matt, you did touch so many people's hearts. I am proud to call you my nephew and will cherish all the memories we had together, even the political debates you had with Uncle Gary. My grandchildren loved when you played with them, especially Stephen playing bull with you.
I know we will not know all the answers but I do pray for some kind of peace. Even if it is in the peace that Matt is not in any more internal pain.
We love you Matt and you will truly be missed!!!

Love, Aunt Terri
October 30, 2016
I will never forget the first time Scott and I visited Maria, Clovis, and the boys at their first house in Grosse Pointe. Matt met us in the circular drive in front of the house and opened our car doors. All day he called us Sir and Ma'am. He was so soft spoken and attentive. Though we kept up with him for years he never graduated beyond Mr. Roberts and Ms Ormond.

He came and helped us when we moved to our house in Oak Park. I think he would have done anything for us and I wish our love could have done more for him.

The world was, indeed, a better place with Matthew in it and it is diminished without him. I'm so glad to have known him and will miss him greatly.
Sarah Ormond
October 28, 2016
I have no idea how I got to be so lucky as to get to know you. I am extremely grateful you chose me to be a part of your life. I consider myself very lucky to have been able to call you my boyfriend and I am grateful for every minute I got to spend with you. I think of a dozen things I want to share with you every day and I miss our adventures together. There will never be enough words to express how much I miss you. I love you and will continue to do so until we meet again. Thank you for being such a wonderful person to me and everyone that you met. I am proud to say I knew such an amazing man who would do anything for anyone in need. I hope you are at peace now and I am so sorry I didn't see what you were going through. I love you!
Megan Graphman
October 28, 2016
My sincere condolences. May "the God of all confort" comfort you in this difficult time
October 27, 2016
Your generosity of spirit; your pursuit of what was good, right, and honorable; your kindness and willingness to help; your knowledge; your imagination; your modesty; your determination of mind and body; your commitment to hard work; your sly smile at anything ironic and the rising pitch of your laugh at anything absurd; your friendship: these are the things I will remember forever about you, Matt Grant. Your absence diminishes the world and me.
Scott Roberts
October 27, 2016
Matt was one of the kindest and caring persons I have ever know. He would spend hours visiting with his 96 year old grandmother and do anything that would please her. He was always up to helping people whether it was helping with their computer or hanging artwork, done with precision and a smile on his face. Matt we will always miss you and you will have a special place in our hearts and minds. Cathy and Mark
October 26, 2016
Matt was the most caring and cinsiderate person. In many ways he was an old soul in a young body. So good to his Grandmother, willing to do anything to help her. He spent a half day hanging pictures for us on his vacation in Florida, not exactly what one would plan for during vacation. Done with both precision and a smile on his face. Matt we miss you and you will always have a warm place in our hearts. Cathy and Mark
October 26, 2016
Writing this is one of the hardest things I have ever done. Every time I start to write something I begin to tear up.
Matt is one of the most sincere persons I have ever met. He was honest, thoughtful and caring. He loved this mother and brother.
I will miss him, I will miss his smile, and I will miss not seeing him for the holidays.
We will never forget him.
Matt, The world was a better place with you than without you.
Uncle Mark
October 26, 2016
Matt, or Mathias as I would often call him, was my younger brother. I treated him as such. I was what some people would call a typical big brother. Sometimes a bully and always making a smart comment at his expense. For instance, he would say UNbrella or prentzel. Easy fodder. Anyone who knew Matt though, would know where this entry is heading. He was always the best brother anyone could ask for. I have been blessed to have a fantastic family all around. My mother, father, and brother were three people you would never think one could duplicate. Especially within one family. With my brother Matt's departure, I have now lost two of the best people I have ever known. They both left us too soon.

Matt was an odd kid. He was kind of a loner and enjoyed his computers from a young age. He was never the most popular or the most athletic, but as I grow older I realize that he was second to none when considering the traits that truly matter; selflessness, humility, generosity, kindness. He had his regular haunts like Subway, the library, Jerry's party store, etc. On occasion you may have seen him walking in a snow storm walking with jean shorts on. Why? Because he was comfortable. Did he look odd? Of course! But looking odd never concerned Matt. If I had a dollar for every time my mom looked at the outfit he had chosen for the day and rolled her eyes, I probably could have afforded the clothes I had on. Matt definitely inherited that trait from our father.

His primary concern was for others. He had an affinity towards the elderly and children alike. He wanted to help society's most vulnerable. From my grandparents to children at an adult party, he would spend his time and energy to make them feel comfortable and make sure their needs were always met.

And when it came to me, I am not a shining example. But he always forgave and he seemed to want what was best for me. His efforts while he was here to do things for everyone in my family will leave empty shoes so big they can never truly be filled.

But from everything he will be missed for, his goofy smile and laugh were infectious. That's when you knew things were good everywhere and we were all happy. One can only imagine he is infecting others as I type this. I am going to miss you so much Mathias. These words are extemporaneous, I would not stop writing if I had to describe how much. There is absolutely no way to truly know what you had until it is no longer with you.
Benjamin Grant
October 26, 2016
Matt- I will never forget all the holidays and vacations we all spent together as a family; we saw you and Ben more than any other relatives and because of that I felt so close to you and your family. I love you all so much and always wanted the best for you. I wish that we had continued to stay as close as we became adults, and that we could have leaned on each other for more support. I hope you know I would have always been there for you if you ever needed anything at all. You truly were an amazing young man- so generous and funny. I will miss you greatly.
October 25, 2016
I wish I had told more often how much of good soul you were, you were always so kind never expecting anything in return. Rebecca's life and mine were more joyful because we knew you. I'm glad I was lucky enough to call you my friend and I only wish we had spent more time together. I'm a better person because of knowing you. You were truly a wonderful human being.
Laiza Leal
October 24, 2016
I never met a more generous, caring person than Matt Grant. His empathy was unparalleled and when he touched others, it was always with a smile. I like to think I learned from example. He was always kind to me, he loved his mother and left the world a better place for having lived. I will miss him greatly. John
October 24, 2016
Matt, i love you with all my heart and will miss you every day for the rest of my life. I am proud of the incredibly good person you grew up to be. You were truly the wind beneath my wings.
Love always, Mom
October 24, 2016
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
From the Staff of Bennie Smith Funeral Home
October 24, 2016
Matt was the sweetest and kindest soul that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. His smile was like a ray of sunshine that warmed the heart. He always had a positive attitude and was always willing to lend a hand. I hope he knows how very much he will be missed and how very much loved he was and always will be. Rest in peace my beautiful friend.
Julia Reinhardt
October 23, 2016
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