Matthew Billings
1982 - 2015
Billow Fairlawn Chapel
85 North Miller Road
Akron, OH

Matthew John

Matthew John Billings, 33, died suddenly on Thursday, September 17, 2015, of injuries sustained in a collision while cycling.

Matt was an avid outdoor enthusiast who loved cycling, hiking, camping, and boating. He frequently took trips to the Smoky Mountains where he felt at home in nature. He was savvy with computers and loved rooting for Ohio State football and basketball. His passions also included his two cats, Oliver and Riley.

Matt was born on July 16, 1982, in Toledo, OH. He graduated from Anthony Wayne High School where he played soccer and excelled in arts and with computers. He graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in computer networking in 2007.

Following graduation, Matt worked for OBS Financial Services in Whitehouse, OH. During that time, he fell in love with cycling and began cycling in the Toledo Area Bicyclists (TAB) group. He rode in countless fundraisers such as Bike to the Bay to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis. Matt was known to be helpful to new riders and encouraged those he rode with. He continued this passion when he moved to North Canton, OH with his family. He began working for the Bernie Moreno Companies in the area doing computer networking and such.

Since moving, Matt had poured his energies into renovating his new home. He took pride in building a new deck and creating an enjoyable life for his family. He recently bought a boat and enjoyed taking people out whenever possible for their benefit. His cheerful smile helped bring joy to those in his daily life.

Matt was an amazing husband, father, brother and son to his family. He was adored by his daughter and close friends and loved his two girls with all his heart. He had a heart for nature and the beauty that could be found in it. The world is a lesser place without Matt in it.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jack Finnegan, and his aunt, Teresa Billings. Surviving Matt are his wife, Rebecca; daughter, Evelyn; parents, Frank and Maureen Billings; sister, Katie (Eric) Emerson; brother, Brian (Taylor) Billings and their son Hugo; grandmothers, Jan Neyrinck and Margaret Finnegan; grandfather, Frank (Elaine) Billings; aunt, Heather Neyrinck; uncles, John (Barb) Finnegan and Kevin (Paula) Finnegan; parents-in-law, David (Rita) Johnson; brothers-in-law, Aaron (Julie) Johnson and Andrew Johnson.

Visitation will be held in Akron at the Billow Fairlawn Chapel (85 N. Miller Road, Akron, OH 44333) on Wednesday, September 23 from 5-8 p.m. A service will be held at Waterville Community Church (8217 Dutch Road, Waterville, OH 43566) on Sunday, September 27 at 2 p.m. with a meal to follow at Parkway Place (2592 Parkway Plaza, Maumee, OH 43537).

In lieu of flowers, a remembrance fund has been established in Evelyn's name to carry on Matt's legacy of providing for his family. It will be used to ensure Evelyn's future is secure, especially for her education. Donations can be made at any Key Bank branch in Northwest Ohio by just providing her name. If you would like to give at another branch, please contact Brian Billings for the account number. Or checks can be made out to Evelyn Billings and sent to P.O. Box 2752, Whitehouse, OH 43571.

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Published by The Blade on Sep. 22, 2015.
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Billow Fairlawn Chapel
85 North Miller Road, Akron, OH
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8217 Dutch Road, Waterville, OH
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So sorry for this tragedy. My heart goes out to you and all.

Craig & Anne Stenehjem
September 28, 2015
So many wonderful memories of horses, 4H, hayrides and riding bikes on Reed Rd. with this wonderful family. My heartfelt condolences and prayers for comfort.
Kristen (Glaser) Stimmel
September 26, 2015
Our deepest condolences go out to Matt's Family and Friends. Great memories will keep you strong.
michelle roberts
September 24, 2015
Deepest condolences. Prayers to your family.
Amy Fidler
September 23, 2015
So sorry for your loss. My brother Jim was right behind him. Such a terrible tragedy. My heart aches for you
Kathy Brackett
September 23, 2015
May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you face these difficult days. Luke 7:11-15
September 23, 2015
My deep condolences for the loss of Matt. He was a strong, committed cyclist and was respected by all of us in the Akron Bicycle Club. He will be greatly missed.
Bob Whittington
September 23, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Randy and Amy Fluck
September 23, 2015
Dawn Schultz AW CLASS OF 74
September 22, 2015
Offering our deepest condolences during this time.
The Staff of Billow Funeral Homes
September 23, 2015
Thinking of you and praying for you.
CCU nurses
September 22, 2015
So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending prayers for all,
Bill and Mo Hart
September 22, 2015
So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers to the whole family. Sally, Dave and Stephanie Wilkins.
September 22, 2015
I'm so very sorry for your loss. I was deeply saddened when I heard of this tragedy and my heart goes out to you. I'll be praying for you and your family during this difficult time for strength, peace and comfort. God Bless❤
jamie stover
September 22, 2015
My prayers and condolences are sent to all. May God give you guidance at this time. I wish I had the opportunity to have met Matthew for he is a remarkable man. May you keep all memories near, dear and share them often. Again Frank, Maureen and all that had the honor to know Matt, my sincere condolences. Love your cousin, Cindy in RI
Cindy Testa
September 22, 2015
Frank and Maureen and all the Extended Billings family. I was so sad to hear of Matt's death. Can still see all the neighborhood kids on ponies and bikes when they were little in my mind. My thoughts are with you all,
Becky (Glaser) Roche
September 22, 2015
I am so very, very sorry for your loss. I did not know Matt, but as a cyclist, Matt's tragedy has deeply affected me and is felt by all of us in the cycling community.
Neil Quinn
September 22, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. Matt will be missed by many. Our deepest sympathies for the Billings family.
Steve and Jinny Hanifan-Wagner
September 22, 2015
My spouse and I would like to express our sympathy to all the family and friends of Matthew. I went to college with Rita (Matthew's mother-in-law).
Valentina Ranaldi-Adams
September 22, 2015
Many prayers and our deepest condolences for the loss of such a great person. Matt, you will deeply be missed by all.
Heather Honeycutt
September 22, 2015
you have my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your loved to a devastating accident.please go to God in prayer to help you in your time of grief.2Corinthian1:3,4
Rochelle Givings
September 22, 2015
so sorry many prayers to you.
Yvonne thomas
September 22, 2015
Matt was an amazing person. I knew him as the brother of one of my key employees. He would stop into Abuelo's just to visit - aka torment his little sister. Matt was always quick with a smile and an offer to help if needed. He quickly became part of the family and a joy to be around. Katie was very proud of him, all he accomplished and hoped to do. He was, and still is, a wonderful young man. It has been years since I had seen him but I remember his bright smile and easy going manner like he is sitting in the room next to me. I am deeply sorry that someone so young, that brought a smile to everyone's face, was taken from his family way to soon. He will be deeply missed. My heart breaks for the family.
Brend Mata
September 22, 2015
So sorry for your loss
Dawn Atugonza
September 22, 2015
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