- Age: 17
- Mount Carmel, IL
St Marys School, Mount Carmel High School
To know Matt was to love him. I remember when I was pregnant with Matt and I was trying to decide on the perfect name for my child, I always loved the name Matthew, I looked in the baby name book and it said the name Matthew meant “gift from God”, I knew from that moment that was the name I would give my child. He truly was a gift from God to me. I reminded him of that fact alot as the years went by and as he grew into a teenager he kept reminding me of the fact that he was “God’s Gift”. Another way his humor always amazes me. He always had a gift for changing my words to suit his mood.
Anyone who knew Matt would agree with me that the one thing that defined him was his QUIRKY sense of humor. Matt had ways of making people laugh. Matt and I laughed alot. No matter how mad I was at him for whatever reason he could always smooth it over with some random act of comedy.
Matt died on February 1, 2008 in a single car text related accident at the age of 17.
July 11, 2011