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  • Barry
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    I hate to say it but I agree with g-man, it was a sad and tragic event but it is now time to move on.

  • Michelle
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    Even though I never knew Matthew or his parents, I can't help but feel their pain. I have small kids myself and can't imagine the hurt, anger, and sadness they've had to endure. My thoughts and prayers are with Rod and Desma.

  • L
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    g-man!!! I totally agree with your comment. I have too lost loved ones over the years and yes time heals. Move on!!!

  • Melinda
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Listen, show some compassion. Forget how many times you hear of this story, To me, its a reminder of how our justice system has failed us. br br Its sad that you guys are saying time will heal and get over it. I bet you guys haven't gone through the death of a child, and if you did it's probably a death by medical reasons. I think everyone needs to be reminded that everyone grieves differently...get over it!

  • BK
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    My heart goes out to the families that have lost loved ones. It's cruel and tragic. They need to move on now, though. Matthew and the little girl who was murdered should not be singled out for a news story. Many, many children die tragically and are never mentioned again in the news or on TV. God rest their souls, they are angels now, but are no different than other children.

  • Fishermans Wife
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    I have followed Matthew's story, and Rod and Desma's journey, through the media and the website, from the beginning. Once again I sit here and cry, my heart breaks for them, and all the untold stories like theirs.
    Everyone that has written above is entitled to an opinion, and everyone deals with grief differently....but Rod and Desma, you have honoured you son in the most amazing way, and I'm confident you have helped others with their grief along the way. God Bless you both, and God Bless Matthew.

  • Bruno
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    G-Man, If these stories bother you that much - don't read them, don't watch the NTV news, watch ABC, take a walk, get a bath, do whatever. I can't imagine loosing a child. I have a two year old son and it would take a whole lot more than four years to move on . These people didn't loose a pair of shoes. Have some compasion. If this helps the parents then God Bless.

  • Frank
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    It has to be very painful, especially for a family who have always been so loving and close to their son.

    as a writer over the years, the most difficult article to write is about children who have been killed on the highways or around their neighbourhood.

    It is always very touching, and moreso when you have children of your own.
    We never get over the pain when losing a child. However, one gets strength in knowing that our loved ones are watching over us.

    You are a wonderful family.

    Frank Blackwood
    Newfoundland Writer

    **Native son of Wesleyville

  • Mark
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    No doubt in my mind that this was tragic , and it seems that the family isn't going to let it go away . I know that their son will always be in their hearts and minds and rightly so . The thing that does irk me a little is that i went into a store in Brampton last week and saw a book on sale called... The Matthew Churchill Story... or something like that , and i recognized the Title and the Photo on the cover . Honestly i thought it a bit strange why someone would come up with the idea of writing a story about what appears to be about a young Lad who was just out doing what Boys his age do . My neighbors Boy died at the hands of a drunk driver ten years ago and i guarantee you that there was much weeping and sorrow at the time . He was just a normal kid who did all the kid stuff as well He was into hockey and rollerblading and wrestling and all that stuff . He Volunteered as a Jr. crossing guard at the school bus drop-off and cut my grass when i was away. I guess my point is whether or not i would have been shocked if i had seen a book about his life on a store shelf. The answer is definitely yes . Please don't tell me there's a movie in the works. Then i'll know that this tragic situation has turned into something that it should never have been allowed to happen . I do not know Matthew's family and i want all to know that this is my opinion . Parents aren't supposed to bury their children, but life is what it is and we have to get on with it .

  • Maxine
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Whether or not a person feels that this is newsworthy or that the family needs to move on is irrelevant. I think it's wonderful to look at Matthew's parents smiling again!

  • Towny Girl
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    I agree that this tragedy is getting far too much press coverage. Everyone has to deal with death, but I resent the fact that everywhere you turn it's just thrown in your face. I'm sorry, but that's the way I feel. It's just too much for too long.

  • EzNewf
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    It would be easier to move on if some Justice was done here, but I, and many like me, don't think it was done here.

  • sandy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    This was certainly a tragic loss, as is every case when a child dies. I am wondering why after 4 years, the death of Matthew gets so much press time from the Telegram, as well as NTV? There have been so many Tragic deaths of children, as well as adults, over the past 4 years, but it seems to me Matthew's death is the only one covered by the telegram. Is this focus from the telegram or from the parents? If from the telegram, why is the focus only on one individual? Maybe the Telegram should have a Special Sections for tragic deaths for all.

  • Susi
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    I think it's great that this story is brought up every year on the anniversary of Matthew Churchill's death. It's a reminder of the senseless and tragic ending to a young life and the loss a family and friends have to endure for the rest of their years.

    I wish all the best to the young man's family and friends. Don't give up the fight.

  • Missy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    I have read all the comments here and I am appalled that so many people would belittle the grieving process of these parents!!!! How can one move on from losing a child? Its something a parent should never have to do. I think that writing an article like this every year or every 6 monhts or every month is just fine if thats what the family wants to do. It is getting awareness out there that things in our judicial system NEED to change. This is not only a story of how a life came to an end way too soon, its about a low life good for nothing got a slap on the wrist for taking it! If you don't want to read it, THEN DON'T!!!! No one is forcing you to read this.

  • Chuck
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    I didn't know Matthew or the Churchill family, but it's hard to believe that it has been 4 years since that young man was stolen from his family and friends. This was a terrible tragedy and was handled very poorly by our justice system. My thoughts and prayers are with Matthew, his family, and friends. Rest in peace.

  • g-man
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    my opinion only.i think its time for the parents and public to move on with this tragic event..i lost four family members in the past 2 yrs,and i dont think the telegram would write a story about that each year.i know grief, for a lost one its very hard,but there comes a time in life where we all should just move on..i hate being reminded of this every year..is the telegram going to publish this every year ? this annual greif should only show up in the memorium section, instead of the front page every year.thats where i put my messages of grief ,each year..please the telegram ,,move on..i will bet NTV news will run a 15 minuite news story on this again,tonite.i know some will disagree with me,but some others feel the same as i do,but are silent..

  • Colleen
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    My Son died a little over a year ago at 19 years of age and I knew his life would be brief as he was born with a rare chromosome abnormality. This past year seems just like yesterday and I imagine Matthew's parents feel the same after four years. I was given the honour to hold my Son in my arms when he died with 24 other family members and closest friends in the room, Matthew's parents were not given that choice. It is obvious that Rod and Desma have moved on with their lives, the smiles on their faces show that but that does not mean that they cannot at every opportunity honour the memory of their Son and the love they have for him by talking publically of his life. If it helps with their grief to see their Son's beautiful face and story in the telegram as often as possibe then I am all for it. However, I believe even more that Rod and Desma are sharing Matthew's story as often as they can in hopes to educate us all so that someday another child's life will be spared and another familes nightmare non-existant.

    May God continue to give you, Rod and Desma, the courage and strength to live your lives to the fullest and remember everyday what a special gift Matthew was.

    Sincerely,
    Colleen Fitzpatrick

  • Rick
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    My thoughts and prayers are with Mr & Mrs Churchill, who have to suffer another tragic loss which occurs far to often. My sister Galaxie Mercer & Herbie Morgan were killed 22 years ago in Blaketown, and not a single day goes by that i do not mourn the loss, and wonder what they might have grown to become, if given the chance. I still feel the anger as well, and wonder where the justice is? I wonder if soem VIP's child is harmed, god forbid, then maybe the laws will change to raise the penalties to such a level as to cause a reduction of the crimes?

    Rick Mercer

  • Christine
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Thank you to the Telegram and Danette Dooley for running this story. I am sure it is not easy for Rod and Desma Churchill to talk about that terrible night and to remember the past 4 years and what has been robbed from them. Leaving the scene of a crash is a cowardly criminal act. They do not need a story in The Telegram to keep Matthew's memory alive, Matthew did that by the wonderful life he led until it was taken from him. Thank you Rod and Desma for having the courage to do this and open your hearts and souls to us. If it makes us think about our choices when driving then hopefully others will not have to be victims to this crime.

  • Compassionate
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    My opinion only, I think Marks' thoughts on all of this should probably have been kept to himself...some things are better left unsaid....Mark, have you heard of if you can't say anything good don't say anything at all You say it was your neighbour's child who was killed, how can you compare that to the death of the Churchill's son...their own flesh and blood? It's clear that you don't understand, this is coming from Matthews' parents. Do you have a child or children of your own, I can't even begin to think how I would get through the death of my own child. Have some compassion! Rod and Desma, may God give you strength until you meet your dear angel again.

  • Tracey
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    I have lost a child as well, almost 17 years ago now...the sorrow and grief is as fressh today as it was the day my little girl took her last breath. I chose not to publish her story, but that is my choice and how I chose to handle my grief. If Rod and Desma want to publish Matthew's story every year, once or month, I believe that is their choice...Until you have lost a child you have no idea that amount of pain, grief and emptiness a parent feels... If you don't want to read the story than don't, BUT you have no right to judge parents for treasuring their child's memories...Memories are all that we have when we lose a child, and we are not wrong for wanting to share them... I hope those of you who have made these comments never have to suffer such a loss... Yes death is a part of life, but Parents should NEVER have to bury their child, its a pain and emptiness that never goes away...no matter how many children you have!!!

  • JK
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    It saddens me that there are people who put comments here to belittle the grieving process of this family. Telling this story is part of this process. br

  • Desma
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Just wondering why g-man does not use his real name?

    Don't read the article if you don't like the remembrance article for Matthew!

    If you haven't got NOTHING NICE to say...don't say NOTHING all at!

    Note...the article was requested by The Telegram, we, the parents aren't going to say no to such a wonderful honor and tribute to our son. I will always accept the honour of someone wanting to listen to me. As long as I have breath in my body. Therefore, MR. G get over YOURSELF!!

    Loving mom of Matthew (Desma)

  • Anna
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    To g-man from St John's, I'm so sorry for you loss. Please accept my condolences. br To Matthew's parents, I pray you continue to print this tragic story every year. One child or 10, it makes no difference if you had six, you would have had only one Matthew. You don't get over losing a child. I don't see how printing this tragic story every year is any different from showing and remembering the school shooting at Dawson College every year. The only difference in the way they were killed. Moving on and getting over are two very different things, and one of the things that makes it impossible to get over is the injustice of it all. I remember that case so well and wasn't surprised at the outcome in the courts. You'd be punished more severely if you killed a moose out of season. My thoughts and prayers go out to Matthews' parents and family. I wish I had your courage. After 26 years I can tell you, you do go on,but you don't get over. God bless . br Anna

  • joe
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    This young man is in heaven and will be joined by his parents in time to come.

    Having said that, this story and time of public grief should be left to rest and let us all move on.

    I truly believe this young man is at peace and wishes this same peace to all he left behind even those who were at fault.

    Life is just to short to dwell constantly on those terrible matters that happen in life and deprive yourself of the beauty of present day life.

    God bless the family

  • Gregory
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    g-man, I'm sorry for your loss but this is put in the paper every year to remember a beautiful life that was ended far to soon. They do this because Matt's family and friends choose to make sure that he will never be forgotten. There is an old saying: Time heals all wounds I was a firm believer of this until such a tragic event. Wounds never heal, the become easier to deal with but will never completely heal. I know until the day I die, I will remember every day how lucky I was to be a friend of Matt.

  • Tina
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    It has to be the worst feeling in the world when you lose a loved one. If having a story printed or aired helps you deal with the loss of your son go for it.

  • ashley
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    i met matt in junior high school.he ws a kind hearted soul and evertime that i saw him he was smiling he is here in soul and he will never be forgotten

    rest in peace matt
    see u at the golden gate.
    ashley howell(churchill)

  • Mark
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Hey Greg , i know it must have been a traumatic time for you , and i'll gaurentee that you'll never forget it . Even tho my neighbors in Milton re-located seven years ago , I'll always be reminded of the loss of their child , because every year on the anniversary of his death , i can read the Memoriam in the paper . Honestly , i don't dwell on it every day , but i'll always remember it because it was so unexpected . If nobody has already done , maybe you and your Buds could start a fundraiser of some sort and maybe Buy A trophy and present it to one of the Sports venues that Matthew was involved in . Certainly if there was enough in his shortened life to merit an Award in his honor , wouldn't that be a constant reminder of what a good kid he was . If anyone has already gone this route , then good for you . At least his name will result in making some other kid happy , and life goes on .

  • Barry
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    I hate to say it but I agree with g-man, it was a sad and tragic event but it is now time to move on.

  • Michelle
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    Even though I never knew Matthew or his parents, I can't help but feel their pain. I have small kids myself and can't imagine the hurt, anger, and sadness they've had to endure. My thoughts and prayers are with Rod and Desma.

  • L
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    g-man!!! I totally agree with your comment. I have too lost loved ones over the years and yes time heals. Move on!!!

  • Melinda
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Listen, show some compassion. Forget how many times you hear of this story, To me, its a reminder of how our justice system has failed us. br br Its sad that you guys are saying time will heal and get over it. I bet you guys haven't gone through the death of a child, and if you did it's probably a death by medical reasons. I think everyone needs to be reminded that everyone grieves differently...get over it!

  • BK
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    My heart goes out to the families that have lost loved ones. It's cruel and tragic. They need to move on now, though. Matthew and the little girl who was murdered should not be singled out for a news story. Many, many children die tragically and are never mentioned again in the news or on TV. God rest their souls, they are angels now, but are no different than other children.

  • Fishermans Wife
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    I have followed Matthew's story, and Rod and Desma's journey, through the media and the website, from the beginning. Once again I sit here and cry, my heart breaks for them, and all the untold stories like theirs.
    Everyone that has written above is entitled to an opinion, and everyone deals with grief differently....but Rod and Desma, you have honoured you son in the most amazing way, and I'm confident you have helped others with their grief along the way. God Bless you both, and God Bless Matthew.

  • Bruno
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    G-Man, If these stories bother you that much - don't read them, don't watch the NTV news, watch ABC, take a walk, get a bath, do whatever. I can't imagine loosing a child. I have a two year old son and it would take a whole lot more than four years to move on . These people didn't loose a pair of shoes. Have some compasion. If this helps the parents then God Bless.

  • Frank
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    It has to be very painful, especially for a family who have always been so loving and close to their son.

    as a writer over the years, the most difficult article to write is about children who have been killed on the highways or around their neighbourhood.

    It is always very touching, and moreso when you have children of your own.
    We never get over the pain when losing a child. However, one gets strength in knowing that our loved ones are watching over us.

    You are a wonderful family.

    Frank Blackwood
    Newfoundland Writer

    **Native son of Wesleyville

  • Mark
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    No doubt in my mind that this was tragic , and it seems that the family isn't going to let it go away . I know that their son will always be in their hearts and minds and rightly so . The thing that does irk me a little is that i went into a store in Brampton last week and saw a book on sale called... The Matthew Churchill Story... or something like that , and i recognized the Title and the Photo on the cover . Honestly i thought it a bit strange why someone would come up with the idea of writing a story about what appears to be about a young Lad who was just out doing what Boys his age do . My neighbors Boy died at the hands of a drunk driver ten years ago and i guarantee you that there was much weeping and sorrow at the time . He was just a normal kid who did all the kid stuff as well He was into hockey and rollerblading and wrestling and all that stuff . He Volunteered as a Jr. crossing guard at the school bus drop-off and cut my grass when i was away. I guess my point is whether or not i would have been shocked if i had seen a book about his life on a store shelf. The answer is definitely yes . Please don't tell me there's a movie in the works. Then i'll know that this tragic situation has turned into something that it should never have been allowed to happen . I do not know Matthew's family and i want all to know that this is my opinion . Parents aren't supposed to bury their children, but life is what it is and we have to get on with it .

  • Maxine
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    Whether or not a person feels that this is newsworthy or that the family needs to move on is irrelevant. I think it's wonderful to look at Matthew's parents smiling again!

  • Towny Girl
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    I agree that this tragedy is getting far too much press coverage. Everyone has to deal with death, but I resent the fact that everywhere you turn it's just thrown in your face. I'm sorry, but that's the way I feel. It's just too much for too long.

  • EzNewf
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    It would be easier to move on if some Justice was done here, but I, and many like me, don't think it was done here.

  • sandy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    This was certainly a tragic loss, as is every case when a child dies. I am wondering why after 4 years, the death of Matthew gets so much press time from the Telegram, as well as NTV? There have been so many Tragic deaths of children, as well as adults, over the past 4 years, but it seems to me Matthew's death is the only one covered by the telegram. Is this focus from the telegram or from the parents? If from the telegram, why is the focus only on one individual? Maybe the Telegram should have a Special Sections for tragic deaths for all.

  • Susi
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    I think it's great that this story is brought up every year on the anniversary of Matthew Churchill's death. It's a reminder of the senseless and tragic ending to a young life and the loss a family and friends have to endure for the rest of their years.

    I wish all the best to the young man's family and friends. Don't give up the fight.

  • Missy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    I have read all the comments here and I am appalled that so many people would belittle the grieving process of these parents!!!! How can one move on from losing a child? Its something a parent should never have to do. I think that writing an article like this every year or every 6 monhts or every month is just fine if thats what the family wants to do. It is getting awareness out there that things in our judicial system NEED to change. This is not only a story of how a life came to an end way too soon, its about a low life good for nothing got a slap on the wrist for taking it! If you don't want to read it, THEN DON'T!!!! No one is forcing you to read this.

  • Chuck
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    I didn't know Matthew or the Churchill family, but it's hard to believe that it has been 4 years since that young man was stolen from his family and friends. This was a terrible tragedy and was handled very poorly by our justice system. My thoughts and prayers are with Matthew, his family, and friends. Rest in peace.

  • g-man
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    my opinion only.i think its time for the parents and public to move on with this tragic event..i lost four family members in the past 2 yrs,and i dont think the telegram would write a story about that each year.i know grief, for a lost one its very hard,but there comes a time in life where we all should just move on..i hate being reminded of this every year..is the telegram going to publish this every year ? this annual greif should only show up in the memorium section, instead of the front page every year.thats where i put my messages of grief ,each year..please the telegram ,,move on..i will bet NTV news will run a 15 minuite news story on this again,tonite.i know some will disagree with me,but some others feel the same as i do,but are silent..

  • Colleen
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    My Son died a little over a year ago at 19 years of age and I knew his life would be brief as he was born with a rare chromosome abnormality. This past year seems just like yesterday and I imagine Matthew's parents feel the same after four years. I was given the honour to hold my Son in my arms when he died with 24 other family members and closest friends in the room, Matthew's parents were not given that choice. It is obvious that Rod and Desma have moved on with their lives, the smiles on their faces show that but that does not mean that they cannot at every opportunity honour the memory of their Son and the love they have for him by talking publically of his life. If it helps with their grief to see their Son's beautiful face and story in the telegram as often as possibe then I am all for it. However, I believe even more that Rod and Desma are sharing Matthew's story as often as they can in hopes to educate us all so that someday another child's life will be spared and another familes nightmare non-existant.

    May God continue to give you, Rod and Desma, the courage and strength to live your lives to the fullest and remember everyday what a special gift Matthew was.

    Sincerely,
    Colleen Fitzpatrick

  • Rick
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    My thoughts and prayers are with Mr & Mrs Churchill, who have to suffer another tragic loss which occurs far to often. My sister Galaxie Mercer & Herbie Morgan were killed 22 years ago in Blaketown, and not a single day goes by that i do not mourn the loss, and wonder what they might have grown to become, if given the chance. I still feel the anger as well, and wonder where the justice is? I wonder if soem VIP's child is harmed, god forbid, then maybe the laws will change to raise the penalties to such a level as to cause a reduction of the crimes?

    Rick Mercer

  • Christine
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    Thank you to the Telegram and Danette Dooley for running this story. I am sure it is not easy for Rod and Desma Churchill to talk about that terrible night and to remember the past 4 years and what has been robbed from them. Leaving the scene of a crash is a cowardly criminal act. They do not need a story in The Telegram to keep Matthew's memory alive, Matthew did that by the wonderful life he led until it was taken from him. Thank you Rod and Desma for having the courage to do this and open your hearts and souls to us. If it makes us think about our choices when driving then hopefully others will not have to be victims to this crime.

  • Compassionate
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    My opinion only, I think Marks' thoughts on all of this should probably have been kept to himself...some things are better left unsaid....Mark, have you heard of if you can't say anything good don't say anything at all You say it was your neighbour's child who was killed, how can you compare that to the death of the Churchill's son...their own flesh and blood? It's clear that you don't understand, this is coming from Matthews' parents. Do you have a child or children of your own, I can't even begin to think how I would get through the death of my own child. Have some compassion! Rod and Desma, may God give you strength until you meet your dear angel again.

  • Tracey
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    I have lost a child as well, almost 17 years ago now...the sorrow and grief is as fressh today as it was the day my little girl took her last breath. I chose not to publish her story, but that is my choice and how I chose to handle my grief. If Rod and Desma want to publish Matthew's story every year, once or month, I believe that is their choice...Until you have lost a child you have no idea that amount of pain, grief and emptiness a parent feels... If you don't want to read the story than don't, BUT you have no right to judge parents for treasuring their child's memories...Memories are all that we have when we lose a child, and we are not wrong for wanting to share them... I hope those of you who have made these comments never have to suffer such a loss... Yes death is a part of life, but Parents should NEVER have to bury their child, its a pain and emptiness that never goes away...no matter how many children you have!!!

  • JK
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    It saddens me that there are people who put comments here to belittle the grieving process of this family. Telling this story is part of this process. br

  • Desma
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    Just wondering why g-man does not use his real name?

    Don't read the article if you don't like the remembrance article for Matthew!

    If you haven't got NOTHING NICE to say...don't say NOTHING all at!

    Note...the article was requested by The Telegram, we, the parents aren't going to say no to such a wonderful honor and tribute to our son. I will always accept the honour of someone wanting to listen to me. As long as I have breath in my body. Therefore, MR. G get over YOURSELF!!

    Loving mom of Matthew (Desma)

  • Anna
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    To g-man from St John's, I'm so sorry for you loss. Please accept my condolences. br To Matthew's parents, I pray you continue to print this tragic story every year. One child or 10, it makes no difference if you had six, you would have had only one Matthew. You don't get over losing a child. I don't see how printing this tragic story every year is any different from showing and remembering the school shooting at Dawson College every year. The only difference in the way they were killed. Moving on and getting over are two very different things, and one of the things that makes it impossible to get over is the injustice of it all. I remember that case so well and wasn't surprised at the outcome in the courts. You'd be punished more severely if you killed a moose out of season. My thoughts and prayers go out to Matthews' parents and family. I wish I had your courage. After 26 years I can tell you, you do go on,but you don't get over. God bless . br Anna

  • joe
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    This young man is in heaven and will be joined by his parents in time to come.

    Having said that, this story and time of public grief should be left to rest and let us all move on.

    I truly believe this young man is at peace and wishes this same peace to all he left behind even those who were at fault.

    Life is just to short to dwell constantly on those terrible matters that happen in life and deprive yourself of the beauty of present day life.

    God bless the family

  • Gregory
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    g-man, I'm sorry for your loss but this is put in the paper every year to remember a beautiful life that was ended far to soon. They do this because Matt's family and friends choose to make sure that he will never be forgotten. There is an old saying: Time heals all wounds I was a firm believer of this until such a tragic event. Wounds never heal, the become easier to deal with but will never completely heal. I know until the day I die, I will remember every day how lucky I was to be a friend of Matt.

  • Tina
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    It has to be the worst feeling in the world when you lose a loved one. If having a story printed or aired helps you deal with the loss of your son go for it.

  • ashley
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    i met matt in junior high school.he ws a kind hearted soul and evertime that i saw him he was smiling he is here in soul and he will never be forgotten

    rest in peace matt
    see u at the golden gate.
    ashley howell(churchill)

  • Mark
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    Hey Greg , i know it must have been a traumatic time for you , and i'll gaurentee that you'll never forget it . Even tho my neighbors in Milton re-located seven years ago , I'll always be reminded of the loss of their child , because every year on the anniversary of his death , i can read the Memoriam in the paper . Honestly , i don't dwell on it every day , but i'll always remember it because it was so unexpected . If nobody has already done , maybe you and your Buds could start a fundraiser of some sort and maybe Buy A trophy and present it to one of the Sports venues that Matthew was involved in . Certainly if there was enough in his shortened life to merit an Award in his honor , wouldn't that be a constant reminder of what a good kid he was . If anyone has already gone this route , then good for you . At least his name will result in making some other kid happy , and life goes on .