A life well lived

We have lost a huge personality who gave a lot of joy, laughter and happiness to colleagues, students and friends. Words seem so redundant at times like these. I want you to know that you are in my thoughts. I still can't quite believe it. What a loss to future students as he was a fabulous teacher and had a great way of putting things into perspective for stressed colleagues with a funny quip. I remember that the 2 of us would be the first in the staffroom of a morning to prepare lessons on the summer course. Good times.

I worked with Matt at Banbury too and it was a great pleasure.  He liked to spread the 'Chaddy love' and made us smile every day with his enthusiasm and love for life.  I watched him teach during his interview for Banbury and we knew without a doubt he was the one, the children loved him.

Thank you for having the strength to let us know about Matt. This is very sad, but also a release as I know that he was struggling. I don’t want to speak for the team but only for myself now. It was a genuine privilege to have known you and Matt, and it’s people like yourselves that make this job worthwhile. You are inspirational, which is worth more than any course or lecture that we attend.

I am so so Very sorry but so glad it was a peaceful end for Matt so so many fond memories of Matt and you all and such a fight he put up. What a courageous man and what a privilege for all of us to have known him and been a part of his and all your lives. xxxx 

We are so glad that you were able to find such a loving husband and a special friend and so pleased we were able to celebrate your special day with you both... and to get to know our son in law. Thank you both for that.

My beautiful brave boy, how are we going to live without you. Your fight is over, ours is only just beginning. You were the most beautiful baby, endearing toddler and a very very difficult teenager who matured into a fine, handsome and so courageous man. Rest peacefully my wonderful son. All my love mum XXX

Today one of the brightest lights in my life has gone out.  As through the rest of his life, he fought to the very end.  Words can not describe how proud I am to call you my brother, or how I will miss you.  Sleep well, Matthew, we will always love you x

Matt was one in a million.
We never really had that much time together - a few weeks of teacher training, a few weeks at Concord, and a couple of other days here and there - but right from the beginning, I felt that I could tell him anything. He used to laugh at the situations I got myself into, but it was a laugh of kindness and warmth. He was fantastic, and I'll never forget him.
What an incredible and difficult journey you and have Matt travelled together. Thank you for sharing it with us. We are honoured to have gotten to know Matt, his many stories and tit-bits of random knowledge. I now know how to tell if a piece of fruit is high in anti-oxidants or not. Although when we saw Matt last month he was unable to communicate, on leaving he gave us the biggest hugs imaginable and they spoke more than words could have. His love of life and people was expressed clearly in his bear hugs. You have both been an inspiration to us and many others I am sure. Matt fought hard to the end and his determination and zest for life is a challenge for all of us to aspire to. Matt we will not forget what you have taught us.

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