Mathew Tietz
  • 19 years old
  • Date of birth: May 13, 1994
  • Place of birth:
    Toronto, Canada
  • Date of passing: Sep 19, 2013
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory no one can steal

This memorial website was created in dedication for Mathew Tietz. The memories of Mathew's family and friends are here, to know and remember him forever. Please share your memories, photos, stories and thoughts throughout the website


Mathew passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on September 19, 2013. Beloved son of Frank and Kim. Loving boyfriend of Maria. Best friend of Antonio & Freddy. He will be forever cherished in the hearts of his God parents, many aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives, friends and gamers all throughout the world. We will never forget you Mathew.

September 19, 2015 Remembrance Video

Having family and friends gather together in Memory of Mathew. It has been now 2 long years of Mathew leaving us. The journey has been full of detours, road blocks and dead ends. Another birthday gone, Halloween, Christmas and now year 2. Seeing the faces of so many yesterday just warmed our hearts to see the love hasn't been forgotten. We released balloons 19 of them plus 2. Just like last year... they all followed eachother and went straight up to the brightest star. I only hope he had an audience with him while watching his loved ones send him wishes from here. The amount of Angels that have left us too soon only tells me they had their own party up in the skies. We have to say that the offerings of help that came yesterday told us that we pull together like dough,, and rise like yeast when the baking is all done.. Thank you to all of you who came yesterday and helped with all the trimmings that we needed help for. From yummy desserts and finger foods to drinks and Hallepino relish.. Oh did I say that Roma Toffan and June O'Reilly. The evening was hard and busy and overwhelming,, but I wouldn't trade it in for anything,, well actually yes I would,, TO HAVE MATHEW BACK.
The tables and chairs and BBQ from Nezia Pavao Dias and Kenny Dias none of this would have gone this smooth. The amounts of flowers and wine and home made cakes and Mathews favorite cookies from Theresa Malek. My friends are not just friends to us,, they are my extended family and couldn't make it through with out them.Karen Stone you just rock,, All the fixings you do for us,, putting out the food and setting up. Big thank you to June O'Reilly for all the cooking you did at the BBQ and putting up with Frank. Thank you Cindy Del Tatto for bringing us the coffee and donuts. Antonio Raposo,, my heart just breaks when I see you. I know how much you miss Matt and I can hear his heart break for you. The website you created for Mathew is like no other gift. That is a priceless gift. Knowing you will keep the memory of Mathew going for as long as we can. I promised Mathew we would keep his memory alive and plan to do this again next year.. So family and friends of ours... and Mathews.. please mark down on your calendar,,, same time, same place next year.. MATHEW MAY YOU HAVE CAUGHT ALL THE BALLOONS THAT WERE SENT TO YOU FROM ALL OF US HERE...


The Sick Kids Foundation recently made a video of Mathew during his stay in the hospital. You can watch it at:

May 13th, 2014
I wish you were here today
even for just a little while,
So I could say "HAPPY BIRTHDAY MATHEW" our son
and see your beautiful smile
The only gifts today will be,
the gifts you left behind
The laughter, joy and happiness
Precious memories of the best kind
Today I'll do my very best
to try and find a happy place...
Struggling to hide my heavy HEART
and the tears on my face
I'll sit quietly and look at your picture
thinking of with love,
hoping your doing OK
in HEAVEN up above
May the Angels hold you close and sing a happy song
Ank I'll be sending wishes to you today and all year long

We'll have some candles and cake too...
Have a drink and a toast to you
This would be your 20th birthday,
With so much life ahead

Freddy still sleeps at your door and waits for you to come home
We miss you so much my boy and the pain is so deep


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Matthew De Persiis on 18th May 2016

"Happy birthday Matt, miss you buddy hope the heavens are throwing you a party, see you soon buddy.

I am looking up today and I trust
you are looking down
Because today is your birthday and I am
insisting on smiles and not a single frown
I know this is what you would ask for
because you always thought of other folk
So look at your smiley family laughing and
having a joke

We always puzzled what to buy you when this
day came each year
You would always say “nothing - as long as you
visit I know you care”
So we would do the usual, buying you gifts that
would be useful one day
and you would express your delight as you put them quietly away

I like to think you are looking down on us in your
caring way
Especially today which is very special because
today is your  birthday
So  I hope the angels are singing and you are
celebrating big style
But take a moment from your celestial celebrations to
spend with us looking down for awhile

Never forget Happy Birthday!"

This tribute was added by June O'Reilly on 13th May 2016

"forever and always
we are not our bodies
we are the spirit that resides inside
we all will walk through that door
and be welcomed home again
till that moment
with a smile, and a giant wave of love
I think of you and remember you

♪ღ♪░H░A░P░P░Y░ B░I░R░T░H░D░A░Y░░♪ღ♪

This tribute was added by Theresa Malek on 13th May 2016

"Missing Mathew today which would have been his 22nd birthday.  Sending him love in heaven!"

This tribute was added by Kim Tietz on 19th September 2015

"Two years ago today ,, we lost the best son anyone could ask for. You lost your ulimate best friend (bro) and family and friends lost a true Hero. The world is so empty without Mathew here. Things that used to matter no longer have a place for us. Some may say we are being hard on ourselves and that Mathew wouldn't want it this way. Honestly, some days are easier I guess than others but nothing changes in the heart. One day at a time I hear so often. The clock ticks, and ticks and ticks... Even though 2 years ago may seem long to some,,, its only a few breaths away for us. We miss you Mathew so much and just can't understand why you were choosen to have such hardships to deal with... We hope the Angels know what they have in the STARS ABOVE."

This tribute was added by June O'Reilly on 19th September 2015

"a light in the sky
that's what you are now
a soul so bright
you fill the night sky
that's all we are
that's all we take
and you my friend
are loved

remembering you everyday"

This tribute was added by Theresa Malek on 13th May 2015

"I always thought I'd dance at Mathews wedding but God had other plans.  I'll always remember his happy smile and his fun mischief.   Happy 21st birthday, I hope heaven has Ice cream cakes!"

This tribute was added by June O'Reilly on 13th May 2015

♪ღ♪░H░A░P░P░Y░ B░I░R░T░H░D░A░Y░░♪ღ♪

never far from my thoughts
always in my heart ♥♥"

This tribute was added by June O'Reilly on 19th September 2014

"I saw the joy
I felt the love
I remember the laughter
I know the strength
he shared
he was
he gave
he received
he left for us
to carry on
with love
I keep your memory alive"

This tribute was added by Theresa Malek on 19th September 2014

"Can it really be a year since you left us?
You are thought of often and will be missed forever.  It was wonderful to have known you.  Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Isabel Quintaneiro-Minatel on 13th June 2014

"I had the privilege of teaching Mathew in my Gr.3 class at Our Lady of Victory. I have such fond memories of Mathew; such a kind, gentle soul. He got along with everyone and kept such a positive outlook. Amazing that he was able to be so positive at such a young age considering what he was going through. My heart goes out to Mr.and Mrs.Tietz and to Mathew's family and friends. He is greatly missed and we are all better for habing known him. Rest in Peace Mathew, God bless you!"

This tribute was added by Elena Coggon on 29th May 2014

"Mathew was a student of mine when he attended Our Lady of Victory.  He was a gentle soul and although we have lost an angel here, Heaven has gained such a wonderful spirit.  Mathew, this loss continues to break my heart.  May you always know that you were truly loved.  Keep smiling in Heaven and know that you have left a beautiful print on my heart forever.  Blessing you always for touching my life.  You will never be forgotten.  Elena Succi"

This tribute was added by Matthew De Persiis on 13th May 2014

"Happy 20th birthday Matt ! Miss seeing you around I know that you are always around me and your good friends that were close to you throughout your life, I know your watching over all of us each and everyday. I know that your always around and I've had great times with you when we hung out and I know we will continue our friendship soon. Happy 20th birthday Matt party hard up in heaven ! You will be forever missed, from your good friend Matthew De Persiis"

This tribute was added by Adri BooneageBaby on 13th May 2014

"Its Because of Matt i am where i am with dogs today..

It started when him and his best bud Freddy came for a walk with my newer addition shadow, I was about 13 years old, we walked down jasper park and shadow started acting up, I was tugging and pulling the leash looking at Freddy walk beside matt leash-free.. stress free, I looked at him and said "how.. TEACH ME YOUR WAYS" he laughed and threw his arm on my shoulder grabbed shadows leash and said.. "just breath..relax"
feeling like an idiot I looked away as if to say, yea okay matt breathing isn't going to help me with this dog.. he gave shadow a little tug and with a stern voice said "walk with me shadow" and I swear to you the rest of the way that dog walked beside him... to this day my command is "walk with me"... matt, Thank you, for showing me patience and guidance for proving to me that sometimes all we need to do is just breath, i miss you every day and i know you are always around me. I'm sorry for the bad times we have gone through but i assure you that there is nothing but good memories over powering them all, you where a true honest and loyal friend and still are. xoxoxo -boonie.
happy birthday"

This tribute was added by Theresa Malek on 13th May 2014

"Happy 20th birthday Mathew.  You're far away but you have left a wonderful presence here on earth that will always be remembered.  Keep smiling down on us all!"

This tribute was added by mark kent on 5th May 2014

"im so sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Matthew De Persiis on 1st May 2014

"Mathew will always be remembered for all the times he made us happy, the way he made everyone laugh, the way he was always happy and treated everyone with respect will always show how great of a person Mathew was. Mathew was a great friend of mine and I will always remember all the times when we were younger either playing sports, playing video games, hanging out at his house, going to his birthday party in elementary school every moment I had being good friends with Mathew I will always cherish because Mathew was a great person, a great role model and the strongest person I've ever met. Mathew was the strongest person I've ever met he wen through so much and alway had a smile on his face, Mathew shows us to never give up and one day we will meet again Mathew my great friend, he's watching from above and Mathew will never be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Antonio Raposo on 30th April 2014

"Friends Forever,

Explaining the definition of true friendship is certainly difficult to write into simple words. The past couple months have been a rollercoaster of emotions for everyone I’m sure and instead of explaining how sick he was or how much he suffered in the way he did, I decided to share with you the Mathew I will forever remember, despite his uninvited illness he was still an astonishing person.

Mathew was that type of person that never seemed upset or angry toward anyone. He was an honest and open person whom would speak his mind. We would spend our summer months as kids at the cottage swimming, fishing and just having fun. Since a young age I had stuck with Mathew through thick and thin and don’t regret a second of it. Nothing was more important to Matt than family and friends. We all have our own memories of him to share, so let’s remember and cherish those moments. He would want us to be happy.

Taking a step back from everything that has happened and reflecting on it has really opened my eyes as to how strong Mathew was and how proud I am of him. He continued to have a positive outlook on life no matter how bad things had gotten. He would always be there I will be my role model. My beloved brother you will be forever remembered."

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