- 27 years old
- Date of birth: May 20, 1985
- Place of birth:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
- Date of passing: Apr 17, 2013
- Place of passing:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
|"The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Matt’s most loved philosopher)|
"I only knew Matt from a Tufts program and never even knew about his cancer. What I remember most is how upbeat, kind and friendly he was to absolutely everyone he met, always laughing and smiling. Knowing now what he must have been dealing with then, I am all the more impressed by his character. My heart goes out to the Sheas and everyone else touched by Matt's life. - Amanda"
I am devastated to hear this news. Please know you can call me anytime if you need anything at all. I'm sending you love and prayers,
Kirsten (your old neighbor)"
"Although, I only knew Matt from a few family functions over the years, I have found myself thinking of him often this past month. Realizing what I have lost in never getting a chance to know him better. I grieve for your loss and know he is in a better place. Time will not erase the pain of loss but hopefully allow you to rejoice in the life he did lead. God Bless!"
"To laugh often and much;To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;To leave the world a bit better . . .To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - This is to have succeeded." *5/20/85 A life full of success"
"I have been taught that God is closest to us when we suffer, sometimes even carrying us as the Footprints prayer shows us. Matt lived his life like he knew this to be true. I was truly inspired by his example. Thank you Matt for all that you taught me and continue to teach me. Love never ends."
"In Memoriam entry from photographer and friend Scott A Woodward:
"Dearest Meg and the Shea family - Although I only knew Matt through Meg's stories, his kind and generous heart shone through them, just like in these pictures. Thank you so much for sharing these happy memories of Matt with us all. It's clear how very special he was to everyone around him.
- Anna Morris, Singapore"
"So many wonderful memories of Matt...he was a loving, kind, gentle and patient person, especially to me. I'll always cherish our talks and ridiculous games long after the bus had gone...<3 Gill"
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." -Henry Thoreau
Matt, you lived and lived well, with love, kindness, gentleness and humor. What more could any of us ask?
Your Uncle Joe"
"My sincere condolences. May you find comfort and the strength to cope.
~ P E"
"Dear Phil, Kathy, and Meghan, my deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you all. You were the first family I ever babysat for and were so welcoming and kind. I remember lots of good times with Meghan and Matt. I more recently saw Matt at Children's - what a positive, inspirational, kind and considerate young man. Peace.....Amy (Keaney) Hull"
"RIP Matt Shea, WHS Alumni '04. Matt battled cancer since his JR year and was a true inspiration for all who knew him.
@Walpole Coaches @WalpoleTrack 18 Apr"
"One of my favorite track memories was watching Matt take a lap around the Reggie to a round of applause from the whole league his SR year.
@Walpole Coaches @WalpoleTrack"
"He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper
but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances.
- David Hume"
"Kathy and family, I only met Matt once, at the Compass golf event and my memory of that day is Matt's smile. Through my sister, Nancy Sandman and my niece, Alison, I have heard countless stories of Matt's courage and wonderful personality. He was so resilient and made a huge impression on anyone who heard his story. My love and thoughts are with you.
~ Jean Sandman Manthorne,"
"Dear Kathy and Family,
We are sad to hear the news of Matt's passing. No words can any express or ease the sadness that you are going through .Remember the happy days he had here in Walpole . He was liked by many and loved by everyone .
The Constantino Family of Walpole
~ Kathy Constantino,"
"Matt, Although I did not know you well I am proud to say I am your cousin... The love and dignity you showed was amazing...and what joy you brought Dad , Mom, Meghan and all the Shea's and O'neill's .. I can hear your Grandfather Leo with his boistrous voice greeting you when you arrived in Heaven... "Good job young man.. life well lived" XOXO
Rosemary Gavin Coughlan"
"Kathy and family - our hearts and prayers are with you - Matt fought such a good, long, INSPIRATIONAL fight all these years - he is now at peace and pain-free - much love, Auntie Helen and Maryellen"
"Phil, I hope you can take some comfort in knowing that you loved, respected and supported Matthew through his triumphs and his struggles. He was lucky to come from such a loving family, both the family he grew up in and the one he created. I carry your loss in my heart.
"Shea family, I send my prayers and condolences are with you. Matt without a doubt lived such a full life with lots of love from a great family around him. When I saw him he was always such a happy person and a huge smile. :)
~ Eric Gava,"
"My prayers and condolences to the Shea and O'Neill families
~ Janet Wheeler"
"phil- you and your family are in my thoughts and heart.
~ jim frutkin"
"To the Shea family, Our thoughts and hearts are with you. In honor of Matt, I am bringing the "pink Jesus statue" he gave Jenny for Christmas one year. Matt's sense of humor lives on!!! With love, Lynda and Don Deprez"
"To Phil and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this very painful time. With heartfelt condolences, we wish your journey in healing to be inspired by Matthew and his love for you.
...Don and Cindy Corriveau"
"A Dana Farber Article on Matt:
"Kathy, Meghan and Family.
Please know that Matt and all of you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
With kindest regards and love,
Yolanda and Gene Zampitella
~ Yolanda Zampitella, Malden, Massachusetts"
"With Heartfelt Sympathy Phil,
Matt lived valiantly and courageously. His approach to life is inspirational. My condolences to you and your family.
~ Tom Loftus, Assonet, Massachusetts (As posted on the Boston Globe guest book)"
"I remember when Matt was a Peer Minister at Blessed Sacrament, while still in High School. He helped me to teach Confirmation students. He would show up for every class, despite being visibly exhausted from his cancer treatments. His presence inspired us all. I will never forget this and he certainly helped me and many students through their faith journey.Condolences Brian and Donna Gannon"
"April 23, 2013
Kathy,Meg and Phil,
Heaven has another angel watching over us all..Matt made the world around him a better place. He made a difference.
At this most difficult time please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.May God Bless you all.
~ Don and Eileen Buckley, Franklin, Massachusetts"
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