- 40 years old
- Date of birth: Jun 11, 1972
- Place of birth:
Medical Lake, Washington, United States
- Date of passing: Jul 19, 2012
- Place of passing:
Eagle River, Alaska, United States
|Let the memory of Matthew be with us forever|
"Well, somehow I've found myself here again. 4 years later, Mr. D, and people still remember your legacy. It's quite evident Tia loved you very much while you were here... Couldn't help but tear up at all those tributes she left for you, as well as many of the other's.
What can I even say? You've made an enormous impact in my life, an unforgettable imprint in my mind of your leadership. Always humble, and fully competent. You understood that although attitude isn't everything, it's most important; you portrayed that very well in your everyday life. You weren't burdened by us young'uns (a bit younger at the time, anyways) desiring to talk to you, joke with you, work with you, ask you questions, etc. Your fellowship was always a treasure.
You were continually willing to lend a hand, even when it may have been quite inconvenient. I can't forget the story Master T. told about you--upon receiving his phone call requesting help with his car problem in the early morning of winter--immediately heading out the door to go help.
You taught me many truths about life that I still hold to today:
"Practice doesn't make perfect... Perfect practice makes perfect."
"Not being able to become completely perfect just means you can always get better."
"Champions are always ready for one more [ready for that extra push, just in case]."
When I think of all your kindness, your spirit, and your love for life and people, I always remind myself it's just the tiniest fraction of the love of Jesus... And that's what your experiencing right now... The presence of a perfect, loving, righteous, joy-filled, awesome God.
Sometimes I'll tear up when I think of you and I'll ask God about why you had to go so early. Maybe that was His way of passing your baton onto the rest of us. I don't know. There's a lot about death that I don't understand. One thing I know is this: Your legacy will carry on.
I sure do miss you. A part of me wants to kick you in the rear whenever I see you again for leaving us all so soon, but I'll probably just end up giving you a big hug.
Thank you, Lord, that this man has blessed my life, as well as so many others. May we continue to carry his torch.
Rock on, Mr. D. Rock on forever."
"dad, four years down and a lifetime to go. four years ago today we were standing over your dead body and I thought to myself why. why you. why does my dad have to die. I still do not get why but I don't think I ever will. I'm sorry. I took you for granted while you were alive. I wish I could go back and cherish every moment we had together. to hold on to the last things you said to me, to hold on to the comfort of your hug. all I want right now is to be watching the news with you like we used to and listen to the beat of your heart. to hug you and tell you how much I love you. it hurts knowing I will never be able to see your face or hear your goofy laugh or lame jokes. memories of you seem like a really good dream and then i have to wake up and face the world with out you. i love you dad."
"Hey dad, it's your birthday. You'd be 44 years old today and we'd probably be camping like normal and I'd probably try to make you a birthday cake in the camper and we'd have a good time as a family, but you're not and it is so hard still. It's been almost four years and I still just can't believe you're gone forever. It just feels so surreal that I used to have you to call dad and you're not here anymore. The memories I have feel like a life time ago and I wish that wasn't all I had I wish you could still be here and comfort me when I'm stressed over something dumb or push me to be a better version of me. I miss you and wish you were still alive so I could say this in person."
"Hey dad it's been three years since you died and I can honestly say I've never ever ever missed anyone or anything more than I miss you. You were my best friend and I never could imagine growing up with out you. Everyone says it gets easier but honestly it doesn't it just gets more normal. Which is weird I can't believe I can't play the last hit game or jump on your back or just watch a movie laying on your stomach while you sleep. I can't believe all the things I took for granted and wish I could go back in time to relieve the best 12 years of my life. I need my dad here to help raise me and I know you're here but I just wish you could see all my acomplishments and celebrate them with me in person like most dads do. I hope I make you proud in everything I do and I try to live my life like you would have wanted me too. I miss you and I love you so very much."
"Dad, I miss you so much and more everyday. I miss watching the news after school with you and taking a nap while you watch it and I miss the last hit and playing games and going camping and just knowing that if I messed up you would still love me and be my dad. I still can't believe you're gone. I still ask myself when your coming home for dinner and then have to remind myself that you're not. I wish I had a chance to say bye to you and I wish I had another minuet with you. It's been over 2 years and this hasn't gotten any easier.I miss you so much and I love you."
"My thoughts are with the DelRosso family today. I am sure it is a hard and sad day for everyone. Stay well and strong."
"I cannot believe it has been two years. I remember the times we went fishing. Those were great time I will not forget. I was so blessed that you were our wedding. God Bless, my friend. I know you are in a wonderful place and we will be meet again."
"Mr D. We miss you terribly. Your loss is still felt strongly. Trevor still grieves you. Ethan thinks of you first on his birthday. I have tears still as I type this. Wish you were here but know you are in a place much better than we are. Happy birthday. We love and miss you."
"Matt, I was just thinking about you and here there is a email about your birthday. You are missed, but yet I have comfort knowing that you are with the Heavenly Father. Happy Birthday my friend."
"It's been almost 2 years since Matt's passing and some days I feel invincible and other days I feel quite the opposite. I still find myself looking at the spot where he lay and I can see the scene all over again in my head. I still can't remember conversations I had even months after his passing but I'm sure God does that to protect us. I bought a Bronco for Ty to fix up and drive-something Matt always wanted to do. As I start packing for our move to another home, I'm flooded with memories. The kids are so terrific and I am so overwhelmingly proud of them. We done good, Mattie."
"My thoughts are with Matt's family. I think it would be nice if all of Matt's friends and family performed a random act of kindness in his memory and honor. I think he would like that very much. Making the world a little better in Matt's honor, how cool is that?"
I can't believe it has been a year already. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you, mom, and Danny. I know you guys are cheering me on to finally graduate from college!!! I will have my AAHCA in September and my BAHCA two years from now. Thank you for being such an inspiration to me and my family. Until we meet again.. I <3 u!"
"Mr D... There is so much I could say. We miss you. Your presence. Your laugh. Your infectious personality. You made us better. Some people leave more of a mark than others. You left a big one which leaves us a big hole. I hope you are bouncing like tigger and kiaping wasabis for Jesus. Ethan having his birthday as your passing day will always connect you both. Missed u at nationals."
"I can't believe it's been a year. Dad I miss you with all my heart and I know it will get better, it has, but a day doesn't go by where I don't think of you and shed a tear...I miss you so much and not having you here is the hardest thing in my life. I hate the fact that you won't be here when I grow older and I wish you would be. I love you!"
"It's hard to believe that a year has already passed. We miss you and I'm sure we always will. We've made a lot of memories and have shared a lot of laughs. Tyler and Tia are such wonderful kids and I am so thankful that they have such great memories of you. We talk about you all the time and will always love you."
"I cannot believe its been a year since Matt passed. I'm praying Suzan and the kids are doing as we'll as can be expected and Melissa you are wonderful for keeping Matt's spirit alive. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you..."
"Suzan, Matt was an amazing man and I am forever grateful of the impact he had on my children . Jess and Jaycen were heartbroken to learn of his passing and Jess remembered him as the one who made TKD fun and always helped her not be nervous during testing. We remember him fondly and miss him greatly. Prayers to you, Tyler and Tia."
I thank God every day that he brought me to TKD, and that I got to know you. I'm thankful for all the things you taught me, and that you became a part of my life. More, I'm glad that you chose to spend time with me, and I've never had a better friend and instructor. I know I'll see you again in heaven; I can take comfort in that. RIP."
You have blessed our family in the short time we have known you. We will forever be grateful for the impact you have made in our children Laura and Gabriel. You were loved by them beyond all words.
You had a gift of teaching and you used your talent well for the glory of the Lord and blessed many, many lives."
"I remember when Matthew and Danny were born. While I live on the East Coast, I only saw them a few times but always kept contact with Cathy and Bob through the years and knew about their lives. I am so sorry for the entire family. I will pray for Matthew's family. Matt was a good family man and made his mark in a short time.. Mission accomplished."
"Matt, work will never be the same. You were a great friend and co-worker. Whenever I had questions you were always there to answer them. You were a great teacher, wonderful with patients, and a great person who will be missed. Thank you for being there for me when I was concerned about Sam and checking on him to see how he was doing. It meant so much to me. I miss you my friend."
"Mattie, Working with you in LifeGuard, we all had our ups and downs. At the end of the day you were always there to talk to & or call on for whatever. I will never forget your smile :) We were all family and now a member of our family is gone & will be missed. Say "Hello" to John, Lance and Cameron. My prayers to your family! God Bless Mattie!! You are a Angel in the Sky!"
"Matt you are always in the hearts of my family is alive.
We pity the heart of the family, Susan and their families will have to understand.
Susan! Look forward for your family, keep your head up.
I love you all."
Oh my god!
I am facing the news is really true?
I can hardly believe it.
How did this happen there?
This vivid memories with you, but ...
Suzan, Tyler, Tia With your family and you will not want to shame the reality is."
"Dad, I always loved you. You were always there for me. I'm going to miss you more than anything else in the world. I know now that every time that you punished me or pushed me harder than I thought I could go it was only for me. You always were about others and I will mess you a lot. I love you."
"Matt, my friend for 22 years. I sit here still in shock knowing your no longer here but I have grace in knowing that I did know you. You were a great dad, husband and friend. I'll miss you more than anyone can ever know and promise to not let life slip by anymore as I live in your shadow! I love you brother!!!"
There are no words to say how much I will miss you and what an impact you have made on my life. Your smile, your kiap's, your big bear huggs...no one will ever fill those shoes! Memories of Senior Nationals and TKD...you were an inspiration to us all. We will love your family and keep them in our care. Till we meet again. HDawg"
"Matt, You were one of my best friends. We grew up together, laughed, cried and got into trouble together...always good times. We spent hours sitting in that big tree by your house in Medical Lake. We also loved to give your Big brother Danny a hard time. I suppose you can do that for the both of us now. You will be missed my friend."
"This is from Sonny Payne,
Matt I will miss you so much, I looked up to you even though we were the same age. I have tried to raise my children the way you raised yours, with love, care, and teaching them how to have fun. I will keep trying to raise my children the way you raised yours in honor of you. Mucktuk Matt I miss you, say hi to mom and danny."
"Susan, Tyler, & Tia
I am so sorry for your loss. He was an amazing man. Matt was always there for anybody that needed help, support, or just to talk. He will be missed greatly! Matt will always be in my heart, and missed dearly!"
"Son, brother, boyfriend, husband, daddy, nurse, instructor, Master D. Lots of titles but you were always my Superman. It didn't take me long to fall in love with you and know you were the one I was to spend the rest of my life with, raising children and growing old with. We almost made it. Our children are amazing and we adored you so much. You will always be my endless love."
"Sweet Matt. You were a sweet young boy and grew into an awesome man. You were kind, funny and full of spunk. I know that you love the Lord, and that gives me the joy of knowing that I will see you again in Heaven. I love you!
"My heart is broken with the loss of this sweet man. I've known Matt since his early teens. Kathy was my best friend for many years and I mourned the loss her and Danny. Now I mourn for Matt. My son, Jason, will never find another buddy that he enjoyed as much as Matt. I pray that Matt is dancing with Kathy and Danny in Heaven. What a sight. LUV U Matt."
"Matt, may you now be in the loving arms of your mother Kathy and brother Danny and continue to look down on your beautiful sister Melissa and great brother Michael. You were quite an amazing young boy when I met you and your family living on Elmendorf AFB in the early 80's. May god keep your wife and children in his loving arms till you all meet again. You will be missed dearly Matt."