ForeverMissed
Tributes
Posted by Francesca Ceri on April 17, 2018
Forever in our hearts, never forgotten.

Your family from Italy
Posted by Francesca Ceri on December 23, 2016
Matt, it's Christmas, the third without you. Valerio and me spent a wonderful week in your home in Rockport, we slept among your books, I sat, early in the morning, in "your" armchair, waiting for the sunrise, talking with Marghe, watching the seagulls going with the boats.
We had peaceful, wonderful, happy moments with Meghan, Kathy and Mike, such special persons, of course you know, as you are,too.
We visited your grave and prayed for you(I hope you appreciated the pumpkin).
We didn't forget you and never will.
We'll pray for you, pray for us.
Give peace to your family, let them have a good Christmas, they miss you so much.
Love Francesca and the Raugei
Posted by amanda shanner on June 6, 2013
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
Posted by Meghan Shea on May 31, 2013
Kathy,
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)
Posted by Joe Shea on May 26, 2013
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!
Posted by Gillian Quann on May 20, 2013
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
Posted by Jim O'Neill on May 12, 2013
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.
Posted by Meghan Shea on May 2, 2013
In Memoriam entry from photographer and friend Scott A Woodward:

http://scottawoodward.com/blog/landscapes/in-memoriam/
Posted by Anna Morris on May 2, 2013
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
Posted by Gillian Quann on May 1, 2013
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
Posted by Joe Zammit on April 28, 2013
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
Posted by Meghan Shea on April 27, 2013
My sincere condolences. May you find comfort and the strength to cope.
~ P E
Posted by Meghan Shea on April 27, 2013
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
Posted by Meghan Shea on April 27, 2013
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
Posted by Meghan Shea on April 27, 2013
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
Posted by Meghan Shea on April 26, 2013
He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper
but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances.
- David Hume
Posted by Meghan Shea on April 25, 2013
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,
Posted by Meghan Shea on April 25, 2013
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,
Posted by Meghan Shea on April 25, 2013
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
Posted by Meghan Shea on April 25, 2013
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
Posted by Meghan Shea on April 25, 2013
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.
~ Patricia,
Posted by Meghan Shea on April 25, 2013
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,
Posted by Meghan Shea on April 25, 2013
My prayers and condolences to the Shea and O'Neill families
~ Janet Wheeler
Posted by Meghan Shea on April 25, 2013
phil- you and your family are in my thoughts and heart.
~ jim frutkin
Posted by Meghan Shea on April 25, 2013
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
Posted by Meghan Shea on April 25, 2013
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
Posted by Meghan Shea on April 25, 2013
A Dana Farber Article on Matt:

http://bit.ly/12nbdeu
Posted by Meghan Shea on April 24, 2013
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
Posted by Meghan Shea on April 24, 2013
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
Posted by Meghan Shea on April 24, 2013
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)
Posted by Meghan Shea on April 24, 2013
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

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