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Matthew David Hollister

Posted By Hall-Wynne On October 11, 2014 @ 11:44 am In Durham,Obituaries | 79 Comments

Matthew David Hollister, 23, died unexpectedly Wednesday in Charlotte while visiting friends. A Durham native, he was born July 12, 1991, to Beth Anne & David Hollister. Matt completed grammar and middle school at Immaculata Catholic School, and graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School. He continued at UNC-Charlotte, and currently was working in Florida while planning to further his education.

Matt was an accomplished athlete. He was among the state championship swimmers on the Cardinal Gibbons team, and also a member of the school’s surf club. He was an inveterate car racing fan, deeply immersed in the auto racing culture. Matt had a lifelong passion for the internal combustion engine. Race drivers and crew members were among his close friends. He drove M-3’s and participated in shifter-kart races. Most recently Matt made his annual pilgrimage to Road Atlanta. He also frequently attended races at V.I. R. Matt was a devoted Duke fan – a “Cameron Crazy” from birth.

Matt was profoundly influenced in his faith journey through the Franciscan friars at Immaculata, who exemplified tolerance, living simply and justice for all. He had an enormous heart for the underprivileged, a hope for economic equality and deep care for the earth. He manifested this through his continual generosity and selflessness. Matt Hollister will be remembered for his quick smile, distinctive laugh, lavish hugs and his open heart.

Surviving are his parents, Beth Anne & David Hollister of Oxford; his sister, Catherine at Elon University; grandparents, Robert Hollister, and Mary Ellen and James Selmensberger.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered 11:30 AM Wednesday from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with Fr. David McBriar, OFM presiding. Friends may visit 5-8 PM Tuesday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.

Gifts in Matt’s memory may be made to: Immaculata Catholic School, (Tuition Assistance for the Needy), 721 Burch Ave. Durham 27701.

Condolences for the family of “Matthew David Hollister”

Condolence from Beverly Godfrey on October 11th, 2014 2:03 pm

Beth, David, and Catherine- please know you are in our prayers and hearts.

Condolence from Wanette Highsmith on October 11th, 2014 3:43 pm

Words can not tell just how heavy my heart feels. I’m deeply sorry for your lost of Matt. I can sit back and remember the times when he and Joshua would play together. Dave, Beth, & Catherine our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Jay & Wanette Highsmith

Condolence from Jim Selmensberger on October 11th, 2014 5:03 pm

I love you Matt

Condolence from Tony Whitaker on October 11th, 2014 6:04 pm

Dave and Beth Anne,

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I remember Matt only as a little guy, but I recall a couple of later conversations with a very proud dad about this young man.

Condolence from Nhan Vo on October 11th, 2014 6:34 pm

David & Beth,
Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Vo Family

Condolence from Mary Murphy Baier on October 11th, 2014 8:44 pm

Words can not express how sorry I am that you all are experiencing this tragic loss! We are thinking of you and praying for you all! We love you!

Condolence from Chuck & Laura Peterson on October 11th, 2014 8:52 pm

Dear Beth, Dave and Catherine,

We cannot imagine what you are feeling and going through. We are so sorry that this happened to your family. If there is anything we can do to help ease your pain, please let us know.
You are so in thoughts!

Condolence from Sonia on October 11th, 2014 10:30 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. This is a loss to everyone who knew him. Oh, what a humble, loving, and honest young man. He was absolutely amazing. Your family is in my prayers.

Condolence from Becky Jarman on October 11th, 2014 11:36 pm

Please know all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I always found Matt to be friendly and fun to be around. May the peace that passes all understanding be with you during this time!

Condolence from Gale Arneson and Cliff Edwards on October 12th, 2014 12:39 am

We weep with you because of your tremendous. Dave, Beth and Catherine are prayers are with you.

Condolence from Paylor Family on October 12th, 2014 7:59 am

Our family extend love and support to Matt’s loving family. His beautiful smile and warmth which he demonstrated to all who knew him is his impressionable LEGACY.
Dr.Dolores Davis Paylor and Matthew Paylor

Condolence from Janice Dolive on October 12th, 2014 8:21 am

I am so sorry to hear this news! I met Matt in Ocala over the Labor Day weekend, he had dinner with our family. I was so impressed with how easy it was to talk to him. He told me how much he cared for his family and was looking ahead to a great future. We are heartbroken and will miss him! This is a true tragedy and please know that you have many people crying along with you. I hope meet you on Tuesday.

Condolence from Renee Russell on October 12th, 2014 8:41 am

Praying for your family in the tragic loss of Matt. Having lost a child, I know the pain you are suffering. Praying God will give you comfort in remembering and cherishing your memories and the assurance that you will see your precious son in Heaven.

Condolence from Phyllis Upchurch on October 12th, 2014 8:56 am

Dave and Beth,

I was so sorry to hear about Matt!! I had a very memorable conversation with Dave, and it was primarily about how proud he was of Matt and his accomplishments. My heart aches for your family and his friends. There are no words to express the depth of sympathy, but please know that you all are in my thoughts today and in the upcoming difficult times!!

Condolence from Leigh Lee and Tom Tune on October 12th, 2014 9:41 am

Dear David, Beth and Catherine,
It broke our hearts to learn this saddest, worst news for any parents and family ! I can’t imagine what you’re going through, yet I feel for you……
Please let us know if there’s anything we can do.
Love you and you are in our thoughts,
Leigh lee and Tom

Condolence from Adrienne Scurtu on October 12th, 2014 11:12 am

Dear Beth, David, and Catherine,
We are so saddened by your loss. Matt will always be fondly remembered as a friendly, athletic, kind young man. May God be with you at this time.
Adrienne, Mitch, Alexander and Greg

Condolence from Kate Worthington on October 12th, 2014 11:12 am

Beth and Dave,
I am so sorry to hear about Matt – what a wonderful young man he had grown into! Thoughts and prayers are from the whole Worthington clan including my brother, wife, and their kids, Jack and Anna, who remember playing with Catherine and Mathew when they visited Chapel Hill one summer (2002?).
May the miracle that is God’s love bless you and keep you.

Condolence from Uncle Rick, Aunt Kristin, Cousins Lauren and Matthew on October 12th, 2014 12:41 pm

You will forever be missed but never forgotten. We will pray to you for strength and I know you will guide us.
Love you Matt Man!

Condolence from Uncle Rick, Aunt Kristin, Cousins Lauren and Matthew on October 12th, 2014 12:42 pm

Cousins Lauren and Michael. See you are always on my mind!!

Condolence from Darcy Gregory on October 12th, 2014 12:55 pm

I wasshocked and saddened to learn of your huge and tragic loss. Dave I could feel the fierceness of your love for Matt everytime you talked about him . Please know that you, Beth and Catherine are in my thoughts.

Condolence from Bob Milroy on October 12th, 2014 1:43 pm

I want to express my deepest condolences to all of you over the loss of your dearest Matthew. I can remember the days, like it was just yesterday, when one of you would come to Early Learning Center to pick up Matt and the end of the day when Matt and Carol were students together. I live in Palm Harbor, Florida primarily now. But I just happened to be in North Carolina for a visit with Carol and Ryan when I heard about the tragic death of Matt. So, I will be able to attend the visitation and funeral. Carol and Matt were classmates together all the time until they all went off to college. I have very fond memories of Matt and am so sad to hear about his passing. He left us far to soon and will be missed dearly by all those who knew him. I hope this note will bring you some comfort and that Our Lord will help you in this time of sorrow.
Bob Milroy

Condolence from Christine Colven on October 12th, 2014 2:21 pm

Dear Beth,
I was in Blowing Rock when I heard the terrible news about your son’s death.
I’d like to attend the service.
I hurt for you and wish I could take some of the pain away from you. Children are not supposed to die before their parents.
You have been, and will continue to be in my thoughts.

Warm hug, Christine

Condolence from Bruce and Jill Freeman on October 12th, 2014 3:48 pm

Dear Dave, Beth and Catherine,

Matt was one of those special fellows, who always had a kind word and a quick smile, as well as a truly sweet and generous spirit. We are so very sorry for your loss and hope you find comfort and strength in family and friends, and each other, in the difficult days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bruce and Jill

Condolence from Tonya Snow-Saleeby on October 12th, 2014 6:51 pm

I am so very sorry for your loss. I prat that you find comfort and peace through God’s love.

Condolence from Joy Mitchell on October 12th, 2014 7:26 pm

Dave & Beth,

My prayers are with you and your family. So sorry for your loss.


Condolence from Joy Mitchell on October 12th, 2014 7:26 pm

Dave & Beth,

My prayers are with you and your family. So sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Kayleigh and Jeanine Lynch on October 12th, 2014 8:11 pm

The Hollisters,
On behalf of the Lynch family, I would like to extend our deepest condolences on the loss of Matt.. the beloved son, friend, and brother. The Hardscrabble “crew”, in many ways, has lost a part of their childhood. Matt was always one to drop anything he was doing to comfort a friend in need, regardless of the circumstances. At a young age, he was able to show what a true gentlemen and friend was to so many. I will never, ever forget his readiness to take on a new adventure. He made the dreadful hour car rides to Cardinal Gibbons quite pleasant with his sense of humor, and enthusiasm. I cannot imagine the pain you must all be enduring. I hope that you can take comfort in knowing that it was a not only a blessing to know Matt, but a privilege. We offer our deepest sympathy and open arms during this painful period.

Kayleigh and Jeanine Lynch

Condolence from Kate (Franzek) Woeber on October 12th, 2014 8:31 pm

Beth, Dave, and Catherine,

I’m so sorry for this terrible news, your terrible loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kate Woeber

Condolence from Kevin and Angela Harrigan on October 12th, 2014 8:44 pm

Dear Dave, Beth, Catherine

We are praying for all of you for God’ s love and peace

Condolence from Veronica and Fritz Gartner on October 12th, 2014 10:03 pm

We are so extremely saddened , our prayers are with Matt and all your family.
May you find confort in all those around you who love you and Matt!

Condolence from Kathy Killeen Flynn on October 12th, 2014 10:35 pm

Wish I was close and could give hugs. This is so bewildering and sad. I pray that God’s love will be with you, Beth, Dave, Catherine, Mr. Hollister and the entire Selmensberger tribe.

My Uncle Jimmy, who I never met, died at a similar age. We still talk about him today. Your Matt-Man has a legacy through the wonderful family you have, and through his friends.

Love, Kathy & Kevin Flynn

Condolence from Keith Laemont on October 13th, 2014 8:34 am

Dear Beth, Dave, and Catherine,
I send the deepest of condolences to all of you during this exceptionally rough time that came without cause. Matt is in my heart and prayers, as are all of you. This is a grief that few could understand.

Condolence from Brother Peter Killeen on October 13th, 2014 8:38 am

Please know that the Christian Brothers will keep Matt and your family in our prayers. Sorry for your loss. May your son be enjoying the gift of eternal life.
Brother Peter Killeen

Condolence from Holly Rogers on October 13th, 2014 10:20 am

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My son Miles attended Immaculata with Matt.
Prayers and hugs are being sent your way from the Rogers family!

Condolence from Rosemary Czejkowski on October 13th, 2014 10:31 am

We have so many great memories of Gibbon’s swim meets with your family. And are so deeply saddened for you all upon hearing of Matt’s death. You are in our prayers

Condolence from Rosa Peña on October 13th, 2014 10:53 am

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Hollister and Catherine:

Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Mathew was one of the kindest and nicest students I have ever taught. I will always remember his beautiful smile and how caring and helpful he was to all of us who knew him. I know God is receiving him with open arms because he was an angel.

Condolence from Caleb Torain & Family on October 13th, 2014 10:58 am

Mr. & Mrs. Hollister,

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Words can not express how sorry we are for your loss. If there is anything we can do to help, please don’t hesitate to call.

With deepest sympathy,
Caleb Torain

Condolence from The Terrys – Carol, Jeff and Spencer on October 13th, 2014 11:30 am

Our deepest and most profound sympathy to your family. Although Spencer was a little younger, and in your Catherine’s class, we remember your Matt. His warmth was evident and always appreciated.
May you be comforted by happy memories during this difficult time.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Terrys
Carol & Jeff

Condolence from Midge Bowers on October 13th, 2014 12:15 pm

Beth, I was so saddened to hear about Matt. My prayers are for you and your family. I did not know Matt had such a love for auto racing. You know, my Dave did too. Hopefully they are sharing this together in heaven.

Condolence from beth hollister on November 2nd, 2014 3:36 pm

thank you Midge – Your Dave was so special – I hope they are hanging out and he is making sure Matt knows how we can go on here on Earth like you did – Beth

Condolence from Barbara (Ostrowski) Schurman on October 13th, 2014 2:16 pm

Dear Dave & Beth,
Even though I haven’t seen (you), Dave in a long time or ever met your wonderful wife and family, please know, as yourdistant cousin (on the Hollister side), I send you my deepest sympathy. The loss of a “child” is truly heartbreaking at any age we are. I send you my prayers and love.

Condolence from Barbara (Ostrowski) Schurman on October 13th, 2014 2:20 pm

Dear Dave & Beth,
Even though I haven’t seen (you), Dave, in a long time or ever met your wonderful wife and family, please know, as your distant cousin (on the Hollister side), I send you my deepest sympathy. The loss of a “child” is truly heartbreaking at any age we are. I send you my prayers and love.

Condolence from Elizabeth Rainbolt on October 13th, 2014 2:46 pm

My prayers and thoughts go to you and your family. May you find some peace and comfort in the love and memories you all share of Matt. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Bonnie Brown/Harris Teeter on October 13th, 2014 6:31 pm

Dave, Beth, and Catherine,
I am sorry to hear of Matt’s passing. I could not imagine losing one of my children. My heart breaks for you. I remember when he and Catherine were small and you used to stop into H.T. on your way to school. They would pick out a donut. They always were so polite. It was fun watching them grow into young adults. I was always eager to hear how they were doing. Your family became my family. Every time I talked to you and asked how they were doing, you were always so proud of them. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you. With deepest sympathy,
Bonnie Brown

Condolence from Linda Atkins on October 13th, 2014 10:22 pm

Beth and Dave and Catherine My Heart is with you at this time words cant express my heart felt sympathy for you just know i am thinking and praying for you God Bless you all .Linda Atkins

Condolence from Shelley Cataldo (castle) on October 13th, 2014 10:22 pm

My deepest condolences. Can’t even imagine your pain. Your faith will give you the strength you need. I am so sorry.

Condolence from Theresa Shouse on October 13th, 2014 10:33 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you during this difficult time. I remember all of you from Immaculata School and Church. Heaven has gained another angel. Prayers and hugs from the Shouse family.

Condolence from Don Basnight on October 14th, 2014 6:00 am

Dave I am soo sorry and broken hearted. I can only imagine the despair and grief you and your wife and daughter must feel. There is nothing that I can do or say but pray to our Lord for his soul and for your healing. I know you loved him with all of your being. Peace be with you and with your family.


Condolence from Diane Gerding on October 14th, 2014 7:15 am

Dear David, Beth and Catherine,

My heart was filled with sorrow upon learning the sad news of your loss. I have so many good memories of Matthew during his years at Immaculata. Words will not fill the void you feel. May you find hope and consolation knowing that Matthew was welcomed home into the loving arms of the Good Shepherd. May Christ’s peace and comfort sustain you. May the prayers and love of your family and friends enfold you in love and support.

Diane Gerding

Condolence from DeAnna Crouse on October 14th, 2014 9:19 am

I met Matt in Ocklawaha while I was visiting my daughter. We had a couple great conversations. He left a lasting impression upon me. One of kindness, caring, and giving. I know he profoundly touched those around him. My daughter considered him a best friend and brother. My heart breaks for your family, but I truly believe Matt is watching over us all and smiling.

Condolence from Jack and Deborah Bain on October 14th, 2014 10:36 am

Dear Beth and Dave,

Our hearts are crying with you over the loss of Matt. We want you to know that we are thinking of you with much love and sympathy and keeping you very close in our prayers.

Jack and Deborah Bain (Bob & Sue’s old Lake neighbors)

Condolence from Alice McVey on October 14th, 2014 10:56 am

I really don’t know what to say. This is such a tragedy for any parent and sibling to go through. You are in my thoughts daily.


Condolence from Stuart and Peggy Jones on October 14th, 2014 2:05 pm

Dave and Beth, we were so sorry to hear about Matt’s passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. We are here for you and anything you might need..

Condolence from Bruce, Hardee & Page Klitzman on October 14th, 2014 2:08 pm

Beth, Dave and Catherine

We are so saddened by the horrible news of Matt’s untimely death. Matt was always such a joy to be around; we were always so happy when we knew he would be at gatherings. Your family was so loving and nurturing to us 5 years ago when Rachel passed away. Know that we will be here for all of you for the long haul. I know Matt is being welcomed in heaven by Rachel.

Much love,
Bruce, Hardee & Page

Condolence from Judy B. Brewer on October 14th, 2014 2:22 pm

Dear father, mother, sister, grandparents and Matt’s relatives and so many friends John and I send love and deepest sympathy to each of you. May an angel spread its wings around you and comfort you as you try to figure out the way to be without your precious son, brother, grandson, cousin and of course all of us friends, because I never met Matthew, but thanks for the wonderful picture(which I will keep to look at) because when I saw it I felt like I had met Matt,, but I had not. We both have met you, David and Beth at the Granville county Cattlemen’s meetings. Cows and new born calves have been John’s therpy sessions for many years. They give him solitude and the wonder of God’s creation.
The comfort chapter, Psalm 23 reads The Lord IS_ my Shepherd. How wonderful to know ! May God’s love and your knowledge of it give you hope in the days ahead. Judy and John Brewer @Mile-Away-Farm. We hope to see you in the near future.

Condolence from Mike Strayhorn on October 14th, 2014 3:10 pm

Dave, Beth & Catherine,

Dave, Beth & Catherine,

It is with much Sorrow to learn your Son & Brother has unexpectedly passed away. I know your loss cannot be measured in words or deeds. Please know that your family, friends & Church will be thinking and praying for you during the days ahead.

Although you will miss Matt’s warm smile for now, please take comfort in knowing you will all be reunited someday.

Mike Strayhorn
Hillsborough, NC

Condolence from Robin Burns (daughter of Peggy & Stuart Jones at LKG) on October 14th, 2014 3:27 pm

We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.

Robin and Dewayne Burns

Condolence from John & Nina McPhaul on October 14th, 2014 3:38 pm

David, Beth and Catherine,

I, for maybe one of the very few times in my life, have no words.

We love you very much and want you to know that you are all in our prayers.

Please let us know if there is anything you need or that we can help with.

All our love,

John & Nina McPhaul

Condolence from John T. Winston on October 14th, 2014 4:10 pm

Dave and Beth:
My heart breaks for you both. Be strong in your faith. My faith tells me that Sara and all the others who have gone before us welcomed him home. John

Condolence from David Kane on October 14th, 2014 4:22 pm

David and Beth,

I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter.

David Kane

Condolence from Todd Leovic on October 14th, 2014 4:49 pm

Dave, Beth and Catherine,

At this difficult time I pray that God will grant your family the serenity and peace you need to get through the days ahead. All are blessed who were able to share in Matt ‘s life for Matt truly had a loving heart and it showed in his spirit of life. Remembering Matt’ s wonderful and gentle soul will remain in our hearts.

Lifting you all up in prayer.

Condolence from Les Harmon on October 14th, 2014 5:06 pm

Dear Beth, I was so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Les Harmon

Condolence from Kevin H. Bailey on October 14th, 2014 7:55 pm

I taught Matt at Cardinal Gibbons during his Freshman year. I was his theology teacher. Matt was such a warm, fun-loving, and happy-go-lucky kid. I loved having him in class. I remember his love for racing and how he would come back from his weekends with cool pics to show of the cars and the race that he had been to that weekend. His enthusiasm was contagious.
I was deeply saddened to hear of Matt’s passing. I extend my deepest condolences to you, his family. And I promise the support of my prayers. May Matt, through the mercy of God, rest in eternal peace.
God bless you, my young friend. You are and will be missed.

Condolence from beth hollister on November 2nd, 2014 3:41 pm

Matt spoke of you so fondly thru the years you taught him – he wished he could have you all 4 years – thanks for all you did in those years and your prayers going forward -Beth

Condolence from Debbie Raiti, (Heathers mom) on October 14th, 2014 8:53 pm

Beth and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Such a terrible tragedy for all of you. My prayers and thoughts are with you . God Bless.

Condolence from Gracie Gilliard on October 15th, 2014 7:28 am

I’am sorry for your Loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Condolence from The Owen Family, Karla, Dan, Connor and Richard on October 15th, 2014 8:58 am

Our hearts are breaking for your loss of dear, sweet Matt. We are lifting the Hollister family up in prayer, praying God’s peace to fill your mind and heart. His Holy Spirit lives within you and He is with you each and every moment. I love y’all. Connor will be there for Catherine at Elon, whatever she needs, he is there. Love, Karla

Condolence from beth hollister on November 2nd, 2014 3:42 pm

thank you so much for your heartfelt wishes, your awesome card and your sons who shared the years with our kids. Please send Conner to visit Cat – she could use the visit- stay in touch. Love you ,Beth

Condolence from Dave and Leah Piatt on October 15th, 2014 9:38 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Sherri Roche on October 15th, 2014 5:01 pm

Dear Beth, Dave and Catherine,

My heart is aching for all of you. I can’t imagine what how this is impacting each of you, and no words can express the depths of sorrow I feel for your loss. Any time any of you spoke of Matt, your eyes lit up and you could hear the love and pride in your voices, as you also could when he spoke of each of you. I am praying for you and for all of those who loved and knew Matt, who seemed to touch everyone he met in such a special way. May you feel the love of God’s embrace and all those who shared in Matt’s life surrounding you now and always.



Condolence from Diana Shoaf on October 15th, 2014 8:07 pm

I can see Matt and Michael playing in our backyard as if it were yesterday. I have such fond memories of Matt at the house. Michael wanted to be able to come and sends his deepest condolences.

Our Prayers are with you

Jim, Diana, Michael, Karen and Hannah Shoaf

Condolence from Tony and Kaylyn Fernandez on October 15th, 2014 8:59 pm

Dear David, Beth and Catherine,

We were sad to hear the news about Matthew. Our hearts go out to each of you and we have been praying for your family. May you feel God’s loving arms around you carrying you through this difficult time and may He give you a peace that surpasses all understanding.

Tony and Kaylyn Fernandez

Condolence from Hugh and Sharon Findlay and family on October 16th, 2014 11:55 am

This past week ,I’ve been struggling to write the right thing. There is no right thing for our family to say. Matt was a very kind ,happy young man ,whose smile was such a gift. It was wonderful to read about his passions and his journey in life.May your family find some comfort,and know he is well taken care of ,in a different place. Our sympathy goes out to your family . Sharon and Hugh Findlay and Hannah and Carmen

Condolence from Paola Principe Nicolas on October 21st, 2014 4:33 am

Dearest Beth, Dave & Catherine
We hope these few words may bring you some consolation. We would have loved to be there with you all to share the immense feeling of pain and extreme sadness. Matthew is and remains in our prayers, our deepest and warmest thoughts are with you all.
We send our heartfelt condolences, extended to all family –
Love you all
Paola, Philippe, Emilia, Alessandra & Paolo NICOLAS

Condolence from beth hollister on November 2nd, 2014 3:45 pm

Paola -thank you so very much for all of your love and support. I wish you were close by too. We will see each other soon. Your friendship means everything to me. Beth

Condolence from Alison Madern on October 22nd, 2014 4:37 pm

Please know that your family is in my prayers. I will always remember Matt’s infectious smile and laugh. He was a joy to coach and definitely left his mark on the Cardinal Gibbons swim team.

Condolence from Kim Alexander on October 24th, 2014 4:06 pm

Our family is incredibly saddened to hear of your loss. I was honored to meet the two of you and Matt, at his completion of a program at Duke. Matt had provided a wonderful example for the younger guys, including my son. He was such an impressive young man, and it was wonderful to see the obvious love and care the two of you had for him. My heart aches for your family, and with the knowledge that this tragedy could so easily happen to any of us. My prayers and deepest sympathies are with you.

Condolence from Bill and Margaret McCulloch on November 12th, 2014 8:22 am

Dear Dave and Beth:

We just heard and offer our deepest sympathy and condolences.


Bill and Mag

Condolence from Rachel Cooper on September 30th, 2019 6:06 am

Mr. and Mrs. Hollister and Catherine-

I wanted to share with you how much I miss Matthew. He was one of my closest friends from the start in Hardscrabble.
There have been multiple times I have wanted to reach out to you, but left speechless in this box.
I had a dream about him again where I walked up to him and he broke out that gorgeous smile. It warms my heart just thinking about how happy that smile would make me feel after sometimes the worst of days. He was so selfless and had the sweetest soul.

I miss you Matt.

Love you guys,
Rachel Cooper

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