When I finally met Matt-I realized there was a resemblance (more like 1st cousin!) But he had a similar disposition-so open, warm-he was ebullient and vivacious.
We ultimately became friends and I referred him for a position at my job Saks Fifth Avenue and he took the job.
That was it: everyone called me Matthew and him Vincent-it was hilarious.
I then moved to NY and shortly thereafter Matt became my roommate. We had much fun discovering NYC and following our dreams.
As life would have it we both moved onward and upward and fell out of touch (pre-facebook) and I have only just discovered his un-timely passing.
What I can say is that Matthew was genuine and authentic. He was kind and passionate. He was a good friend. He was the eternal optimist to my jaded NY cynicism.
Its clear many others felt the same; and that while he lived his passion-he had a profound impact on others he met along the way.
I am truly saddened that my search for him ended up with the discovery that he passed and I wish to express my sincere condolences to his parents; who I know he adored and who I also know should be so proud to have raised such a wonderful man-who realized his dreams and meant so much to so many.
And Aaron-I do remember you, and I know Matt was quite fond of you and it was abundantly clear you were a valued friend.
I hope you can find a measure of peace knowing he is still with us-we can still hear his laugh, can see his smile, and we can feel him in our hearts- as our mind's eye recalls his glowing visage.
Knowing him has made us better and enhanced our lives-he lives on through each of us that knew him.