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    Such sad news

    I met Matt once about ten years ago at a FEOC-UK.org meet when he had his Escort Mk5. The Crooked House inn I believe it was, really nice chap.

    RIP Matt

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    I didn't know Matt personally, but enjoyed reading his post's on here, he was just leaving from Castle Combe when I arrived, so didn't get to meet him, my thoughts are with his new wife and family at this sad time. R.I.P.

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    Oh God.

    Goodbye Matt. May it always be blue skies and happy trails for you, wherever you are.
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    R.I.P. Matt, even though we did not meet tears were in my eyes when I heard the news,

    condolences to everyone close to Matt

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    I got back from abroad yesterday and was slowly catching up with all the latest news and was chuffed to bits to read about Matts wedding and even though I only ever met Matt once it brought a lump to my throat to think that he had finally got hitched and found happiness. Then to log on today and hear this terrible news it makes me think there is no justice in this world.
    Our thoughts go to Emma and Tina and of course Matts family
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    Still can't believe it, hasn't sunk in yet! A truely brave man glad you managed to marry your soul mate .life was better for knowing Ginja RIP. Thoughts are with his familly and freinds at this sad time. Did you know he had C2.

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    Absolutely shell shocked to read this news. We obviously knew Matt was extremely and irreversibly ill, but I had no idea that his remaining time would be quite so short. I'm thankful for the few short years that I knew Matt and the times we shared a joke or generally chewed the fat at various shows, Xmas meets and even on one memorable occasion on a sliproad at the side of the M42! My sincerest condolences go to Emma. For reasons most of you know, it will be simply impossible to attend the funeral. I'll be there in spirit.

    R.I.P. Matt, another sad and painful loss from the UK Cougar family.


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    I didn't know Matt but my deepest condolences to all those who knew him.

    Some wonderful tributes to him on here, and my thoughts are with those who had the pleasure to know him.


    Rest in Peace

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    I have known Matt for around 10 years, he was one of the 2006 Modified Nationals crew, that was a great weekend and all that attended remember the weekend with fondness and to this day I am friends with everybody that shared that weekend, my particular memory of Matt from that weekend was when he dropped the face of his head unit into the chemical bog on the Sunday morning, I still remember my reaction, which was laughing my head off as he shook the thing trying to liberate the traces of effluent from the depths of the face. To many people he may have seemed to be the butt of my jokes, at times he was but never in a nasty way, for a man so slight, he had broad shoulders (metaphorically) and would take anything I threw at him in the way it was intended and give something back in return. He was always enthusiastic about car shows, especially his beloved Ford Fair, which he would arrange for the club for a number of years.
    He never made a secret of the financial difficulties that he faced and would still try to attend as many events as he could, often ill prepared, but he still made the effort. He was often peripheral as many of the louder characters (i.e. me) made fools of themselves at shows, but he was always there, always polite, always friendly.
    The one thing that had eluded him was somebody to care for and who would care for him, that was until a few years ago, when I saw him at our last Cougarfest in 2012, I already knew that he'd met a girl named Emma, true to form I still ribbed him on here and Facebook, when I saw him at Fest he looked a different person to the one I had known for the previous 8 or so years. He somehow looked taller, certainly more confident and definitely happy, I commented about it to him and to several others during the weekend. Emma had given Matt exactly what he needed.
    I was shocked when I saw him on his wedding day, to the point when I had tears welling in my eyes, I couldn't believe the difference, the toll that his illness had taken on his body, the man that had grown in stature so much 2 years ago had now been ravaged by the illness that had taken over his life. Of course, the jokes still continued on the day as I announced that we'd bought him some arse beads from ann summers as a wedding present, but that was the nature of the relationship I had with Matt. It was one of the best weddings that I have attended and as with any invite, you have to consider it an honour that somebody is prepared to invite you to the whole day, I certainly saw it that way and had a great day.

    I won't try and say that I was his best friend, there are many people in the queue before me, but I do consider him a friend, he was one of the good guys, I haven't seen him regularly since losing my Cougar either, but the fact that I won't be able to see him again saddens me deep inside.

    My heartfelt condolences go out to Emma, Tina and Matt's family, this came too soon for somebody so young, I have never met anybody that fought so bravely against a disease that he knew would ultimately cost him his life.

    Rest in peace Matt, you will be greatly missed.
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    That post Richard tipped me over the edge!!!!

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