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Matthew (Matt) Dillon, a recent graduate of the Class of 2016 and member of the men’s lacrosse team, passed away on August 27, 2016. This news was announced to students on August 29 via a portal announcement from President Sister Janet that reads as follows:
To: Members of the Emmanuel College Community
From: Sister Janet Eisner, SND, President
Date: August 29, 2016
It is with profound sadness that I inform you that Matt Dillon, ’16 died in a tragic accident on Saturday, August 27. A political science major from Bedford, NH, Matt was known by members of the College community as a remarkable young man with a radiant smile and great attitude about life. Described as a tremendous friend and fantastic teammate on both the Emmanuel varsity lacrosse team and the Model United Nations Club, Matt will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.
We ask that you keep Matt’s faculty, friends and his family including his sister Meg, ’10 and his brother Pat, ’11 in your thoughts and prayers. Once the College is informed of the arrangements, we will provide you with additional information.
For those seeking support, Emmanuel provides services for students through the Office of Counseling and the Office of Mission and Ministry and for staff through AllOne Health Resources.
— EC Saints (@ECSaints) August 30, 2016
According to the Phaneuf Funeral Home, information regarding Matt’s obituary, funeral, and services will be updated in the coming days.
As of August 30, the Phaneuf Funeral Home website has been updated with dates and times for Visitation, Words of Remembrance, the Funeral Service, and the Interment.
Visitation will be on Friday, September 2 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at the Phaneuf Funeral Home. Words of Remembrance will be on the same day from 7:00pm to 8:00pm also at the Phaneuf Funeral Home.
The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, September 3 from 10:00am to 11:00am at the St. Elizabeth Seton Church. Interment will be held later that day at 1:00pm at the St. Paul Cemetery.
Directions can be found on the Phaneuf Funeral Home website.
Emmanuel College will be providing a bus for those who need transportation to the wake and funeral services. According to a Portal announcement posted on August 30, students should contact MaryAnne Murphy in the Office of Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 735-9722 by Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. if they would like to take the bus leaving campus at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 2 or 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 3. Students may take one or both buses.
A scholarship fund has been created in Matt’s name. In a Facebook post, the Dillon family requests that instead of flowers, a donation be made to a scholarship in Matt’s name. Those who wish to participate can donate online by selecting the Matthew James Dillon Scholarship or by sending a check to the Office of Development.
Matt’s friends and classmates have taken to social media to express their emotions towards his passing.
Senior season's for you buddy.
— Neal Gamby, VP (@traditional_tom) August 27, 2016
Always remember that memories of people never fade.
— Jean Yawkey Center (@JYCtweets) August 27, 2016
Too young……. never forget you man #rip
— Cameron Dillon (@CDillon94) August 27, 2016
Heartbroken beyond words. Matt was one of the most truly good people I had the pleasure of being friends with. This is too soon.
— Drew Fox Jordan (@DrewFoxJordan) August 28, 2016
RIP Matt… way too soon
— Stefano Sainato (@SteffyJ) August 28, 2016
I can barley formulate words. Matty D you were the sweetest guy I knew, from day one orientation you were my friend. Rest Easy love ❤️
— Mrs. Right (@scd24sports) August 28, 2016
hugging everybody just a little bit tighter today 💕
— Danielle Rose (@dinyelll) August 28, 2016
I only knew Matt Dillon for a far to short period of time, but that was all I needed to realize how nice and genuine he was of a person #rip
— Jarred (@TheOnlyOrphan) August 28, 2016
thanks for always having a smile on your face; keep smiling down on us❤️
— KT (@harringtonkaty) August 28, 2016
Heavy heart tonight. #OnceASaintAlwaysASaint 💙💛
— Simone (@simonerose09) August 28, 2016
RIP #39 you will be greatly missed. #OnceASaintAlwaysASaint
— Peter (@petahchip19) August 28, 2016
I didn't know Matt very well, but there are so many people I care about who did. I'm sorry, y'all.
— Adnan Malek (@squadnan) August 28, 2016
Woke up this morning and thought it was just all a bad dream… My heart is so heavy for you Matty ❤️ #onceasaintalwaysasaint
— Mrs. Right (@scd24sports) August 28, 2016
Support and spread the scholarship fund in Matty's name, every bit counts💜https://t.co/t2TeBlOqAU
— Maggie (@m_patton17) August 31, 2016
I didn't know Matt Dillon but my thoughts are with everyone who did. Hope you guys are okay 💞
— Miserable Cow (@skelet0ns) August 31, 2016
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