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Emmanuel 2016 Lacrosse Alum Matthew Dillon Killed in Accident


Photo credits: Sheila Drakeley Photography

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.

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 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.

Abigail Matheson is the Editor in Chief of The Hub. She can be contacted at and on Twitter @abbimathy

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