On April 28th, 2000 three weeks before our wedding, Matt was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer. However, Matt did not let the diagnosis dampen his spirit or hamper his will to live. We were married on May 20th, 2000. Matt was the recipient of a bone marrow transplant on October 30, 2000. We were blessed. His only brother, James, was the donor.
Matt recovered from the transplant and went on to live a full life. He continued to work as a pianist and keyboardist in Chicago and throughout the U.S. In 2009, Matt travelled to Japan as a band member for Eddie Levert's solo gigs. Matt also travelled to South Africa to perform with his beloved O'Jays.
Matt loved children and mentoring young musicians. He was an active member of St. Mark United Methodist Church. As director of the Evelyn O. Gaston Memorial Children's Choir, he inspired the next generation to explore their musical talents. Matt also worked as a music teacher at Peck Elementary where he was able to engage even the most challenging student.
Matt was a passionate student of music. He graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a degree in music composition. In 2012, Matt enrolled in a graduate program in music education at St. Xavier University.
Sadly, Matt's battle ended on the afternoon of June 12th, 2014. However, his warm, compassionate spirit lives on through his music and our remembrance of our experience with this gentle soul.
Please honor Matt's memory by contributing to his memorial fund. Your donation will fund research to assist in finding a cure for multiple myeloma.