Matt loved his family and would do anything for them. He would often give up his last dollar to someone in need, whether they be family or a stranger. He put everyone else first. Matt became an uncle in 2016, and adored his niece. He was one of the first people at the hospital for his sister, and one of the last to leave. His niece still calls out to Uncle Matt, and is reminded of how much he loves her. Matt didn't care much for physical possessions, but would rather make lasting memories with the ones he loved.
Matt would donate his time and energy to the Arnold Palmer Foundation each year by participating in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. You would often find him on the locator board off of one of the holes on the course. During the rounds, he would people-watch and observe the professional golfers to take-in some unsolicited pointers. Outside of the tournament, he could usually be seen in his Arnold Palmer Invitational hat.
Matt loved the game of golf to no end. When he played, he formed bonds with family, friends, and strangers, and those connections lasted well through the rounds. You could tell when his game wasn't going according to his plan, as he'd often quiet down (which is unlike Matt to be quiet) and "focus" on the game (in other words, he didn't want to talk to anyone until his game was getting better). But he loved the game, loved the outdoor exercise, and loved how it brought people together.
To say Matt was a Tampa Bay Buccaneer's fan is an understatement. He loved everything about them. When he wasn't wearing the Arnold Palmer hat, he was wearing his Bucs hat. And if you were to bet on what shirt he was wearing on any particular day, you'd be a rich person if you bet on his Bucs jersey. While he loved watching Tampa Bay play, he loved the time spent with friends and family at the games even more.
Matt was always making sure everyone was smiling and having a great time. That's what he did. If you were bored, he'd tell you a joke. If it were quiet in the room, he'd start singing. If there were music playing, he'd have you dance with him. He never met a stranger he didn't call his friend (eventually) and those who knew him were blessed to have had the honor.