Matthew Patrick Omans, 1988 – 2012
On 17 March 2012, we said farewell to our brother Matthew during a funeral service at the Raynor & D’Andrea Funeral Home in West Sayville, NY. The love, support, and condolences for our family since the news of his passing on 9 March has overwhelmed us, and I’m sorry that we have not been able to reply to each one of you with the same kindness that has been shown to us. Matt’s obituary appeared on the Raynor & D’Andrea Funeral Home website. At his funeral, Matt’s close friend from college, Alex Aidun, and I each delivered a eulogy. I think these two pieces effectively describe the relationship that our family, many dear friends, and I shared with Matt. With permission from Alex and Matt’s brothers at the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at Cornell University, and from my family, we reproduce these two eulogies here:
I have put together an album of photographs of Matt from throughout his life, in no particular order, on Flickr. These come from Matt’s own collection, my photos, our family’s, and many friends who also contributed, and I have tried to give proper attribution beneath each photo. If you would like to share a special photo of Matt with us, please leave a comment.
The wall of Matt’s facebook profile has been serving as a memorial where friends and family post messages, pictures, and videos.
We are grateful for contributions in Matt’s memory, which may be given to one or both of the following foundations:
1. The “Edgemoor Leadership Foundation,” the official non-profit foundation set up for educational and scholarship purposes to benefit current undergraduate brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha at Cornell University. Checks can be mailed to: The Edgemoor Leadership Foundation, 520 Brights Lane, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania 19422, memo line “In Memory of Bro. Matt Omans ‘10”. All donations are tax-deductible.
2. The Stony Brook University Cancer Center, Office of Advancement, H.S.C. Level 4, Stony Brook, NY, 11794-8430. Checks payable to “Stony Brook Foundation.” Memo line: “In Memory of Matthew P. Omans.”
In lieu of any more words–because there are none to express the unexpected loss of such an outstanding, beautiful, and fun, young man–I urge anyone who knew Matt to read the eulogies and view the photos; they reveal residual traces of a charismatic life surrounded by friends, family, and love.