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Matthew Barker

"Memories are precious they don't go away, we think of you always and not just today."

Date passed: 8th of November 2018

Funeral date: 23rd of November 2018

“Memories are precious they don’t go away, we think of you always and not just today.”

Matthew sadly passed away on 8th November in the care of Leighton hospital, aged just 32 years.

A loving son, brother and friend to many, he will be so sadly missed but lovingly remembered by all who knew him.

Matt was a kind, loving and considerate person, bringing happiness and humour into people’s lives. He was a passionate family man and he loved his sport.

He was born on 7th June 1986 in Crewe to proud parents Stephen and Barbara and he had an older brother, Anthony. They were typical brothers when growing up, fighting and arguing one minute then best of friends the next. They played on games consoles and collected the Panini football stickers together. Matt used to attend the local Beaver’s group before joining the Scouts and he was a big fan of Manchester United.

Matt attended Wheelock Primary School, before going on to Sandbach Boys School. He later studied IT at York University.

After leaving university Matt worked freelance for a few years for HS Sports, a sports event timing company, later becoming a full time employee, going on to become an events coordinator. This involved him travelling to many countries, including Russia, Ukraine, China, USA, Columbia, Poland and Spain. During the summer of 2014 he was able to create a once in a lifetime trip, spending over a week in Springfield, Oregon working on the timing for the World Junior Athletics Championships. That was followed by a week on holiday in San Francisco with Anthony. They visited all the sights, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, Coit tower and driving down the California Pacific Coast highway in a bright orange, Dodge Challenger muscle car. Matt then continued his trip alone headed north to Whistler in Canada.

During 2016, Matt went with Anthony to France to watch the European Football Championships and managed to watch several different countries in action.

Matt met his partner through work, they had known each other for about 18 months before they got together properly in March 2018. Sophie has two son’s, Joseph and Harry and Matt became their best friend. Even though they only knew Matt for a short time, they adored him. Matt had a huge impact on their lives, taking them to their first football match, getting them hooked on Pokemon and creating so many wonderful memories in a short space of time.

Apart from football, Matt was a member of Lancashire County Cricket Club and attended many test matches at Old Trafford cricket ground. He also loved American Football, being a big fan of the Chicago Bears and he also played Hockey at South Cheshire Hockey Club. He also enjoyed listening to music and attending pop concerts, especially watching the bands Green Day and Blink 182.

Matt also attended the 2012 London Olympics and saw over 30 different sporting events.

Matt made many friends throughout his life, some through work and others through his social and sporting life, he could make friends so easily due to his kind, loving and considerate nature.

Matt’s funeral will take place on Friday 23rd November in the Crematorium Chapel, Crewe at 12.40pm, followed by burial in Meadow Brook Cemetery.

Donations in Matt’s memory will be gratefully received on behalf of the British Heart Foundation.

For any further information regarding Matt’s funeral please contact our funeral home on 01270 584447.

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