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Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home

31 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT

OBITUARY

Matthew C. Gesell

June 17, 2001November 10, 2019

Matthew Cantwell Gesell of Greenwich passed away suddenly on Sunday, November 10, 2019 in Medford, MA where he was a student at Tufts University. Matthew was born in Manhattan on June 17, 2001 and was a caring son to his parents Kim and Andrew Gesell and a wonderful brother and friend to Jamie.

Matthew moved to Greenwich when he was 3 years old and attended Greenwich public schools at North Street School, Central Middle School, and Greenwich High School, from which he graduated in 2019. He was an accomplished student with a strong intellect and gentle nature who touched many lives in a genuine and beautiful way. Matthew was keenly aware of those around him who struggled and chose to keep his life simple with little want for material things and a firm desire to earn his own way in life. He especially enjoyed music and treasured his dog Gina. Matthew’s contribution to this world will be missed. All those who love him grieve the loss of his kindness, intelligence, and compassion.

The family will host a visitation on Sunday November 17th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Leo P. Gallagher funeral home in Greenwich. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday November 18th at 10:00 a.m. at St Mary’s Church on Greenwich Avenue.

Private burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Greenwich, CT. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.dignitymemorial.com

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, November 17, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, November 18, 2019

Memories

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Paige Hayes

November 27, 2019

I am so sad to read/hear the news about Matthew. We were classmates from North Street to GHS. I will always remember his amazing sense of humor and how he was destined to do great things. Please accept my sincerest condolences. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for having a service during Thanksgiving break so we can all formally say our goodbyes.

Best,

Paige Hayes

DAVID PASLAWSKYJR

November 22, 2019

i WISHN I COULD HAV EKNOWN SUCH A FINE YOUNG MAN MY DEEPEST SYPATHIES MAY GOD BLEESS THE FAMILYB MAY MERIES COMFERT YOU MAY GOD WATCH OVER THE FASMILY I WSIH I COULD HAVE KNOWN MATHEWE CGESELEL IN ATHER LIFETIME AND HAVE BEEN VERY GOOD FREINDS WITH HIM GOD BLESS YOU MAY MERIES COMFERT YOU DUIRNG THE HOLIDAYS AND 365DAYS OF THE YEAR

Kathy Steiner

November 19, 2019

We are so very heart broken....Matt will truly be missed. GHS Outreach Club, which Matt was a big part of, will continue with its mission of ‘keeping yourself and your friends safe’ and ‘caring about each other’ in Matt’s memory. We love you, Matt.

Jackie Benisch

November 17, 2019

I am so deeply sad to hear of Matt's passing. I had the pleasure of working with Matt for the past three summers and his bright personality and kind heart always put a smile on my face. Every day arriving at work Matt would wave to me as we would both get out of our cars, it was a little moment of my day I always looked forward to. He such a lovable person and a dear friend who will be so incredibly missed. My love, thoughts, and prayers are with you all.

Naomi Ni

November 17, 2019

Matt is the most kind and smartest student I have ever had. May his soul rest in peace.

The Hawley Family

November 17, 2019

We are deeply saddened about Matt’s sudden passing. Matt was a beautiful kid in so many ways and son to a family whom we’ve known and adored since elementary school years. Through many shared life events, we have known Matt as bright, inquisitive, accomplished, funny, caring, and a good friend. Please feel our support and do not hesitate to reach out.

GHS Graduate

November 16, 2019

I was in many of Mathews classes since freshman year, he was hands down one of the brightest students in each one. The type of classmate you know had the notes and you also knew he would help you if you needed. Everyone who knew Mathew also knew he would make a difference in the world, he would be something big. The news of his passing is tragic to no end, I pray his family knows how many people Mathew touched at the highschool and how he will be remembered as a staple of what every student wanted to be and a humble, kind leader. Rest in Power Mathew

Jennifer Rogg

November 15, 2019

Kim, Andy and Jamie,

I was deeply sad to hear the news of Matthews passing. My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with you all as you cope with this enormous loss. I loved hearing stories of projects and adventures you all experienced as a family over the years.

He was a bright light in your lives and I know his beautiful light has guided his way on his journey forward.

Please know you are all loved and supported!

Warm thoughts to you all!
Jen Rogg

Denise Hotch

November 14, 2019

Although I did not know your son, and no words seem enough, my son is a freshman at Tufts Universtiy. Matthew was a wonderful person who will be missed by all who knew him. He will always be with you in your hearts and on your minds. I pray for your family's peace. With deepest condolences to you and your family.

Kristine Sawdey (parent of a Tufts student Class of 2023

November 14, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May Matthew rest in peace.

FROM THE FAMILY