His brothers next to him on this side, Mom and Dad waiting for him on the other, Matthew Sherlach said one last good-bye to all of us Thursday morning, November 16, 2017.
The “Big Guy” touched too many lives to count, and we were blessed and thank God for trusting us with him as long as He did. Matthew was “special” from day one, born on October 30, 1963, in New Rochelle, NY. The family moved to Pawling, NY, the next summer where Matthew began his own “special” relationship with a village, town, and community that would continue to grow for his 54 years on earth.
In 1999 he moved to Salt Point to live with four of his best friends for the better part of 17 years.
Matthew knew only unconditional love. His smile, laugh and hugs along with the ever-present “good news” he could not wait to share with you were his trademarks in life. Always the dapper dresser, he considered himself quite the ladies man choosing not to settle down but to play the field.
Matthew led an active, fulfilling life, from Special Olympics, Camp Smith, house parties and dances with his friends from Abilities First and New Horizons to his most favorite role of all as ball boy for Pawling Tigers football. A role that would culminate in his being inducted into the Pawling High School Athletic Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class.
Matthew is predeceased by parent, Pat and Jay Sherlach, who lovingly dedicated their lives to Matt as well as hundreds of other special needs kids.
He is survived by his brothers, Bill and Bob, and nieces Maura, Kylie, Katy and Sylvie who will miss him dearly.
He leaves behind countless lives changed by everything he was a part of.
Anyone who met Matthew would never forget him. As soon as you met Matthew, you were his friend.
Calling hours were held on Sunday, November 26, at the Horn & Thomes, Inc., Funeral Home in Pawling. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday, November 27 at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Pawling.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Matthew may be made to the Jay and Pat Sherlach Scholarship Fund c/o Pawling High School, 30 Wagner Drive, Pawling, NY 12564.