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Paula Begley
07-06-2011, 08:42 PM
For those of you who have been long-time board members, you will remember "Budman" as a poster here. Matt was responsible for the organization of the only message board member meet-up, held at Metcalf Bottoms a few years ago.

Additionally, Matt was instrumental in getting Sweetwater Brewery as a sponsor for Troutfest; Sweetwater donating the beer for the cookout and auction each year of the last three.

It is with very deep sorrow that I must tell you all that Matt passed away, very unexpectedly, on Sunday. His obituary can be read here (http://hosting-24617.tributes.com/show/William-Mathews-91821436). His family has asked that tributes be made to the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, or to The Friends of the Smokies. Prayers for his family would be appreciated, I know.

Paula

flyman
07-06-2011, 09:35 PM
That's just awful news. Nice guy, I'll tip one of those Sweetwater products in his honor at the next Troutfest