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05-15-2003, 01:21 AM
Matt Dionne died on Monday on his road trip from TX - NY. He is the guy that set up the Enem cam shaft group buy.
RIP Matt Dionne
05-15-2003, 02:24 AM
Matt was a damn good friend (as much as I would raze him about his n/a gt ;)) and he will be SORELY missed on this site.
05-15-2003, 10:45 AM
That really sucks... he goes an a cross country trip, hoping to meet all kinds of friends and this happens... he ran a pol at turbobricks as to what would go wrong.... this definately wasn't on the list....
05-15-2003, 12:05 PM
Oh my! What a terrible thing.
I planned on meeting him and sharing 242GT stories.
I have his home number, I'll have to send my regrets to his family.
05-15-2003, 12:37 PM
My deepest sympathies to his family and friends. I only knew
Matt from the boards, he did some nice things with setting up
the cam spec pages, and was always a good person to
chat with. What a shame.
05-15-2003, 02:19 PM
I spoke to Matt's father a few minutes ago. I didn't get a chance to know him very well, but he was an extrordinary person. It's sad to see him go at such a young age.
Please go to:
Many things we may not have known about Matt; his passion for life and for Volvos carried over to many other aspects of his life.
His Dad asked those who come to the memeorial service tonight that they park their Volvo outside in the circle in front for everybody to see.
2 volvos Griz
05-15-2003, 03:05 PM
I will be there in spirit.
05-15-2003, 05:47 PM
Peter, were you at the services? Do you happen to know his parents address so we can pass on a mailed message? We have the thread going on Tbricks for posting a message that eventually we'd like to send to his parents, for those of us around the country.
05-15-2003, 06:41 PM
Doug, I don't have an address, but I will go to the service tonight. I have the phone # I'll send to you.
I'm sure Matt's family would like to hear from any of us who knew Matt.
05-16-2003, 04:36 PM
hARRY is sad
05-16-2003, 05:32 PM
The service was very emotional. I was surptised at how many people were there, over 400.
Unknown to me until yesterday, Matt was a handicapped (deaf) person but didn't let that keep him from doing his best no matter what he did. He was respected by so many for his passion and enthusiasm for life. He spent time giving back to his community by lecturing at universities to other's who were handicapped like he was, helping them to cope with the lack of hearing.
As was said in the sermon, Matt's moto was Carpe` Dieum! or Seize the Day!
I have a son who is the same age as Matt, and can sympatiize with his family. I would be devastated if I'd lost my son as Matt's family and friends have lost him.
I wish I had had a chance to get to know Matt better. He accomplished so much in his short time on this earth. Many people will miss him, myself included. God belss him.
05-16-2003, 09:04 PM
Peter, Im going to copy and paste this over at Tbricks, Im sure theres alot of people who'd like to see it.
05-17-2003, 05:18 AM
I think we all wish we had had more of a chance to get to know Matt. I knew in my guy that Mr. Dionne was going places. I did not know he was deaf either until I read it in the article. I guess it was never relevant to anything we 'talked' about on here. He probably felt that it never needed to be mentioned. I feel so sorry for his family. I wish I could have been in Texas for his memorial Services.
In Memorium of Matt Dionne
05-17-2003, 05:48 PM
sad sad thing.. too soon , too soon.. well why does it all come down to same at the end.. some one dies.
i give my greetings to his folks for their lost , it is sad thing then some one dies young and before their parents.. terrible thing and i will drive safe next weeks just for respect.
05-17-2003, 10:26 PM
Shouldn't drive safe just for respect, but that You don't die before your time too.
05-19-2003, 12:06 PM
While in between sets during a concert this weekend, a handicapped person walked through the crowd selling small pins to help her get by with her hearing impairment and raise a daughter.
I asked if she knew Matt Deione, and I got a resounding yes! She described to me the things Matt did in the School for the Deaf in Austin, and how so many handicapped people knew him and how he was such a crusader for them. He was infamous within the community. It is a small world out there, especilly when you've made such a positive impression on so many people.
I'll save the pin I have, with the notes on the back of the card she wrote to tell me all about him, as a reminder of Matt's life, and that it is just too short to squander.
06-13-2003, 10:55 PM
wow, I haven't been to this forum in a while and I just saw this. The link at the beginning no longer works. Can someone tell me what happened?
06-14-2003, 04:12 AM
Matt was on a road trip from his home town in TX to NYC. I believe he was in Tennessee when the incident happened. He was driving in the fast lane when a Nissan Altima jumped the center divide heading in the other direction and colided with his car. I believe he was killed on impact, if not, he died on the scene.
I'm not sure if his name on TB is the same, but his AOL sn was Volvo 78 GT.
06-14-2003, 12:28 PM
My God, thats tragic. Just goes to show that no matter how careful you are, if its your time, its your time. Another reminder to thank God everyday for what you have. :(
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