His story has been told again and again – at the time of his tragic death in Afghanistan 8 months ago and more recently as members of the community step forward to remember a father, athlete, soldier and friend.
MCC-Maple Woods hosted a tribute ceremony for its one-time team leader – praising his athletic talent, and giving even more praise to his work ethic, his kindness, his dedication to family and country. His son Levi threw out a ceremonial first pitch, even though the event was moved indoors, continuing the family baseball tradition in the name of his father, a former right-fielder for the Monarchs.
In spite of the agreed-upon sentiment by his friends that Matt would never choose to stand in the limelight of his own accomplishments, a scholarship founded in his name would be just what Mason would have wanted.
“I think he would be so proud of what everyone has done here,” said wife Jessica Mason. “It means a lot to our family that Matt’s legacy is going to be continued and honored here.”