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By haplopeart (Thu Sep 21, 2006 at 09:28:10 AM EST) death, friend of a friend (all tags)
Sad news about a truly great person, I didn't know him well, but he is now sadly missed.

I recieved an Email earlier from a friend of mine about a friend of his that I have met a couple times.  He died the other day at 39 years of age. 
Matt was a truly wonderful person with a great outlook on life.  Life Crapped on him (at least in my opinion) and yet he was a happy person who didn't let anything get him down or in his way.  He always smiled and laughed alot.  

He due to a congenital problem he was on this third heart. 

The Email:

Matthew V. Shelales

Matthew V. Shelales, 38, of Bolton, MA died Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at his residence. Born in Framingham, MA, October 5, 1967 he was the son of Warren and Linda (Applegren) Shelales of Bolton, MA.

Besides his parents, Matthew is survived by his two brothers, John Shelales of Clinton, MA, Steven Shelales of Bristol, RI; his grandparents, Mary Shelales of Marlborough, MA, Domenica Applegren of Concord, MA; one niece, Alyssa Shelales and two nephews, Joshua and Jonathan Shelales. Matthew also leaves behind his high school classmates, co-workers past and present and friends both new and old. He counted himself blessed beyond words that his life was worthy to be somehow interwoven with theirs, even if only brief.

Matthew required a heart transplant when he was 16 years old, and his was the second heart transplant performed at the Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, on February 10, 1984. His cardiology team, led by Dr. Gilbert Mudge remained active in his post-op care. In 1996, his transplanted heart had suffered enough damage to require a second transplant which was performed on January 1, 1997 at the Brigham & Women's Hospital by the same cardiology team. On August 8, 2006, his yearly evaluation showed he had developed one completely blocked coronary artery and another one was well on its way.

Matthew had many interests including computer networking systems, computer games, board games and card games few people would recognize. He enjoyed spending time with friends, traveling, collecting foreign and domestic coins and also collected Slot Club cards from casinos. He was politically active for the Libertarian party during the 2004 election year bringing awareness of their existence and informing fellow citizens that they were not confined to just Republican or Democrat choices. Matthew held one saying close to his heart: "Life is too short to take seriously." A lesson learned the hard way and a younger age than most.

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