In honor of the wonderful life and courageous battle Alfredo Matos led, we would like to make a personal, team contribution to the American Cancer Society (in lieu of Flowers per Melissa).
Those that knew Alfredo proclaim how his presence alone lit up the room, and for those that did not have that privilege, the outpouring of love and support for the family during this difficult time will show you just how bright Alfredo's life was, and continues to be.
Here are a few testaments to Alfredo's time here on earth.
"I am so very sorry for your loss. I will life you and your family up in prayer. Alfredo was an amazing champion for ACS (American Cancer Society) and the work he did and efforts he put behind our hotel partners program has no double helped save the lives of countless cancer patients. He will be greatly missed by so many."
- American Cancer Society
"Yesterday a wonderful man lost his battle with cancer. He was not just our boss, he was our leader, and more importantly...our friend. He touched the lives of so many, was well respected and admired by others. I will always remember your infectious laugh, our lives are better just having known you. Our hearts are broken. You will never be forgotten sir, Rest in Peace Alfredo"
- Alfredo's Employer
A story from Melissa about the last few years. This is a very touching tribute and a reminder that in the midst of everything, a reminder of how precious life really is
"A year ago today, the love of my life and I boarded a plane to head to Italy for the 25th anniversary trip of a lifetime... it was a trip he planned and surprised me with. We had the most amazing time! Yesterday I said good bye to my soulmate, he made my life one happy adventure of trips, meals and lots of laughs. My family is no longer complete and our lives are forever changed. I understand that God has a plan for all of us, but this is a tough one, I can't begin to comprehend what could possibly make this better. I'm taking this day by day and have no clue what tomorrow will bring, my heart is in pieces and empty. We've had 3 rough years of intermittent cancer, beat it twice and the 3rd was too much, it came so fast and so aggressive that it attacked his body so quickly and finally took him. I spent the last 3 1/2 weeks at the hospital by his side 24/7, and I'm so thankful that we had the opportunity to talk about things you normally don't... please pray for my girls, they're still so young and I hate that they are having to go through this. If your parent is still here, call them, hug them, tell them how much they mean to you. Hold your children tight and tell them how much you love them and how important they are to you. Don't leave anything unsaid.
My life will never be the same and I'm still not sure how to go on without him, I'm sure I'll figure it out...
To those that didn't know what has been happening, it's because he wanted to keep things private, didn't want anyone to feel sorry or see him as anything else but a man that was fighting without complaining, he was so strong for us and now it's our turn.
He was the best father, husband, son, brother, and friend anyone could ask forI will forever hold you in my heart and will forever love you with all my heart."
- Melissa Matos