The families of the late Matt O'Donnell would like to acknowledge the overwhelming generosity, sympathy and kindness shown to us not just following our sad loss but also during the short time of Matt's illness. We can not thank our extended families, many friends, neighbours, work colleagues, schools and others whom visited our home, attended the service and wake and who provided support to us both emotionally and practically. We will be forever grateful for those who phoned, travelled, sent flowers and cards and all messages of condolences. For your generosity of all the baking, meals, food and gifts received for Mason and Mackenzie we thank you, along with with the kind donations for our family and charitable donations made to the Marlborough Hospice. A special thanks to all staff at the Marlborough Hospice for their kindness, support and caring for both Matt and our family during his illness. We felt empowered to be able to care for Matt at our home where he wanted to be. And finally to Cloudy Bay Funerals for their professional and sensitive matter in handling all arrangements. Thank you, we are touched beyond words.

Published in The Press on Mar. 13, 2018