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In Memory of Matt Willson

by Barb Cashman on March 8, 2012

Matt was my friend, colleague, and collaborator on this blog.  We worked together for a little over a year, but he made a big impression on me.  He was a direct communicator but careful in his speech, reflecting kindness and sensitivity.

I’ll miss him – his smile, jokes, his impeccable IT advice, and our opportunity to work together on another Solo in Colo project we had planned.

What was Matt’s legacy?  He overcame severe dyslexia to excel in college and law school. His community here in Denver witnessed his kindness and acceptance of other people – of all people.  His mentor, Judge Alfred Harrell, delivered a beautiful eulogy, and friends Rob Leveen and Kelly Cherry shared evidence of this legacy. This was confirmed after meeting his parents,  aunt, and cousins.

Death teaches us that kindness, compassion, and love for others survives – it is the only thing that truly survives death.

I think Matt’s legacy of kindness is inspiring because it is something that each of us can not only aspire to but also accomplish. I think it was Kierkegaard who said that life must be lived forward, but it can only be understood backward. One of the things that death teaches us about is life.  It can teach us how to live – projecting forward to look back in a mirror.  It is at that point each of us can ask what it is we want to be remembered for, and start making choices to reflect that, to live the legacy now.

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Robin Rossenfeld March 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm

This news is very sad. I met Matt just a little over a month ago. Despite this brief acquaintance, I knew what a wonderful person he was. He will be missed by everyone he touched. Bless you, Matt.

Marie Drake March 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Thank you for your beautiful tribute. Matt was a good friend and helped me immensely with the launch of my new law firm in March 2011. Prior to that I knew him through Inns of Court. He was funny, smart and kind, and will be missed immensely.

andrea Heller albershardt March 9, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Marie, what a wonderful friend Matt was to you! Wow, he sure helped you achieve a lot and that is something. Glad you had him in your life. sorry to hear of your loss of such a great friend.

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