Tributes to Cumbrian man found dead on beach
Last updated at 11:18, Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Tributes have been paid to a young DJ and fisherman who would "do anything" for his friends.
Matthew Scott Holliday, 31, of Main Road, Harrington, was found by a member of the public on Flimby beach on Sunday, three days after he went missing.
His mother Barbara Charnley, 51, described her son as a daredevil who loved fishing on the coast.
“He did everything for everybody else,” she said.
“He had such a brain on him and was too clever for his own good.
“He would loan his friends money or get up in the middle of the night in the rain to see them if they were worried. He would walk the roads day and night for his mates and if he couldn’t find his shoes he would go barefoot.”
Matthew, who battled mental illness for years, recently lost his grandmother Jean Holliday, with whom he was very close, his mother said.
She said her son loved music and parties, but also had a profound religious faith and spent six months in a monastery in Calabria in Italy.
Matthew, who was a DJ at the Royal Oak pub in Workington, worshipped his 88-year-old grandfather Richard ‘Doc’ Holliday, who had been a World War Two naval gunner.
He earned a scholarship to St Bees School but instead chose to go to St Joseph’s Catholic High School in Workington. His uncle Luke Holliday, 43, helped bring him up.
“He was a good la’al fisherman, a cracking angler who could’ve gone all the way,” he said.
“I fished at a high level and he could have been better than me. He was good at drawing too, a brilliant artist.”
Matthew leaves behind his stepfather Chris, uncles Richard, Phillip and Luke, and auntie Sarah.
He also leaves behind two stepbrothers, Simon and Daniel, and a stepsister, Victoria.
Matthew was last seen by his family at around 4pm on Boxing Day when he told them he was going for a walk.
Hundreds of tributes have flooded in on his Facebook page.
James Lomas wrote: “It was an honour growing up with you back in the day when we would be fishing at the end Workington pier or jetty only catching a cold.”
Laura Johnstone wrote: “You deserve to be happy because you made others happy. I hope you are happy now.”
Mike Moore wrote: “Don’t think you realised how many people really loved and cared for you. You were the most entertaining guy I’ve ever met the life and soul of any party.
“You always made everyone laugh and smile and you would do anything for anyone - a truly genuinely good man.
“Hope you’re in a better place now. Heaven has gained a legend.”
Police say that there are no suspicious circumstances at this time and details have been passed to the coroner.
First published at 11:10, Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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U are with the angles keep and eye out for my Callum who was found on 17th December at Allenby, to the family I know what your going through as a grieving mum of a son lost to the sea. Xx
Can't believe your gone kedd il always remember the good times we had you had a heart of gold il never forget you pal ...... Tuft xx
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