Matthew Sean Williams October 4, 1979 - July 3, 2020

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Matthew Sean Williams, age 40, of St. Paul, passed away July 3, 2020.  Survived by parents, Jerry and Jean Williams; brothers, J.J. (Amanda), John, Sam; sisters, Andrea, Maggie. Niece Abby, nephew Connor. Many Aunts, Uncles, cousins, and friends. Big man with an even bigger heart, affectionately known as Ogre by his gaming community.  He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Mass of Christian Burial 11am Monday, July 13 at the Church of St. Joseph, 1154 Seminole Ave, West St. Paul. Visitation at the church 1 hour before Mass. In lieu of flowers a donation in Matt’s name to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) would be appreciated.

Mass of Christian Burial 11am Monday, July 13 at the Church of St. Joseph, 1154 Seminole Ave, West St. Paul. Visitation at the church 1 hour before Mass. In lieu of flowers a donation in Matt’s name to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) would be appreciated.


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    Tracy Nightingale says

    I had the pleasure of working with Matt for many years, including the last two years. He was such a great guy! Every morning he would come into our room with a huge smile and a “good morning everyone” and when he left he always said goodnight. He was so knowledgeable about so many different things, gaming, movies, history, politics, law, anime and more. He once thoroughly convinced several people that jackalopes were real with a crafty on the spot story of their evolutionary origin. He treated everyone with kindness and respect. I’ll miss his sense of humor, his smile and his booming voice and personality.

    To his family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing Matt with the world. It was a pleasure to know him. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that he touched so many lives in his life which ended far too soon.

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    Benjamin Sehr says

    You were always one of my favorite people to hang out with. Play games with and have conversations way later into the night than we should have. The next life is getting one of our great friends and game masters. I’m going to miss you, Ogre.

    My condolences to all of Matt’s friends,family and loved ones.

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    Teddy says

    Matt, you will be missed.

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    Tom Kuhfeld says

    So sorry for your loss! A parent shouldn’t have to go through this.

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    Liz Carlson says

    Matt and I worked for several years and a variety of employers. I loved his can-do practicality, political humor, kindness, and intelligence. He will be missed by many.

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    Matt Leichter says

    I didn’t get to know Matt much when he worked at Consilio in Minneapolis, but I suspect we shared many interests. However, one thing I know we shared was our first names. I am Matt’s age, and for whatever reason in the late 1970s in America, “Matthew” shot up in popularity among boys names. Undoubtedly Matt too experienced environments in which he had to distinguish himself from other Matts. I imagine in school he had to sign his homework, “Matt W,” while his classmates could just use their first names.

    Thus, when Matt joined Consilio we had to come up with a way of preventing confusion among our coworkers as to which Matt they were talking about. Rather than use something condescending like, “Matt Two,” or, “Other Matt,” we arrived at a novel idea: referring to each other as, “Fellow Matt.” It didn’t matter which Matt would be named first, but the subsequent one would be Fellow Matt. It worked well for us, and we were lucky no more Matts joined the company because it would’ve forced us to rethink it.

    At the time, I thought the Fellow Matt concept was so clever that I’d use it in other multiple-Matt situations. Maybe he would too. But with Matt’s passing, it instead feels like I’d be replacing him. My condolences to his friends and family, and rest in peace, my Fellow Matt.

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    Lacy says

    Matt made such an impression on his law school class. I would like his family to know how much we adored him and how much his thoughtful arguments and strong advocacy will be missed. The legal community in Minnesota has lost a great advocate and friend. I have also survived the death of a sibling and I know how hard it is. Hold each other close and take time for yourselves. He is irreplaceable, but his memories will live on.

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    Esther Goldschlager says

    Matt was one of my closest law school friends. I will always treasure and hold dear his very kind heart, witty sense of humor, deep capacity for empathy, and his keen ability to befriend just about anyone and everyone.

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    Bob and Nancy Lundquist says

    Jean and Jerry I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t even imagine the pain you are feeling. Your family is in my prayers daily.

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    Susan says

    Your dear Matt was a wonderful friend of my son, Nils. Nils loved and admired Matt and Matt’s genius and humor in their gaming group. Condolences and prayers for comfort are with all of you.

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    Stephanie says

    Matt was my former classmate, colleague, happy hour bud, fellow DTP alum, and most of all a great friend. He had an amazing way of making everyone feel welcome, appreciated, and valued. I got to know Matt well, and our many gaming conversations helped me feel at home in law school. I always looked forward to when he would segue our group chats into interesting topics (or a neat story), and hearing his big laugh was one of the small comforts during such a stressful time. He was one in a million, and will be greatly missed.

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    Wallace says

    I knew Matt for around 15 years, since he began gaming with my childhood friends in St. Paul. Matt’s magnanimity, personal integrity, humor, and goodness were as distinctive as his stature. Not only were his caring and sense of justice true, they were accessible to everyone he encountered, regardless of how their lives, identities, experiences, and habits might have differed from his own. There are a thousand reasons that I am grateful to have known him, but maybe more than anything for the example that he set for us all, of how to treat each other.

    To the man himself: Rest easy, my friend, and send our loving regards to those who left before you. It has been an honor to count you among my close friends and comrades – you were our party’s paladin, and the loss is staggering. We will all miss your laughs and bellows, your enveloping hugs, your company, protection, and wit more than I could possibly convey here. I hope we can all play together again, in some other place. From the bottom of my heart, through many tears.

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    Wendy Fox says

    Dear Jean and Family-
    I was so sorry to hear about Matt’s passing. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers wishing you comfort and peace.

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    Jane Zophy says

    To Jean, Jerry and family,
    We are so sorry for your tremendous loss. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Love, Jane, Greg & Claire Zophy

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    carolyn wacker says

    Dear Jean, Jerry, family and cousins,
    I am so sorry for your terrible and unexpected loss. You have been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be in the weeks to come. I will be donating to NAACP in honor of Matt. May Christ be with you. Love, Cary Wacker

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    Evan Izaksonas-Smith says

    I still can’t quite believe it, I miss you every day. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of something I want to share with you or ask you. An entire piece of my life is ripped away. You were always one of the greatest people I knew. A truly good human being. Kind and compassionate. I miss you but I will not forget you.

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