Tears shed for tragic loss

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

Matthew and his fam­ily had a love for all things out­doors in­clud­ing camp­ing, fish­ing, and wa­ter ski­ing, snow ski­ing and of course hunt­ing.

Matt ex­celled in swim­ming, cricket and squash at school be­fore leav­ing to start an elec­tri­cal course, and soon worked at the lo­cal bak­ery where he met and fell in love with He­len.

In Septem­ber 1991 Matt and He­len were mar­ried and now have two beau­ti­ful boys Ja­cob and Braiden.

Matt trav­elled to Moss­man on a hunt­ing trip where he met Bud Quaid and fell in love with the Dou­glas re­gion.

When he re­turned home he said to his wife He­len, “I have found the place we are go­ing to live”, and in 1997 Matt, He­len and the boys moved there.

“Life was al­ways full for Matt. He never did things by half - it was all or noth­ing,” He­len said. “He loved his dogs and his hunt­ing and went out any chance he got. He met many won­der­ful life­long friends through it. His fish­ing was also a big part of his life and later passed that on to his boys.”

As a fam­ily they would go on camp­ing and hunt­ing trips and travel to Ti­na­roo with the ski boat, bis­cuit and wake­board­ing.

He­len took Matt and the boys on a trip to Eng­land to meet all of her fam­ily.

Matt worked as a tree lop­per for over 10 years for Moss­man and Port Dou­glas Tree Lop­ping.

“He had a real love, hate re­la­tion­ship with it,” He­len said.“He loved the work but hated be­ing away from his fam­ily. He would much rather have been at home with me, his boys and his dogs. He loved his fam­ily and pro­tected them.”

Mr Jolly was a friend and em­ployee of Billy Quaid at Moss­man and Port Dou­glas Tree Lop­ping.

“ He has worked for us ever since we started the com­pany,” Mr Quaid said.

“ He wasn’t just a hard worker, he was a re­ally good char­ac­ter to have around the work place, he was a mate.”

Moss­man and Port Dou­glas Tree Lop­ping closed down for three days af­ter the ac­ci­dent out of re­spect for Mr Jolly and are unit­ing staff from across Queens­land to sup­port his fam­ily.

“Every­one in the com­pany, there’s be­tween 80 and 100 of us, have all do­nated a day’s pay to the fam­ily,” Mr Quaid said. “Matt was not just a work mate he was a real friend to all of us.”

“On week­ends if you needed help putting a dog cage to­gether or fix­ing some­thing Matt would be the first one to put his hand up,” Mr Quaid said.

“Matt had a funny sense of hu­mour, he al­ways knew how to push peo­ple’s but­tons and make you smile.

“He was no­to­ri­ous for send­ing funny video mes­sages and skits to the boys on his mo­bile phone. The boys loved it.”

Matt was de­scribed as a toughie but most peo­ple only saw that side of him.

“Those that re­ally knew him, knew it was mostly show,” He­len said. “Un­der­neath all that, he was the big­gest softie. He was a lov­ing son, hus­band, fa­ther, brother, un­cle, and friend.”

To show sup­port to the fam­ily join “A Jolly Good Cause” Face­book page.

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