Tears shed for tragic loss
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.