302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

Matthew James Hogan

Matthew James Hogan, 21, of Wilmington, DE entered eternal rest on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

Matthew had an effervescent personality and a passion for history and politics that he shared with his dad and others. His great loves were his family, his friends, and his Boston Red Sox. At just 13 years old, after convincing his parents to allow him to fill out an application to become a Boston Red Sox season ticket holder, the sales office called him to let him know his seats had become available. Only Matt, with his positive nature, could make the impossible case for the cost and logistical challenges seem possible.

He loved being a brother to his sister Catherine. She will forever remember his discriminating taste in music, movies, and television; his patience in helping her edit her papers, his warm and magnificent smile, and how he always remembered to wish her a good night.

Born in Rockport, ME, Matthew was the beloved son of Patricia E. and the late Christopher B. Hogan. His early years were spent in Camden, ME before moving to Wilmington. He attended the Independence School and was a proud graduate of the Salesianum School. Currently, he was enrolled at the University of Delaware, on track to graduate with the class of 2020.

Matthew adored his father, the late Christopher B. Hogan. He is survived by his loving mother Patricia E. Hogan, his adoring sister Catherine Mei Hogan, his maternal grandmother Helen A. Carney of Woburn, MA, his great uncle Father John Gee of Auburn, MA, his devoted aunts and uncles, Anne T. Hogan, Kevin and Meg Dolan, James Hogan, James, Timothy, Michael, Julie Carney, and Paula Ray, his many loving and devoted cousins; and his many Salesianum and Blue Hen friends.

Thoughtful and generous to the core, Matthew would want the battle against ALS in the form of funding research so that others might be spared what his father endured. Memorial contributions may be made to ALS TDI, 300 Technology Square, Suite 400, Cambridge, MA 02139.

Funeral Services

A visitation will be held on Sunday December 2, 2018 from the St. Mary Magdalen Church, 7 Sharpley Road, Wilmington DE from 5-8 pm where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 3 at 10 am.


    Nick Bramble writes,
    Just wanted to leave a brief message and say my prayers are with the Hogan family during this tough time. I graduated with Matt from Sallies and the best way I could describe him to my parents was he was always one of the happiest kids I knew. Matt was one of the few people at sallies that everyone loved, and no one ever had a problem with him. I feel honored to have known him, even though we weren’t the closest friends. Thinking of your family and I am so sorry for your loss I can’t imagine.
    11/29/2018 07:10 pm
    Michael P. Cardile Sr. lit a candle and writes,
    To Tricia and Catherine and the rest of the Hogan family. I cannot put into words how deeply sorry I am for ALL OF US to lose Matt. I am Dominic Cardile’s dad, Michael Cardile Sr. I’ve known Matt since the early days of Independence with my son Dominic. Matt was the nicest most respectful boy I have ever known. Always had a smile to share and so intelligent. I.. WE.. All have a hole in our hearts. I am truly sorry for your loss. If there is ever anything Dominic or I can do for you and your family please do not hesitate to call. Please take care ..
    11/29/2018 08:00 pm
    Cindy Weir lit a candle and writes,
    Trish and Catherine - my heart is with you during this unimaginable time. Matthew brought joy and a playfulness into this world. I will always remember his smile and awnry and good-natured personality. May we all remember how important it is to smile, play and enjoy one another. His light will carry on in all those he touched. With sympathy, Cindy Weir
    11/29/2018 10:04 pm
    Jim McNichol lit a candle and writes,
    Tricia & Catherine - your Matt was a very special young man.I recall warmly his rye smile and hardy laugh when I would tell him the Phillies would beat his beloved Red Sox’s.I also recall the compassion and care he showed his dad the night of his graduation from Sallies. All of us who had a chance to spend time in his presence are much better off because of those interactions. The McNichol family has all of the Hogan’s in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. Love,The McNichol’s
    11/29/2018 11:09 pm
    Kathy and Tom Southern lit a candle and writes,
    Trish, there are no words to express how deeply sorry we are. Praying you can find some comfort knowing that Matthew is once again wrapped in the loving arms of the Dad he adored. Sending you all the love and prayers our broken hearts can possibly hold.
    11/29/2018 11:30 pm
    Mary-Margaret Lennon writes,
    I am truly sorry for the loss of your beloved Matthew. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Love, Mary-Margaret
    11/30/2018 08:18 am
    Jill Hicks lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Tricia & Catherine, you have been on my heart ... Matt was so kind-hearted and fun to have in my music class at Independence. He just lit up the room from the moment he entered. It doesn’t seem possible that he’s left this earth ... but this I know: we will see him and Chris again, and what a reunion that will be! Sending you my love. You know you can reach out to me or my family at any time. Love you both.
    11/30/2018 08:57 am
    Bruce A. Bendler writes,
    As Matthew's history professor this semester, I wish to offer my condolences. May you find comfort and peace as you reflect upon his enthusiasm for life, his generous spirit, and his love for those close to him.
    11/30/2018 10:40 am
    Joe Elia lit a candle and writes,
    Tricia & Catherine -- I am deeply saddened by the passing of Matthew. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Joey
    11/30/2018 10:46 am
    Lisa Glavin writes,
    Trish and Catherine, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. There are no words. You have been on my mind, in my prayers, and on my heart. May God comfort you during this difficult time. Lisa Glavin Wilmington
    11/30/2018 12:37 pm
    Lisa Glavin lit a candle and writes,
    Trish and Catherine- I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words. I will continue to hold you in my prayers, my thoughts, and my heart. May Matthew watch over you and find joy in being reunited with his sweet dad. Much love, Lisa Glavin
    11/30/2018 12:39 pm
    Eileen Friel and Ray Moore writes,
    Dearest Tricia and Catherine, We are truly sorry for the loss of Mathew, you are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Eileen and Ray along with Grainne, Teresa and Noel here in Kindrum, Co Donegal
    11/30/2018 01:01 pm
    Patty Pepe lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Tricia and Catherine- I am so truly sorry for your loss!! There are no words anyone can say to make this any easier on you! Please know I and many people are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Matt is with Chris now and they both will send you strength in this terrible time. Love, Patty Pepe
    11/30/2018 02:09 pm
    Andrea Manni writes,
    Trish and Catherine: My sincerest condolences at this time...my heart is with you...keep the faith. Deepest Regards, Andrea Furnari Manni
    11/30/2018 02:57 pm
    Tobe Panepinto writes,
    prayers for your whole family. We all are thinking of you, ALS ONE family on the cape. ❤️ Dana & Tobe Panepinto
    11/30/2018 05:06 pm
    Beth Carney lit a candle and writes,
    Tricia and Catherine i am so deeply sorry my thoughts and prayer are with you.
    11/30/2018 05:43 pm
    Marsha Floyd lit a candle and writes,
    Trish & Catherine --- I had the pleasure of meeting Matthew in Chicago when he accompanied Chris to the last CSC event I attended with Chris. His caring nature and love of his dad was very apparent during that trip and I am blessed to have been with them for that short time. Your loss is heavy on my heart and I pray you both will find comfort in the encouragement of family and friends, and peace in the quiet moments. ~Marsha Floyd
    11/30/2018 06:27 pm
    Maria Dempsey writes,
    Dear Trish and Catherine: I don't need to tell you want a wonderful friend and confidant Matt was to my son and all his friends. His spirit and friendship will be apart of their lives forever and I pray will help get them through the many challenges of life. My prayers are with you both today, tomorrow and in the days ahead. Maria Dempsey
    11/30/2018 08:52 pm
    Melissa Davis lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Hogan Family, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I met Matt with Chris at a CSC Cubs event. I remember like it was yesterday how well-mannered and friendly he was. Chris was so proud of him! He used to talk to me about the kids and their schooling since I was an Independence alum. I hope you can find some comfort in knowing they’re together again in eternal life and no longer in pain. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. Sending my love and prayers. Love, Melissa Davis (CSC)
    12/01/2018 07:54 am
    Pat Lysik writes,
    Trish, I am so sorry to hear about Matt's passing. I so enjoyed teaching him science and hearing from you how he was succeeding at Sallies and UD. I remember Matt always smiling and bringing joy to the day. He surely will be missed. You and your daughter have been in my thoughts. I sit here with a heavy heart thinking of Matt and wishing things were different. There are no words...….
    12/01/2018 04:00 pm
    The Ciccones lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Trish, Matthew's passing has shocked and broken our hearts. He was Jordan's "first best friend" and was the sweetest boy ever, a wonderful blessing to all. We pray that God keeps you close during your anguish and hope you can find the courage, spirit and strength to carry on. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you, Catherine and your entire family. Joe, Terri, Kyle & Jordan
    12/01/2018 05:17 pm
    Pam Rosinski lit a candle and writes,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. May you find peace in the wonderful memories of Matt.. Pam Rosinski
    12/01/2018 08:12 pm
    Pat Farrell lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Hogan Family, I am heartbroken for all of you and am sending all my love to hold you up in this most excruciating time. Please accept my deepest condolences for your family’s loss.
    12/01/2018 10:10 pm
    Rosane Thacker writes,
    Deepest condolences and sympathies from the Thacker family. We fondly remember Matt from Independence. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.
    12/01/2018 11:03 pm
    Jonas, Alexa, Miles and Annie Raab lit a candle
    12/02/2018 07:03 pm
    Taylor Carney lit a candle and writes,
    Auntie Trish & Catherine words cant not explain how sorry I am. This is so heartbreaking and I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Much Love, Taylor.
    12/03/2018 06:35 am
    The Videler Family lit a candle and writes,
    What we have once enjoyed We can never lose... All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. Helen Keller
    12/05/2018 08:50 pm
    Billy Ray Adams lit a candle and writes,
    My heart breaks for you all reading this. I love you all with my entire heart and know I have been keeping you guys in my thoughts and prayers morning and night. Hold those memories close and never stop reminiscing. Hugs and love Trish and family ♥️
    12/06/2018 10:07 pm

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