Luanne and I have lost our son, Matthew Sean Hanger. He was a business analyst for Capital One Financial in Richmond, Virginia, his first position, after graduating with honors from Duke University in 2011. Matthew earned a major in economics and psychology.
Matthew loved Hershey, Pennsylvania, his home, and where he graduated from Hershey High School. He loved and excelled at tennis, playing the number 1 court for the Varsity team from his freshman to senior year, when he was the team's captain. As a youth player, he also was ranked in the top 25 by the United States Tennis Association for the Middle States Region and top 500 nationally.
Matthew was a master of trivia who used his storehouse of knowledge to captain the Hershey High School Quiz Bowl team that qualified in 2005 and 2006 for the National Academic Championships, the first times in team's history. He was also a member of the Mathematics team.
Matthew gave Luanne and me great joy and taught us so much. For example, he had a great way with children. We are thankful for and proud of him.
Nothing is more precious to parents than their children. We love Matthew beyond what words can convey and are devastated by his loss.
We are having a family only funeral service, followed by a memorial service for Matthew that is open to friends. The memorial service will be February 18th at 11:00am at the First United Methodist Church in Hershey. For those who may wish to send flowers, please instead make a donation to the Trojan Foundation that supports the Hershey public schools. Its address is PO Box 898, Hershey PA 17033.
I am suspending further posting to the blog until February 13, 2012.