Matthew D. Roberge A Westford Academy Student


5850 RobergeWebMatthew D. Roberge, 16, of Westford, MA died Sunday August 7, 2016 at Mass. General Hospital in Boston after a brave battle against Leukemia.

Born in Brockton, MA on Nov. 13, 1999, he was a son of James and Christine (Cafarelli) Roberge of Westford.

Matt was a student at Westford Academy where he would have been a Junior.

He was a Life Scout with St. Catherine’s Boy Scout Troop 195. He was active with the church and participated in the 2015 Youth Mission Trip.

He played for Westford Youth Soccer and Basketball and the Westford Academy JV Soccer team. He enjoyed being outdoors, camping and spending time around the campfire. Matthew had a beautiful smile, sparkling eyes full of joy and curiosity. He was communicant of St. Catherine’s Church in Westford.

Besides his parents, he is survived by his brother, Philip Roberge of Westford; his maternal grandparents, George and Shirley Cafarelli of Schenectady, NY; two dogs, Max & Simba; Many aunts and uncles, John Roberge, Susan Liepman, Bill Roberge, Cindy Roberge, Terri Roberge, Terri Cafarelli, and Karen Smith; many cousins, Jason, Justin and Jared Roberge, Jessica, Sarah and Tamara Liepman-Roberge, Douglas Roberge, Randy and Elaine Bird, Ryan Smith and Easton Bird; his godmother, Linda DeRuscio and many friends.

The Family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Mass. General Hospital and the amazing Town of Westford for their kindness, support and generosity to the family. Special thanks to all of Matthew’s friends who communicated daily with him.

Visiting hours are Friday 4:00 TO 8:00 St. Catherine's Church 107 Main St. Westford, MA with a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Church. Burial in St. Catherine Cemetery, Westford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Youth Mission Trip C/o St. Catherine Church 107 Main St. Westford, MA 01886 or to Mass. General Hospital Pedi Hem-Onc c/o Dr. Howard Weinstein Dept. of Pedi-Hem 55 Fruit St. Yawkey 8B Boston, MA 02114.



August 12, 2016
4:00pm to 8:00pm
St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish


August 13, 2016
St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish
  1. Linda-Marie Atton says:

    Chris and family I’m so sorry to hear about Matthew. He was a wonderful boy. Remember always coming to the Abbot Office with his beautiful smile and those beautiful eyes.
    Rest in peace Matthew you will be truly missed. My thoughts are with you Chris and your family.

  2. Marie Bolton says:

    Chris and family,

    I was so sad to hear of Matt’s passing. My heart is filled with sorrow for all of you as you grieve his absence. With deepest sympathy and prayers

    Marie Bolton

  3. Janice ostrander says:

    I am a friend of Terri caffarelli and am so sad to hear of the passing of this beautiful young man. I can’t imagine the pain of what you are feeling with the deepest loss to a parent and family. I will keep you all in my prayers

  4. Karen Alibrandi says:

    Dear Chris and Family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dear son Matt. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and always. May he rest in pease.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Karen Alibrandi and Family

  5. John Lannin says:

    Jim, I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

    John Lannin (Raytheon)

  6. Todd Hamelin says:

    Matthew’s smile brightened the hallways of the Abbot School and will forever stay in our hearts. My deepest condolences to the Roberge family.

  7. Richard & Fiona Atkins says:

    Thank you Matthew for enriching so many of our lives with your wonderful, happy, enthusiastic presence, you will truly be missed but never forgotten, we will keep you in our hearts forever.

    Richard, Fiona, Ryan, Brennan, Will.

  8. Beth Schumacher says:

    Jim, Chris and Philip,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Sending you hugs and prayers and thinking of you all. Matt will always be with you in your hearts.
    Beth and Dan Schumacher

  9. Brian Doherty says:

    Although I did not know Matt, my heart, thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

    Brian Doherty
    Guidance Counselor
    Westford Academy

  10. lori tate says:

    Dear Chris, Jim and Philip,

    There are no words to describe how sorry we are to hear of Matt’s passing. We are there with you all in thoughts and prayers always. Love you,
    Scott and Lori

  11. Barbara Menzie says:

    Dear Chris and Family,

    More than words can say, we all share in your sorrow over the loss of your sweet son, Matthew.

    With love,
    Barbara Menzie

  12. Liz Sears says:


    So sorry for your loss. Max was fortunate enough to be in a class with Matt and told us what a great kid Matt was and how Matt made Max feel at ease with starting WA. I can not image the pain you and your family are going through but I hope that your pain can be eased with knowing that Matt touched so many in a positive way.

    With deep sympathy,
    Liz Sears

  13. AUDREY LAMBERT says:

    From the Blair/Twomey family
    to our cousin Dearest Jimmy and Christine,
    Our Thoughts and prayers are with you and family.


  14. The Sheridan-Pritchard Family says:

    Dear Friends, we continue to pray that God will continue to strengthen you during this difficult time. Matt will be missed.

    Love, Holly, Tom, Thomas and Mark Pritchard

  15. Christine Pelletier says:

    For Matthew and his family,

    It was a sweet privilege to know you..
    your bubby smile and sense of humor will stay in my heart.
    rest well with the angels, and be in eternal peace.

    Christine of Pediatrics West

  16. Liz and Arun jani says:

    Dear Chris, Jim and Phil,
    Words cannot express how heartbroken we are. Matt put up a most courageous and brave fight against this disease. The love and strength of family was evidenced by Matt’s amazing attitude and spirit during his fight. We pray that his soul is at peace and your family will find peace in the abundant and wonderful memories of sweet Matt. Even though we have shed many tears, ultimately when we think of Matt, we smile. His smile was so lovely and contagious. May Matt’s memory be eternal. Love, the Jani’s. Liz, Arun, Jason,Eashan and Nayan

  17. Diane Trovato says:

    My thoughts and prays have been with you for a while. Matthew is with the angels and is being taken care of without any pain. May he rest in peace.

  18. Nancy Bush says:

    Chris,Jim and Phil, we are so sorry to hear of Matt’s passing. Our thoughts are prayers are with you all. Nancy,Dan and Kevin

  19. Louise Hawko says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of Matthew Roberge. Though I’ve only met Terri and Jim a few times please Accept our condolences. May Creator bring him to the loving arms of his ancestors. Xo. Autumn Dove

  20. Carlee,Crystal,Gayle and Paul says:

    Dear Jim,Chris and Phil
    I was saddened hear about Matt I’m so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Crystal will cherish all the great memories she had with him. God Bless you and your whole family. Matt will be truly missed by all who were blessed to have crossed paths with him.

    Love to you all,
    Your longtime friends and neighbors Carlee,Crystal,Gayle and Paul

  21. The Maloney Family says:

    Jim, Chris & Phil – We are so sorry to hear the sad news about Matt. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Our deepest sympathies. Love, Dennis & the Six Pack (Sheila, Nancy, Brian, Kelly, Mo & Matt and our families)

  22. Sue Havican says:

    I imagine there is no pain more far reaching and deeper than losing a child. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family at this most difficult time.

  23. Rose Vetere says:

    Dear Chris,
    I am saddened to learn of Matthew’s passing. I know Matthew, you and your family put up a valiant fight to overcome his illness. I cannot imagine the strength and courage it took to live with the ups and downs of your struggles against this disease. May God grant you the same strength and courage to face your sorrow and grief and with His support, and that of family and friends, may you find peace.

    Although I will not be able to attend services, my thoughts will be with you this weekend. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

    Rose Vetere

  24. Andrea Pickersgill says:

    To Chris, Jim, Phil, and entire family, we send our sincerest condolences on the loss of a very special young man who has touched and inspired many with his spirit and courage. He will be greatly missed and not forgotten…

    “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

    The Pickersgill Family

  25. Sue Woodward says:

    Our condolences to your whole family, from the Woodwards.

  26. jean m deluca says:

    it has been a wonderful activity for my classes to pray for matt, make cards, and generally be the good kids that they are. he and your family are in our prayers.
    god has such a wonderful addition to heaven.

  27. Mary Starsiak says:

    Dear Jim and Chris, So Sorry for your loss. I wish that Ed and I could be with you at this time. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love You, Mary and Ed Starsiak

  28. Harsha Venkatesh says:

    Dear Chris and Jim,
    Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, please just know that you are very close in our every thought and prayer. Matt will be greatly missed.
    With our deepest sympathy,
    The Venkatesh family
    Harsha, Veena, Rohan, Vinay & Anish

  29. Lynnette Wapniewski says:

    Dear Chris, Jim and Philip,
    Words seem inadequate at this time. How can such a tremendous loss be? I hope memories of happy times with Matthew will be of comfort to you all. I’m so very sorry. I continue to pray for you.

  30. The Peyerson Family says:

    Although we did not know Matt, our family prayed for him and your family with the rest of St. Catherine’s and we mourn his passing with you. May God grant you peace and comfort. You are in our prayers.

  31. joan Anderson says:

    Dear Chris and family,
    I wish to offer my sincerest condolences on the loss of your beautiful son Matt. I know that there are no words to express what you are feeling. Matt is in God’s hands now, may he rest in peace. Joan Anderson

  32. Megan Eckroth says:

    Chris and family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss and heartbreak. Our deepest sympathies,
    The Eckroth Family

  33. Eliot Laracuente-Cotte says:

    Our deepest condolences. Our family’s prayers and thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow.

    Sincerely, Eliot & Family

  34. Margaret Stone says:

    Dear Chris and Jim,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Words seem to fall short when it comes to describing Matt. All I can say is that he made us better, and had a gift for making people feel comfortable. He was a special person and will be missed by so many.
    Love and strength.
    Margaret Stone

  35. The Hoagues says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I did not know him but being a long time Westford resident and graduate of WA wanted to send our heartfelt prayers to the family.

  36. The Hander Family (Abbot School) says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss and will be praying for your family.

  37. Sandy Devarney/ says:

    Thinking of you all and sending you strength. I am so sorry for your loss.I enjoyed having Matt as a student.You are in my thoughts & prayers.

  38. Melissa Scott says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. We continue to pray for you and Matt. We pray that Matt has found comfort and rest in the loving arms of God and that you may find comfort in each other. Love, The Scott family (Melissa, Chris, Matthew, and Justin)

  39. Krista DeMarco says:

    Chris, Jim and Philip,

    Please accept our deepest
    condolences. We are so very sorry for your loss. Matt’s beautiful smile, great laugh and lively personality are what stand out in our minds.
    May your memories with your beautiful son comfort you during this most difficult time.
    Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for you and sending our love.

    The DeMarco Family
    Krista, Dante, Erin and Kelly

  40. Kathy Osborn says:

    Chris and family,
    My deepest sympathy to all of you. My heart breaks for you.

  41. The Cohan Family says:

    Love to you all. Matt’s spirit will forever be in our hearts. He was a wonderful guy from a wonderful family!

  42. Anne Little says:

    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your son.

  43. Ashley says:

    Dearest Chris & Family,

    You have my deepest sympathy. I’m so sorry for loss.

    Sending love,
    Ashley Collins

  44. Donna Lobo says:

    Chris, Jim, and Phil,

    There are no words strong enough to express how heavy our hearts are. Please know that you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Wishing you strength during this difficult time and love and beautiful memories to help ease the pain. Matt’s beautiful smile and his courage have impacted so many people and he will live on in everyone’s hearts. God bless you all. The Lobo Family

  45. Karen Langell says:

    Dear Jim, Chris & Phillip,
    Words can’t express the sorrow that I feel. Matthew was such a trooper through this entire journey. His bravery was unlike I’ve never seen before in such a young man. He will be missed by so many but I will miss his beautiful smile, our great conversations and his entire being. Rest in peace Matthew…
    God Bless,
    Karen Langell

  46. Shirley Brostmeyer says:

    Jim and Chris–I am so sorry for your loss. Although we have not spoken for a long time, I will keep you in my prayers.

    • Jim Roberge says:

      Shirley, Too long. I added you to the Facebook group Remembering Matt Roberge

      I do follow your Facebook page.

      You would have loved Matt.


  47. The lears says:

    Phil & Erin,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. There are no words, just know you have a very special angel who will be by your side. May he rest in peace.
    Please let us know if there is anything we can do. We love you both.
    Charlene & Tim Lear

  48. The Dagostino Family says:

    Dear Phil and Erin,
    Words can not express the sadnesss and heartbreak your going through. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family and friends. Matthew will live in your hearts forever. We are so sorry for your loss.
    The D’Agostino Family
    Paul Doreen Paulie and Christian
    Lynnfield, Mass

  49. Seema Pusalkar (Abbot School PTO) says:

    Chris, Please accept my deepest condolences.You are in our thoughts & prayers.

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