CPT Nicolas's Story
CPT Nicolas Eric Matt, 31 of Erie, died Sunday, December 3, 2017 as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Erie. Born, December 7, 1985 in Franklin, he was the son of Frank A. and Diana C. Giles Matt.
CPT Nicolas Eric Matt was commissioned as an Infantry Officer through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) May 2008. His service includes Platoon Leader with Charlie Company, 2-504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division; Assistant Logistics Officer and Assistant Battalion Operations Officer with HHC, 2-504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division; Command and Control officer for the National Boy Scout Jamboree; Detachment Commander for Detachment 4, 13th Psychological Operations Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve; Detachment Operations Officer with 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), West Virginia National Guard; and Liaison Officer for the Critical Infrastructure Protection Battalion within the Joint Interagency Training & Education Center (JITEC), West Virginia National Guard.
CPT Matt's overseas service includes a combat tour with the 82nd Airborne Division in 2009-2010 supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and a West Virginia State Partnership Program tour to Lima, Peru in 2014 as a liaison officer with the State Department.
His awards and badges include Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (one Campaign Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Canadian Forces Red Parachutist Badge, and the Irish Defense Forces Parachutist Wings.
He was a 2004 graduate of Lakeview High School and also a graduate of Penn State Behrend.
Nicolas was presently serving in the National Guard and was a real estate agent for ReMax in Erie. He was also employed at Norfolk Southern Railroad in Girard.
He became an Eagle Scout at the age of 14 and loved hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, weightlifting, and running. He was a member of the Meadville Masonic Lodge #234 and of the Erie Yacht Club. He cherished time spent with family and his dog, Major.
Survivors include his fiancé Katelyn Urban of Erie, his parents of Sandy Lake, and four sisters, Amy Aiken of Sandy Lake, Tammy Barrett and her husband Andy of Utica, Mindy and Jeremy Seeley and Tia Matt and her fiancé Daryl Buchanan of Cochranton. Eleven nieces and nephews, Ryan Aiken, Ashley Aiken, Gage Aiken, Emma Barrett, Kyla Matt, Kara Matt, Jeremy Seeley, Dominic Domhoff, Dawson Domhoff, Dylan Domhoff and Demi Domhoff.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother and his grandparents, Frank and Shirley Matt and John and Katherine Giles.
Friends and family will be received at the DICKSON FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, INC., 123 S. Franklin St., Cochranton on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9. The funeral service will be 11:00am Saturday at the Cochranton United Methodist Church 114 East Adams Street with Rev. John Bargar, officiating. Interment will be in the Cochranton Cemetery with full military honors.
Memorial contributions can be made in Nicolas's name to MADD, 222 Cunningham St., Mercer PA, 16137 or Precious Paws, POBox, 784 Franklin PA, 16323.
Published on December 5, 2017