Jeff Mathias, SS El Faro

$73,622 of $50k goal

Raised by 664 people in 18 months
Sean Holmes
on behalf of Jennifer Mathias
 KINGSTON, MA
Presumed lost at sea, Jeff Mathias, 42 of Kingston, MA, a 1996 graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy and well seasoned licensed Chief Engineer sailing for almost 20 years.   Jeff was onboard the SS El Faro on October 1st, when the ship crossed paths with Hurricane Joaquin.

Jeff and I met while attending Mass Maritime Academy, and with him being from Kingston and myself from Cape Cod, we became very close friends and sailed on many ships together over the years.   We have alot of great memories and sea stories, and it was always fun to be around each other both on and off the ship.

Jeff is a loving husband and father of three children, ages 3, 5, and 7.  A few weeks ago, Jeff shared with me how happy he was to be able to make it home for a week in September to see his oldest off to her first day of school on the school bus.  He had been onboard the ship since June.

In the wake of this tragedy and the unexpected circumstances that Jeff's family now faces, I want to bring support from our community to help Jeff's family throughout this difficult time.  Funds raised through this campaign will be go directly to Jeff's wife to help pay for the unforseen expenses from this incident.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mathias family and all the families effected. 

We still hold on to hope that the crew of the El Faro will be coming home soon.  

Thank you for your support,

Sean Holmes
Mass Maritime '97

 

Links to news articles below:
http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20151005/NEWS/151007873

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/06/us/el-faro-missing-ship-hurricane-joaquin.html?_r=0






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Update 1
Posted by Sean Holmes
18 months ago
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A memorial service for Jeff will be held at Mass Maritime, Oct. 25th at 1 PM, all are welcome to attend.

http://www.currentobituary.com/Memory.aspx?Memory_ObitdID=185229

I want to thank everyone for all of your support, messages, and shared memories, it truly means a lot to all of us.

Sincerely,

Sean

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Janis George
18 months ago

We are very saddened by your loss among the others lost at sea. My husband thinks he worked with Jeffrey and not sure if he ever worked for AMSEA. God Bless. Our prayers are with you

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Elle Kenny
18 months ago

My condolences to your family. I do not know Jeff but he looks very familiar. Is by any chance related to Bruce Mathias?

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$73,622 of $50k goal

Raised by 664 people in 18 months
Created October 7, 2015
Sean Holmes  
on behalf of Jennifer Mathias
RW
$122
Richard WHITNEY
2 months ago

Found memories of a great classmate.

$200
Anonymous
2 months ago
JY
$120
Jeff Yegge
10 months ago

Following Seas brother

EJ
$200
Edward Jaeger
14 months ago
JR
$50
Jack Robichau
15 months ago

Sorry I've been out of the loop. Am retired, was in CA last Oct and I live in VA lately. Must've talked to Jeff at Smelt Pond just before he went off. Wish we got together for breakfast like talked about. Jeff gave me some pictures of my grandfather a while back..

DH
$100
Don Hill
15 months ago
MR
$100
MasterCraft RoofingSidingWindows
16 months ago

God Bless this family

PD
$300
Pete DeGaetano
16 months ago
RI
$1,000
Rexa Inc.
16 months ago
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On behalf of our Company, we wish you a Peaceful Holiday Season in these difficult times.

DS
$100
Dane Smith
16 months ago
Janis George
18 months ago

We are very saddened by your loss among the others lost at sea. My husband thinks he worked with Jeffrey and not sure if he ever worked for AMSEA. God Bless. Our prayers are with you

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Elle Kenny
18 months ago

My condolences to your family. I do not know Jeff but he looks very familiar. Is by any chance related to Bruce Mathias?

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