"The true measure of our existence is the amount of lives we have touched by reaching out and being a friend."


Matthew Karl Meier 1968 - 1996

Matthew Meier - A friend to all who knew him, and all who knew him, loved him - read more about Matthew Meier at www.matthewmeier.com
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  riendship:  True friendship is one of life's precious gifts.  In this life, the true measure of our existence is the amount of lives we have touch merely by reaching out and being a friend. 

Matthew Meier lived out his dream of working in the Airline Industry when he was accepted into the United Airlines Family - read more at www.matthewmeier.com

United Airlines has long held their slogan as "Fly the Friendly Skies".  It's no coincidence that Matthew Meier sought to work for them after graduating from S.I.U.  Matthew became an inspiration to all United Air Lines employees while he worked for them as a Supervisor, Ramp Serviceman, and an Aircraft Router from the time he graduated S.I.U. through June of 1995 when he took long-term disability leave at the height of his battle with rare form of Testicular Cancer known as Mediastinal Germ Cell Tumors, which carries only a 50% cure ratio.   

OPBOP Manager Jim Pierscionek and his United Airlines team made sure Matthew Meier's memory was kept alive even years after his passing - read more at www.matthewmeier.com

Faced with the lack of income that accompanies the first six months of long-term disability, Matthew's then manager, Jim Pierscionek, and his team at OPBOP went into action.  Lead by Jim, the team held raffles and silent auctions often offering up their own personal possessions to be auctioned off.  They also organized fund raisers to assist Matthew and Katie in paying the staggering medical bills and achieve their dream of being married on April 27, 1996.  It was a blessed day.


Matt touched so many lives prior to his passing, that on February 27, 1997 at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, Jim Pierscionek, his manager at United Airlines, presented a freshly painted Boeing 737-300 aircraft, UAL N9933UA, bearing Matthew’s name on the front of the plane below the cockpit ~ a symbol of honor ~ as a tribute to the legacy Matthew Meier left behind.  Every year United Air Lines sponsors the United Airlines-SIUC Aviation Career Day collaborative effort with the Aviation Department at S.I.U. targeted at Chicagoland High School students whom have an interest in aviation. 

They're flown via United Airlines to the campus and given a tour of the Aviation Department.  On March 31, 1997 ~ what would've been Matt's 29th birthday ~ Matthew’s plane transported the students.  Its pilots and crew were comprised of former S.I.U. alumnus.  Matthew's plane was retired on May 4, 2009 [ Read Article | View Pictures].  His memory will live on forever in the hearts of all whom knew him. [ Read Letters ]


Matthew Meier was laid to rest on September 25, 1996 at St. Adalbert's Cemetary - read more about Matthew Meier's life at www.matthewmeier.com

On September 25, 1996 at 1:00pm, with his family and loved ones at his side, Matthew Karl Meier died at 28 years of age.  He was laid to rest at in Niles, Illinois on the grounds of St. Adalbert’s Cemetery at a special spot lying directly beneath airline’s flight patterns so that Matt can watch United's airplanes fly overhead for eternity.


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