Matthew Peterson

August 3, 1977 - August 31, 2016
Matthew Peterson


Matthew Owen Peterson, 39, of Castle Hayne, North Carolina died August 31, 2016 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC from complications of Crohn’s Disease.

He was educated in New Hanover County Schools and attended Cape Fear Community College majoring in Business. Matthew was an accomplished woodworker and he loved creating custom furniture. His passion was Star Wars, and he spent years collecting memorabilia, building a collection of which he was most proud. Unfortunately, as his health declined, much of his motivation waned, but he always kept a smile on his face and a kind word on his lips.

Matthew’s faith in God continued to grow during his illness and on August 17, 2016, from his hospital bed, he requested to dedicate his life to God. Rev. Volley Hanson, a dear family friend baptized him at his bedside bringing a smile to Matthew’s face and peace to his heart.

Fighting a courageous battle with this debilitating condition for 23 years, Matthew was an inspiration to all who knew him. His friends were never failing and remained dedicated to him throughout his illness, always supportive and available.

Matthew is survived by his devoted mother, Margaret Denise Bessellieu of the home, a brother, James Michael Peterson II and a sister, Margaret Elizabeth Peterson, both of Wilmington, a sister, Haley Peterson Haynes of Scotts Hill, NC and a sister, Cassandra Wright Peterson of Fayetteville, NC., a very special aunt and his mother’s sister, Lucinda Bessellieu Minges of Kinston, NC., and his “Cousin Buddy” Anna Bessellieu McCauley of Masonboro Sound. Survivors also include his father, Mike Peterson, his niece, Gracynne, many loving aunts, uncles and cousins and a very special little 5 year old second cousin, Matthew (Mak), who thought his “Uncle” Matthew “hung the moon”.

A private service will be held at Matthew’s beloved Masonboro Sound and A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.

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  • September 02, 2016
    Jean Alphin (LCBOE) says:
    So sorry for your loss, may precious memories bring you comfort and peace.

  • October 04, 2016
    Cathy Dixon Boles says:
    Denise, I am so sorry for the loss of your son Mathew. I can only imagine how you must be feeling. I hope you can find some sense of this tragedy somehow. There are not enough words to say how sorry I am for your loss. Cathy Boles

  • September 07, 2016
    Pat Miller says:
    So sorry to hear about Matthew I know him and his grandmother are in haven and dancing now All his family are in my thoughts and prayers

  • September 04, 2016
    Leigh Garner says:
    Matty! You were always so much fun! I hate you left this world so soon. You will be missed but we can find comfort knowing we will see you again. Until that day! Save me a spot.... Love always Leigh Holland Garner

  • September 04, 2016
    Sue says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God hold you in the comfort of. His arms during this very difficult time.