Seth Adam Mattson

April 13, 1981 - August 25, 2007
Seth Adam Mattson

Seth Adam Mattson, 26 year old resident of the Bottom in downtown Wilmington, died Saturday, August 25, 2007 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was born on April 13, 1981 and grew up in Newburyport, MA. He attended Brewster Academy and High Point University. He was an employee of the Red Cross, and was currently enrolled at Cape Fear Community College. An avid sports fan and supporter of historic preservation, Seth loved basketball, swimming, boating, weight-lifting, playing with his niece, and architecture. He was frugal and had a dry sense of humor and fresh honesty.

He is deeply loved and will be sadly missed by his family, friends, and those he touched along the way. He is survived by his parents, Bonnie Mattson and Greg Mattson, his sister, Tiffany, brother-in-law Ben, and niece Isabella Erichsen, his fiancé Bessi Tarrants and their dog Grundle, all of Wilmington. Other family include his Aunt Carole and Uncle Rob Berley of Media, PA, his cousins Ryan and Eric Berley of Philadelphia; and also Uncle Steven, Aunt Maddy, and Carly Mattson of Lyme, CT.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship 4313 Lake Avenue 1:00 PM Tuesday August 28, 2007.

Memorials may be made to the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross in lieu of flowers. 1102 S. 16th Street Wilmington, NC 28401

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone 910.791.9099


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  • August 28, 2007
    Lynn O'Connell says:
    Dearest Bonnie and Your Beautiful Family: It was an honor for me to be part of the lovely ceremony today for Seth. It made me especially sad because I never had the opportunity to know him. He sounds like someone I would love to call a friend. I was especially moved by his two cousins from Philadephia, the hometown of my husband. They talked about how much the ocean meant to Seth and I thought of this poem that has helped me in times of loss. Blessings to you sweet ones.... "There Is No Death" I am standing on the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch her until at length she is a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, "There! She's gone!" Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and she is just as able to bear her load of living weight to her destined harbor. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, "There! She's gone!" There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voies ready to take up the glad shout, "There she comes!"

  • August 27, 2007
    chris Crecelius says:
    To everyone effected by this loss, my thoughts and prayers go out to you all. To Seth, I love you brother, you have always been a great person and great friend; remembering only the smiles and the good memories you brought to the world. You will be missed by so many.

  • August 27, 2007
    J.T. Morrison says:
    Remember the good times. You will be missed!

  • August 27, 2007
    Ash Smith says:
    Life is the most precious thing we can lose...Seth Mattson, my brother, u will be missed Y.I.T.B.O.S.

  • August 27, 2007
    Katie Foran says:
    Bonnie, I am so sorry and am sending you my deepest and most sincere sympathy. We will pray for you and your family. Katie