Matías was a quiet, thoughtful, kind and gentle soul, except when he laced up his skates. Known as the “Gentle Giant” as he grew to 6’4” of pure muscle, he played hockey from the age of seven and it was a passion that created lasting friendships.
Matías had equal passion for the Bruins, Patriots and Red Sox, and found his greatest happiness on the beach at Weekapaug, Rhode Island, and during endless summers in Vermont with family. Those who knew Matías best were fortunate to experience his incredible sense of humor and generous smile.
Setting incredibly high expectations for himself, Matías was known to spend Friday nights at home studying. While an incredible athlete, it was his dedication to his academic pursuits that payed off when he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Marvin Ridge High School in May 2020 and was recognized as a National Hispanic scholar. He was accepted to his top choice college – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he attended his freshman year.
Yet behind his beautiful smile, Matías suffered from depression and a sense of hopelessness. Despite the endless love and support of his family and the care of great physicians, he could not overcome his mental illness. Matías Enríque Rosado passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at the age of 19.
Matías’ spirit and memory will continue to live on through the love of his family and friends, and through the work of the Matías Rosado Foundation.