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Old 08-03-2016, 11:01 AM
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Friends, it is with great sadness that I must report the passing of Matt Kebabjian. He died peacefully in his sleep last night. He was 61 years old. We all know him as a competitor, a fine craftsman, and a contributor to the judging culture that we have now. He will be greatly missed. Funeral arrangements are pending
Old 08-03-2016, 11:26 AM
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Sorry to hear this. I enjoyed a lot of his contributions to this forum.
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im so sorry...have a too great building tips from him r i p...
Old 08-03-2016, 12:08 PM
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Wow. Rest in Peace buddy. Matt will be truly missed.
Old 08-03-2016, 12:28 PM
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Hi,
Really, really sorry to read this.
Only know him through this forum but I have enjoyed many chats with him here and one just the other day.
He seemed very much his own person, an explorer not a follower. I frequently reference Matt when chatting to my modelling friends at home here.
I will miss him.

Brian
Old 08-03-2016, 12:50 PM
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Hate to hear that, I flew against him in 88 when he lived in Texas. He will be missed
Old 08-03-2016, 01:00 PM
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I have no words to describe my sadness. I have deep respect and admiration for Matt. I will miss him greatly.
Old 08-03-2016, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Dean Pappas View Post
Friends, it is with great sadness that I must report the passing of Matt Kebabjian. He died peacefully in his sleep last night. He was 61 years old. We all know him as a competitor, a fine craftsman, and a contributor to the judging culture that we have now. He will be greatly missed. Funeral arrangements are pending
Dean, You're not talking about "MTK" are you?

Bill
Old 08-03-2016, 01:44 PM
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Yes, MTK.
My condolences to his family. His contributions to this forum were prodigious and always informative and helpful. A truly dedicated pattern guru.
He will be sorely missed.
-Will
Old 08-03-2016, 01:58 PM
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Huge loss! May I add that in addition to other what others have said, I always gave him cred for pushing the envelope on gas in pattern and at the same time coming off as one of the most level-headed, generous, detailed and helpful modelers in this Forum. God bless and RIP MTK! Would love to know what he passed from, if anyone knows.
Old 08-03-2016, 02:10 PM
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Very sad news indeed. My condolences to Matt's family.

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Old 08-03-2016, 03:18 PM
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Crapp! Nice guy. I only knew him through the forum but like was said before me "one of the most level-headed, generous, detailed and helpful modelers in this Forum."

You will be missed greatly.


Ken
Old 08-03-2016, 05:15 PM
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Very sad news indeed.
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Old 08-03-2016, 05:21 PM
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I couldn't believe it when I first read the news on the NSRCA list this evening. Matt was a good friend. We spent many times in his workshop in his NJ home and out at the flying field. Matt was a true craftsman, overflowing with knowledge and enthusiasm for the hobby. Truly one of a kind. Condolences to his family. He will be missed by many.
Old 08-03-2016, 05:30 PM
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Wow. The past 6 months I spent quite a bit of time with Matt and he was really enjoying his recent retirement. He had a plethora of projects going in his shop, and still volunteered to help me out. I learned something from Matt every time we talked and his contributions to the RC community were immeasurable. RIP buddy and condolences to his family.
Old 08-03-2016, 06:03 PM
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I hate to hear this. We exchanged some email recently discussing his retirement and possible move back to Florida. A great guy and important contributor to the sport.
-Ron Ellis
Old 08-04-2016, 06:05 AM
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Wow, I always enjoyed our engine discussions
Old 08-04-2016, 06:46 AM
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R.I.P. buddy...light winds. A great loss for sure. Peace be with his family.
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That is really terrible news. Matt was a true craftsman and a great modeller. He will be missed in our pattern community. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
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So sad to hear to the loss of such a fine contributor to the hobby. I always enjoyed reading what he had to say whether it was just a comment or his skillful building techniques in the pattern forums. I crossed paths with Matt a couple of times when I lived in FL. attending the Jacksonville contests 98-99. He was very approachable to talk with I remember. My condolences go out to his family for their loss during this difficult time.

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Old 08-04-2016, 12:26 PM
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Man that's sad he should have been with us for another 20 years. I had a wonderful conversation with him just last week. I hadn't come across him before but as soon as he joined my thread I knew this was a guy who knew what he was talking about. I started reading his posts here and so far have got through half of them and made lots of bookmarks. A great legacy for the builders and an inspiration to those who would like to.
Old 08-05-2016, 12:34 PM
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Funeral arrangements for Matt Kebabjian are Sunday Aug 7; 2 to 4 PM at the Par-troy funeral home in in Parsippany New Jersey
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That's extremely sad news. Condolences to his family.

Living in Australia I never had the opportunity to meet Matt in person, but we exchanged many emails and messages over the last few years and he provided me with some excellent advice on building techniques. I will greatly miss his advice and contributions to pattern.

Fly straight Matt.
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Matt ‘Tateos’ Kebabjian., Age 61, passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at his home.
Matt was born in Athens, Greece. He came to the United States in 1967 and lived in Jacksonville, FL before coming to Whippany 11 years ago.
He earned a BA in Bio Chemistry and a BS in Bio Chemical Engineering prior to working as a Chemical Engineer for Maquet Co. in Wayne before retiring in January 2016.
Matt was a model airplane enthusiast.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Diane M. (nee-Polackin); his son, Isaac G.; his daughter, Alexandra Wells; his brothers, George and Harry; his sister, Lucy; and his two cherished grandchildren: Cason and Abigail Wells.
Relatives & friends are invited to attend his Visitation on Sunday, August 7, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. with a funeral service to follow. Cremation: Private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the American Heart Association, 1 Union Street, #301, Robbinsville, New Jersey, 08691.
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Old 08-06-2016, 06:09 PM
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Very sad. God bless him and his family.
When threads go quiet for this; waiting for comments that will never come. A loss for our community for sure.

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