Click the image to scroll through some of my favorite photos of beloved restaurateur, humanitarian, chef and good friend Matt Haley who passed away late in the evening on August 19th. A celebration of his life is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the Freeman Stage. Click here for the details.
Watch one of Matt's last public speeches at TEDxWilmington just two weeks ago. Click here to view it at YouTube. Thank you, Ajit George, for sending that link.
SoDelConcepts released this early in the morning of August 20th:
Rehoboth Beach, DE – At approximately 11:25 pm EST Sussex County humanitarian, renowned restaurateur and James Beard Award winner Matt Haley passed away. He was in a medijet transport from Leh, India to New Delhi, India. On Monday at approximately 4:05 am EST he had been involved in a high- altitude, high- impact motorcycle accident while on a 6 week humanitarian expedition through northern India and Nepal. Since 2011 Haley had traveled extensively and devoted significant time and financial resources to ongoing humanitarian efforts in the area. He was traveling with international film-maker and motorcycle expert Guarav Jani.
“The entire team at the Matt Haley Companies is incredibly saddened by this huge loss.” We will release more information as it becomes available,” said Scott Kammerer, president and COO of The Matt Haley Companies.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the charity that Matt founded, the Global Delaware Fund at PO Box 49, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.
Matt Haley Companies' president and COO Scott Kammerer said Haley's restaurants will not be affected by the accident. Haley had the foresight to make sure that the company was built to run without him for any reason, particularly his ongoing humanitarian work around the world.
I have posted some of my favorite photos of Matt on the gallery. Peruse if you wish.