KATY (FOX 26) - A member of the FOX 26 family was remembered today. Houstonians came together to honor radio host and FOX 26 contributor Matt Patrick.
Who can forget those "spirited" discussions Matt Patrick had on "FOX Face Off" with Quanell X. Several speakers at Matt's homegoing mentioned those 'great debates' as Houstonians gathered to remember the well loved talk radio host. It was a service celebrating the life of Michael Patrick Ryan, the man you likely know as Matt Patrick, the host of News Radio 740's The Matt Patrick Show.
A video was played at Second Baptist Church, complete with pictures, home movies and messages from Matt's children.
"Dad I want to thank you for the things you taught me throughout my life,” said one of his daughter's.
"My dad made me so proud when he would go on the air not feeling well but he went anyway,” said Matt’s son.
Matt passed away Sunday after battling Stage 4 Mucosal Melanoma cancer for nearly two years.
"I love you with every fiber in my soul. I miss you already and you Michael Ryan are a good, good man,” said Paula Ryan who bravely delivered a heartfelt message to her husband.
"I told you many times I was honored you chose me to be the one,” said Mrs. Ryan. She also praised her husband for beating his addiction in 2005. "We can now say you were sober for the rest of your life".
Once the cancer spread to his esophagus, it effected his voice and Matt feared he would be taken off the air.
"I said Matt your listeners don't care. They're in this battle with you,” says IHeart Radio President Eddie Martiny.
Matt’s fans showed up to the service in droves. "I cried the day I heard him on the radio his last day,” says Nancy Howell.
"I feel like I knew him. I watched him on FOX 26,” adds Jimmy Pavalock.
"It was entertaining watching Matt jump in the ring with Quanell X,” explains Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls. Quanell wasn't only Matt's opponent on "FOX Face Off", the two were friends.
"Matt was like a brother to me. We talked about children, about family, about life,” says Quanell X.
Fort Bend and Harris County Sheriff's and the Houston Police Chief all paid a special tribute because of Matt's great support of law enforcement.
Matt was certainly a man who meant so much to so many.
"You are and forever will be my hero,” adds Matt’s wife.
The well-loved talk radio host leaves behind his wife and three children. He will be laid to rest in Ohio where he's originally from.
Michael "Matt Patrick" Ryan was 58 years old.