As some of you may or may not have heard already, Matt Haley, the fantastic restaurateur in Sussex County, died late Tuesday night. Haley was in India for a 6-week trip that included delivering much-needed stoves to a Nepali village when his motorcycle collided with a truck. As someone who spends quite a bit of time in the Delaware area, I can say that this is a huge loss for the community, and he will be missed for a long time to come. Haley didn’t just revitalize the food scene in Delaware and the other states he worked in, but he was also a James Beard Humanitarian Award winner and a man who really strove to interact with the people he met. Traveling everywhere from Puerto Rico to India, Haley touched those around him and constantly worked to improve the lives of the less fortunate. I’ve interacted with many people who care about others, but few who went to the lengths that Haley did to help them.
For anyone who knew him or who was impacted by his work, the family is asking that donations be made in lieu of flowers to The Global Delware Fund, a charity that Matt founded. I hope some of you will consider giving a little bit for a man that gave so much of himself to the world.
Yes, I did hear this sad news… We’ve lost another good one. It’s such a shocking, sudden way to depart, and my condolences go out to all those he’s touched.