Matthew Steven MONTESIN
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 46705
Stationed: Mt Druitt LAC
Born 9 September 1973
Died 30 July 2014
Illness – Lung Cancer ( non smoker )
Funeral: Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Todd Row & Moore St, St Clair, Friday 8 August 2014 at 11.30am
Committal service: Pinegrove Cemetery, Kington St, Minchinbury, NSw
Memorial: NSW Police force Service Memorial Wall, Sydney Police Centre, Surry Hills, C32 ( left wall )
Matthew Steven Montesin
Passed away on 30 July 2014
Aged 40 years
Officer loses cancer battle
Much-loved Mount Druitt police officer, Constable Matthew Montesin, died on Wednesday.
Constable Montesin, who was 40, was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the lungs last year.
He worked in general duties in the Mount Druitt local command for more than three years.
He was affectionately known as Monty and described by colleagues as “a likeable, hard-working constable who always endeavoured to provide the best possible service to his community”.
Constable Montesin had three sons, all of whom he chose to raise in western Sydney where he grew up.
He was diagnosed with cancer late last year.
Colleagues said his death was a great loss to them and to his family, with whom all their prayers and thoughts now were.
NSW POLICE LEGACY MONTESIN FAMILY APPEAL
Constable Matthew Montesin has worked at Mt Druitt Police Station for over three years in General Duties. Monty, as he is affectionately known, is a likeable hard-working constable who always endeavours to provide the best possible service to the community in a fair and compassionate manner.
Matthew grew up in the Western Sydney region and spent his entire life in this area, choosing to raise his own children in the same region. In August 2013, Cst Montesin went to his doctor with a niggling cough and was diagnosed with Whooping Cough. He was successfully treated and was told that his cough may continue for a couple of months before passing.
After a few months, Matthew was convinced to return to the doctors by his wife to have the cough seen to again. Further tests revealed shadowing in his lungs and he was subsequently sent for a biopsy. As a result of the biopsy he was called into the doctors office 48 hours later and was delivered the most devastating news. Matthew was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the lungs, a terminal prognosis. Sadly, Matthew has never smoked and celebrated his 40th birthday in September this year.
Matthew has been given a time frame of six months to live without treatment, possibly twelve months with chemo treatment and the possibility of two years if he is genetically compatible with a new drug from the United States. Matthew was not compatible and has now been given a twelve month life expectancy.
Matthew is 40 years old and currently living in Western Sydney with his wife Megan and three sons; Zac 19 years of age, Latham 18 years of age and Hayden aged 14. He is an extremely dedicated family man and adores the riches of life he considers to be his family.
Our team here at Mt Druitt Police Station, with the support of NSW Police Legacy are currently raising funds to assist the Montesin Family during this difficult time. We have successfully organised a Car and Bike Rally, a McDonalds fundraising night, an eBay Auction, a Head Shave and are now organising a Golf Day to keep supporting the family as they navigate their way through this challenging time.
We have already raised a significant amount of money for the Montesin Family and thank everyone who worked so hard to make our previous events a success. Please lend your support to the Montesin Family Appeal by registering to participate in the The Full Monty Golf Day, or simply make a donation.
Constable Leung does the great shave to support fellow constable with cancer
- Mt Druitt-St Marys Standard
- April 02, 2014
TRAGEDIES can either divide or unite.
Mt Druitt police have been unified through their efforts to fundraise for Constable Matthew Montesin, who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in November and given a maximum of 12 months to live.
To further fundraising efforts, Constable Cheryl Leung decided to have her long her hair shaved off by Constable Montesin’s wife, Megan, in Westfield Mt Druitt, raising more than $3,300.
The news was a shock to Constable Montesin’s family and the Mt Druitt command, especially since Constable Montesin, 40, has never smoked and is in good shape.
“(We were in) absolute dismay. We’re so very sad for him and his family,” Mt Druitt Inspector Donna McCarthy said.
“It was just about trying to do whatever we could to make sure what time he has left is the least stressful and most comfortable we can make it as workmates.”
Constable Leung and the rest of the command have united their efforts to fundraise for Constable Montesin’s medical costs and for his family,
“Cheryl’s not even on Mathew’s team and yet this is what she wanted to do to support Matthew,” Insp McCarthy said.
Mt Druitt police have raised at least $15,000 in their efforts to support their teammate and his wife and three teenage sons.
“They’re absolutely humbled,” Insp McCarthy said.
“They’re just overwhelmed by the generosity and the support … there are just so many wonderful, generous people out there.”
To donate to the Montesin family, visit montesinfamilyappeal.gofundraise.com.au/cms/home.