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Monday, December 24, 2007

TRAGIC NEWS: THE PASSING OF MATT ZAMPERLA ZOPPE

I'm sure by now you have heard of the tragedy suffered by the Zamperla family by the loss of Matt Zamperla Zoppe.
Without going into details, no matter how critical some may be, we must know that the circumstances make the loss even more difficult for the family to bear. We also know that final expenses can be financialy draining on any family.

Those wishing to do so can send donations to:
Mafalda Zamperla
4949 N Tuttle Ave
Sarasota, FL 34234
IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION THAT ALL DONATIONS, IN EXCESS OF MATT'S FINAL EXPENSES WILL GO INTO A TRUST FUND FOR HIS 13 MONTH OLD DAUGHTER ANGELICA!!!!

Christmas is always a time for giving, this one even more than ever. In the Christmas Spirit,,,,In the Circus Tradition,,,,Let's Help!




ON BEHALF OF THE ZAMPERLA FAMILY, OUR SINCEREST THANKS.

19 Comments:

Anonymous George Coronas said...

Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts, there are
no words to explain the feelings for the loss of my nephew Matt.
I love him and we will continue our love for
him in our hearts forever.
George Coronas & family

12/24/2007 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mafalda
I am so sorry to hear about Matt. I wish there were magic words to take away your pain. Please know our hearts, prayers, and condolences go out to you and your family.
Darlene Williams and Sonny Tipton

12/24/2007 1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mafalda & Family,
We are so sorry to hear the tragic news and so sorry for your loss. You and your Family will be in our thoughts and prayers. We love you all.
Leslie & Lolly Young

12/24/2007 4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We offer Malfalda, the Zamperlas, Zoppes , and George Coronas Families our deepest heartfelt condolences. May God give you all the strength you need to support each other during this very difficult time in your lives. Sincerely, Lee and Judy Stevens and family...

12/24/2007 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Mafalda and the Zamperla Family, I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. I pray that you all will have the strength to cope and draw closer together durring this time of loss. I will always remember Matt as a childhood friend who always kept me laughing.

Natascha Nock and Family

12/24/2007 6:43 PM  
Anonymous Andrea Wallenda Zoppe said...

I Love & miss you so much my sweet cousin....

12/24/2007 11:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We send our deepest sympathy to the families ..
Know that so many friends are grieving with you
and praying for you.
fatima and family

12/25/2007 12:00 PM  
Anonymous Rick McCharles said...

Was he killed while training or performing?

12/25/2007 5:45 PM  
Anonymous Sacha Pavlata said...

I know Matt when he was born. I was holding him in my arms when we were with Big Apple Circus. And through those years, I see him grow up into beautiful great guy. It broke my heart to hear this terrible news. Our sincerest condolences to the family. --Sacha Pavlata & family.

12/25/2007 9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to ardicaroli, before you get too critical with Buckles re: the disposition of Matt's body maybe you should check Buckles' post "plea for help" & see where it came from.

12/27/2007 2:14 PM  
OpenID TWallenda said...

Anonymous:

This is a time of sadness and loss. A time to focus in on being supportive of the Zamperla family. At the same time, it is easy to criticize. I find it somewhat disingenuous as well as less than courageous to name individuals on the Showfolks Board yet fail to make yourself known by signing your name. Although, I have not been an advocate of defending Showfolks through the years, for whatever reason, the Board has found it cannot award this act of benevolence to the family of Matt. The motion and intent was there or it would not have been offered in the first place. I am told that Mr. Hill was specific in his desire of how these burial plots should be directed. The Board is legally obligated to abide by this, and could be liable for not acting in accordance with the stipulations in Mr. Hill’s Will. This is a time when the circus community should rally together to support the Zamperla family, irregardless of what Showfolks does or does not do, and reach into their own pockets. Instead of being critical of what others are not doing, perhaps it is a time to look inside ourselves as to what “I can do”.

Tino Wallenda Zoppe’

12/27/2007 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not a circus performer anymore nor am I a member of Showfolks.

Please this is a horrible time for the Zamperla family and also for the Zoppe family. I can imagine their pain and grief is enormous. This was their 22 year old son. Matt also left behind a one year old baby girl. No one should have to bury a child especially at Christmas.

As the families scramble to make arrangements for Matt, let's not make things worse for them.

Darlene Williams

12/27/2007 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the entire Zamperla & Zoppe families,
Matt will always be remembered for his great talent and revered for his kindess. He was a wonderful performer, brother, and friend. We will miss him greatly!

12/27/2007 6:27 PM  
Blogger Kay Parker said...

To Mafalda and the Entire Zamperla-Zoppe Family;

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you endure this painful tragedy. May God give you and your family the strength and wisdom to continue -- Matt will be remembered for his talent and will live on through his daughter!

With Sincere regards,

Kay and Robert Parker and Family

12/28/2007 1:37 PM  
OpenID jronthunder said...

I Would like to send my prayers and thoughts out to all the family of Matt Zamperla Zoppe even though I only meet him a couple of times tears still came to my hears to hear about his passing he was a role model for all he had a big heart as well as passion for horses I well aslways remember the jousting matches a helped out at with him. I em truly sorry for this loss and wonder why all the good ones have to go? peace with all

12/28/2007 11:10 PM  
Anonymous Jawn Mallon said...

Matty baby...not many people made me laugh like you did. not many people could bring a true smile to my face like you would. not many people could ride a horse like you did. maybe 1 in 100 million. But NO ONE...could perform like you did. The ultimate showman....you'll be missed by more than you could ever know. In so many ways, no one will ever measure up to you. I'll miss you my friend.

12/29/2007 1:17 AM  
Anonymous Rachael Bellman said...

Matt was such a great pesron and will truly be missed. I haven't been in the circus business for a few years now. We were friends growing up. I remember him as a great performer. I am still in shock and deeply saddened. I send my sypathy to all the Zamperla & Zoppe famlies. I lost my father Yaro Hoffmann this year and this will add to another great loss in the Circus world. My heart goes out to everyone.

Rachael Bellman a.k.a Hoffmann

12/29/2007 12:22 PM  
Blogger mayaboo said...

It's hard to accept it as a fact, I am so sorry to hear the news,,,he was so young and so talented...
He was absolutely angelique and always loved. My deepest sympathy and condolences to his family. Nothing can replace such tremendous loss and the pain is beyond. Please know so many of us are with you in your grief, sending our thoughts and prayers for your strength to get through...

I am raising one year old son alone, so my heart goes out to his daughter...
They say that beautiful soul, the ones who are born knowing the meaning of love only need to stay here on earth shorter..., but...
Matt has given impact on the lives of many others, and will be remembered and missed.
Much love and peace to all of you...

Ayako xxx
"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today"

1/07/2008 8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my sweet angel, my sweet friend, I feel your energy and I know that you are there with your beautiful Angelica, with your mother Mafalda whom I love so dearly and all your brothers, and family. Matty I miss you so much, you were always there for me . You are an angel and there is no doubt about it, I always told you that you were! Mafalda my strong lady, mother, he is there with you! I will never believe this tragedy , it seems like a horrible nightmare, I pray to God every minute so I wake up, wake up wake up...

all my love and prayers go to your family my little matty... I will NEVER forget you! there isn't one day that I do not think about you! and one night that I do not pray so you come in to my dreams


wake up.. wake up...wake up......

winter of 2008 NL

2/09/2008 12:17 AM  

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