N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore is mourning the death of an aide he describes as “like a brother to me.”
Matthew “Matt” Hambidge, who worked as Moore’s special assistant and policy advisor, died unexpectedly Saturday at age 52. Before joining Moore’s legislative staff, Hambidge worked as a magistrate and police officer.
“Matt was liked by everyone who met him and was a loyal and hard worker,” Moore wrote in a Facebook post. “If you talked to Matt any amount of time you knew he loved his family and had a strong faith in God. He was an example to all of how a father should be. Matt was like a brother to me and we will all miss him, but at the same time we know he is in heaven now.”
Hambidge leaves behind a wife and two kids, and Moore encouraged donations to an online fund “in hopes that money can be raised for the family, including ensuring that both kids can pursue their educational goals as both are seniors.”
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The memorial fund had raised more than $8,000 by Monday afternoon.
A funeral service for Hambidge is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Shelby, where Hambidge lived.