Matthew Christian Cassida, 26, of Valdese passed away February 1, 2024 at UNC Blue Ridge after a courageous battle with cancer.

Matthew was born on August 16, 1997 to James “Jimmy” Cassida and Angela Woody Cassida. He was a known sports enthusiast, always cheering on the Carolina Tarheels, and was the Atlanta Braves number one fan. Matthew was also a member of the Drexel First Baptist Church and loved being a part of their missionary team. He worked at Buff Tire and Service, since their opening, as a mechanic.

He is preceded in death by an uncle, Paul Smith, Jr. and his long-time canine companion, Scruffy.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Taylor Watkins Cassida; grandparents, Brenda and Bradley Woody, and David and Linda Cassida; aunts, Betsy Brown and husband Shane , and Sherry Newton and husband Bryan; cousins, Noah Brown and wife Shalyn, Alyssa Brown, Colby Brown, Derrick Smith and wife Megan along with their children Addison and Landon, Dylan Smith and wife Jessica and their children Grayson, Madi and Lily; and Brooklyn Brown. Also surviving are Josie and Snowball, his faithful canine companions.

A funeral service for Matthew Cassida will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service with Pastor Micheal Duncan officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Valdese.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, prior to the service from 1:00 until 2:00 P.M.

Heritage Funeral Service assisting the Cassida family.