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Ocean Grove is still mourning the loss of local man Matthew Bate.
Matthew, 33, was killed while on holiday with friends in San Francisco during an altercation outside a hotel in the early hours of 2 June.
An outpouring of grief engulfed the town as the tragic news filtered through.
Matthew had graduated from Deakin University and moved to Darwin last year where he had started work as an analytical chemist for SGS Australia.
A memorial service was held in Ocean Grove on 13 June for Matthew.
Matthew was described by those who knew him as a kind and generous young man with a sharp wit. He was also known as a young man would rather walk away from a fight than be involved in one.
“Matty was a fine young man with the world at his feet,” his father Graeme told the Voice.
“He recently started a metallurgy job in Darwin and was looking forward to expanding his knowledge in that field. Matty lived life to the full and never wasted a minute – he had a devil may care attitude and with his perpetual cheeky grin was loved by all.
“The family would like to thank everyone for their messages of condolence, cards and flowers. These kind gestures made a very difficult time just a little bit easier.”
Matthew attended Bellarine Secondary College and played cricket and football for Ocean Grove. He will be sorely missed.

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