Matthew Lackowski

  • Died: December 12, 2015
  • Location: Morristown, New Jersey

Rose Mortuary & Crematory

66424 Pierson Blvd.
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Tel. (760) 251-7673

Tribute & Message From The Family

Matthew Alexander Lackowski, aka Red Herring, Red Lackowski, Red McMahon, died
December 12, 2015, aged 37, in Palm Desert, CA, after a brief illness. Matthew was married to William H. Schleicher of Morristown, NJ; Palm Desert, CA; and Birr, County Offlay, Ireland. He is survived by Dixie, his Jack Russell Terrier and innumerable friends and acquaintances.

Born in Saginaw, MI, the son of Clarence and Betty Jean (McMahon) Lackowski, Matthew played football at Frankenmuth(MI) High School, attended the Art Institute of CA (LA) and The College of the Desert, Palm Desert, CA. He was affiliated with Earthship Biotecture, Taos, NM as well as The Eco Village, Cloughjordan, County Tipperary. He played rugby on the LA Rebellion Rugby Football team and was a member of the Irish Georgian Society. He worked as an Assistant Editor at Bent Magazine (Flynt Enterprises) in Los Angeles. He was a beta tester of the original Call of Duty gaming series as well as an avid World of Warcraft enthusiast. He was formerly Creative Partner, mal-intent productions, llc which he owned with his husband. Red worked as a bartender at the LA Eagle, provided security services to Mickey's, West Hollywood CA, the Barracks in Cathedral City CA and was active in the worldwide leather community.

Arrangements and burial will be private in Ireland. No flowers requested. Tributes can be held for the establishment of a scholarship fund in his name or donated immediately the Los Angeles LGBT Center or to your local abused children's charity.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My sympathy goes out to the family during your time of sadness. A life well lived will surely be missed by many. As the days and weeks pass, and you return to your routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends, knowing that God is always near when our hearts are broken.

Posted by D W    January 31, 2017

I just found out that you are gone, and a piece of my heart feels a little bit empty. You came into my life at a low point for me and managed to bring some laughter back. We became weekend World of Warcraft gaming buddies, and those will be times I'll always remember. I'm sitting here with Brogan next to me and trying to figure out what more I can say about you, but I realize that I can't say anything because you were indescribable. You were just you. I am going to miss you more than you will ever know. Goodbye Matt, I will never forget you.

Posted by Patrick Simmons - CA - Friend   May 15, 2016

This is very sad and shocking. Matt was an incredibly genuine, kind, fun and insightful person who always seemed to be in good spirits. He will be missed tremendously.

Posted by David Cim - Los Angeles, CA   April 08, 2016

I miss you everyday.
Rest in peace

Posted by A friend   January 17, 2016

Dear Matthew, I was formed in life with you and someday we will meet again.

Posted by Michael Lackowski - Frankenmuth, MI   January 05, 2016

Red, your smile and enthusiasm for life will be missed greatly. RIP my friend~ DJ Mixtress Victoria~ "Mixie"

Posted by A friend   January 04, 2016

Miss you Red.

Posted by Edd H - West Hollywood, CA   December 29, 2015

Red was a true Renaissance Man. His burly demeanor cloaked an intelligence and connections with arts & letters rarely seen. My life has been enriched through knowing him.

Posted by Garrett Boge - Palm Springs, CA   December 28, 2015

Although I didn't have the pleasure to meet you in person I have known your goodness through my daughter's friendship with you and I know in my heart that you are in peace and being part of the Nature you always loved.

Posted by Yara Da Silva-Heying - Palm Springs, CA   December 28, 2015

Heartfelt condolences to Red's family and friends. Be at peace.
Michael Keller

Posted by Michael Keller - Palm Springs, CA   December 28, 2015

So sorry for your loss Bill. I never had the pleasure of meeting Red in person but feel your pain. Its never easy losing a loved one.

Posted by Shane Fillman - Allentown, PA - Friend   December 27, 2015

Rest in peace now red... I didn't know you that well but I hope you'll be watching over me with what's ahead... sleep tight x

Posted by Marie - Birr, Co. Offaly   December 27, 2015

Lots of love, Red.

Posted by Damian - San Francisco, CA   December 26, 2015

Red we will miss u so much. ill miss you popping in the door in the summer to say your home . we had some great wine nights and you left us with great memories , rest easy Gentle Giant love from your Irish moma as you would often call me , thank you for entering our lives and leaving a fondest memory xx lots of love Bridget & Ivan

Posted by Bridget Lynskey - Birr   December 23, 2015