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“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...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: D W

“Matt,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...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Patrick Simmons - CA - Friend

“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...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: David Cim - Los Angeles, CA

“I miss you everyday. Rest in peace ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Matthew, I was formed in life with you and someday we will meet again. ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Michael Lackowski - Frankenmuth, MI

“Red, your smile and enthusiasm for life will be missed greatly. RIP my friend~ DJ Mixtress Victoria~ "Mixie" ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“Miss you Red. ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Edd H - West Hollywood, CA

“Red was a true Renaissance Man. His burly demeanor cloaked an intelligence and connections with arts & letters rarely seen. My life has been enriched...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Garrett Boge - Palm Springs, CA

“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...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Yara Da Silva-Heying - CA

“Heartfelt condolences to Red's family and friends. Be at peace. Michael Keller ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Michael Keller - Palm Springs, CA

“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. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Shane Fillman - Allentown, PA

“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 ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Marie - Birr, Co. Offaly

“Lots of love, Red. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Damian - San Francisco, CA

“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...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Bridget Lynskey - Birr


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.