Matt Haley, a prominent Delaware restaurateur and philanthropist, died late Tuesday following a motorcycle crash in India.
Haley, 53, was the owner of a string of popular beach eateries, including Catch 54 and Papa Grande's in Fenwick Island, Fish On in Lewes, Bluecoast Seafood Grill in Bethany Beach and Lupo di Mare in Rehoboth. He was also a winner of the James Beard Foundatiosn 2014 Humanitarian Award for a broad range of work ranging from India to Nicaragua to Delaware.
In Nepal, Haley was involved in building schools, educating orphaned children and helping to develop economic stimulus programs in the region. Among other charity efforts he undertook was a program to teach culinary skills to prisoners.
He was on a humanitarian trip to India at the time of his death, traveling with motorcycle expert Guarav Jani, according to a release from the Global Delaware Fund, a charity Haley founded.
"The entire team at the Matt Haley Companies is incredibly saddened by this huge loss," said Scott Kammerer, president of the company.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Global Delaware Fund at P.O. Box 49, Rehoboth Beach, Del. 19971.