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Matthew H. Waite

1959 - 2010 PAWLET, VT Matthew H. Waite, 50, beloved husband of Kellie Baker-Waite and devoted father of Emily and Lilly, died unexpectedly in the Green Mountain National Forest May 6, 2010. He was born July 18, 1959, and has lived in Pawlet his entire life. Matt and Kellie celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary Feb. 12, 2010. Matt leaves his mother, Donna Lewis, of Hartford, N.Y.; his father, Myron Waite, and longtime companion, Betty Daly, of Pawlet, and step-father, Theodore Parisi of Castleton.

Matt is also survived by his wife and best friend, Kellie, and daughters Emily and Lilly, of Pawlet; three sisters, Lisa Taggart and her husband, George, of Montpelier, Va., Jill Christiana and her husband, Thon, of Florence, and Theresa Maneen and her husband, Alex, of Albany, N.Y. Matt also leaves his in-laws, Mary and Tim Baker of Dorset, Vt., and Port Orange, Fla., Vickie and Peter Haskins of Dorset, Vt., and Dale and Sherrie Baker of Dorset; two step-sisters, Laurie Parisi and her husband, Jeff Corntassel, and a step-brother, David Parisi of Tulsa, Okla. Matt was the inspiring uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Matt's early education was in the Pawlet schools and he was a graduate of Granville High School (NY) in 1977. He then worked for several years for Mithoffer Construction before starting his own highly successful excavation and concrete business, Matt Waite Excavation and Kelco Concrete. His optimism and great love of life was infectious to those around him. His hobbies were always of the most exciting nature, driving stock cars in competition as a younger man, cruising on his motorcycle and obtaining his private pilot's license, among many. However interested Matt was in his business and recreational pursuits, he never allowed those things to supersede his devotion to his family and particularly the endeavors of his two daughters, whose activities he supported and attended with uncompromised commitment.

Matt's avid support of his community was known to all. He made notable contributions to the Pawlet Public Library, Mettawee Community School, Burr and Burton Academy, Pawlet Historical Society, Riley Rink and many more. The loss of Matt will surely be tangible to the many people whose lives he touched in a positive way. His family and friends will always cherish the gifts received through knowing him.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the United Church of Dorset/East Rupert. The Rev. Dr. James Gray will officiate. Burial will follow in Mettawee Valley Cemetery. Friends may call at the BREWSTER FUNERAL HOME, 34 Park Place, Manchester, VT, on Monday, May 10, 2010, from 4 to 7 p.m., when the family will be in attendance.

The family requests that contributions in memory of Matt be made to either the Mettawee Community School Library or Burr and Burton Girls Athletics c/o Brewster Funeral Service, PO Box 885, Manchester, VT 05255. For directions or to send personal e-mail condolences to the family please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Published in Bennington Banner on May 10, 2010
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