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Matthew H. Waite

PAWLET, VT Funeral services for Matthew H. Waite, 50, of Pawlet, Vt., were held at the United Church of Dorset/East Rupert on May 11, 2010. Reverend Dr. James H. Gray officiated at the service which was attended by hundreds of family and friends of Matt. After the welcoming and call to worship, the congregation joined in the singing of "Amazing Grace." Alan Calfee recited the poem "Togetherness" and then Matt's daughter, Emily, read a letter she wrote to her dad entitled "Dear Dad." Rev. Gray read a letter written by Matt's youngest daughter, Lilly, and then a poem he wrote exclusively for Matt.

Seth Bongartz and Tom Fuller eulogized Matt, and they were then followed by several friends and family sharing their memories of Matt. Special music selections chosen by the family were, "In the Garden" by Alan Jackson, "Flying Song" by Colin Hay, which was played during the time of silent celebration and memories, and "Remember Me" by Toby Keith as the postlude.

Burial followed the funeral service at the Mettowee Valley Cemetery in Pawlet, with Tom Bush, Kevin Mason, Nick Baker, Donald Ross, Chuck Weiden Jr. and Eric Vernon serving as the pall-bearers and Lenny Noble, Richard Dailey and Thomas "Bear" Beatty served as honorary pall-bearers.

Calling hours were held the previous evening at the BREWSTER FUNERAL HOME in Manchester, Vt., and were attended by an estimated 1300 people, many of whom waited in line for four hours to pay their respects to the family of Matt Waite.

Matthew Waite died on May 6, 2010, in a tragic accident in the Green Mountain National Forest in Winhall, Vt. Matt will be incredibly missed not only by his family, and the incredible number of friends and others whose lives he touched, but by the communities, as a whole, in which he was such a vital part.

Brewster Funeral Service in Manchester was entrusted with the care of Matt's funeral arrangements.

Published in Bennington Banner on May 18, 2010
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