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Matthew Marc MELANSON

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MELANSON, Matthew Marc
Matthew Marc Melanson, age 22, of Simsbury, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Born on September 14, 1990 to Marc and Tracey (Armstrong) Melanson, Matthew was a lifelong resident of Simsbury where he graduated from Simsbury High School in 2009. In 2008, he enlisted in the Connecticut National Guard Charlie Company of the 102nd Infantry Division. Matt transferred to Alpha 1/181 of the Massachusetts National Guard serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2011-2012. Matt was also a former member of the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Department. Currently, he was an active member of Charlie Company 102nd and a student at Tunxis Community College. Matt was fiercely proud of his service to his country and his brothers with whom he served. All who encountered Matt were touched by his infectious smile, enormous generosity and unhampered spirit. Matt's interests included snowboarding and offroading in his Jeep, but he was most passionate about his family, his friends and service to his community and country. Matthew is survived by his parents, Marc and Tracey of Simsbury, his sister, Heather and her fiancé Sean Boyd of Canton, MA, his brother, Andrew currently stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, his brother, David of Simsbury, his maternal grandmother, Joy Armstrong of Winsted and his paternal grandmother, Ethel Melanson of Simsbury. He also leaves behind countless aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Richard Armstrong, and his paternal grandfather, Alfred Melanson. Matt was loved by many and will never be forgotten.
Calling hours will be at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury on Thursday, April 25th from 4-8 p.m. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, April 26th 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 942 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. Burial with military honors will follow in Simsbury Cemetery. Please visit Matt's "Book of Memories" at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online condolences. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to The Tunxis Oasis, c/o The Tunxis Community College Foundation, 271 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06032 to benefit Oasis and Tunxis students who are veterans, especially those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). At ease soldier, we'll take over from here.




Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 24, 2013
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