Matthew A. LaVanway

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DUXBURY - Matthew Albert LaVanway, 25, passed away at his Duxbury home on Tuesday evening, Jan. 7, 2014. Born in Berlin on Aug. 13, 1988, he is the son of Kevin and Paige (Perna) LaVanway.

Matt was a 2006 graduate of Harwood Union High School in Duxbury and then went on to pursue the vocation that he was truly gifted for, carpentry and building. Following graduation, Matt went to work for Demas Construction of Northfield, where he was currently employed. Over the past seven years, Matt had worked on many projects; the most notable, and the one he was most proud of, was constructing a beautiful, well-crafted home for himself on LaVanway Road. Known to be a shrewd "wheeler dealer" who parlayed good deals on many things, Matt, in addition, truly enjoyed hunting, working on all things mechanical, welding and working on any carpentry job. He had an eye and the exceptional skill to turn any old thing into something amazing. Matt was a shirt-off-the-back kind of guy, always willing to drop everything to help someone out.

Matt is loved and mourned by his parents, Kevin and Paige LaVanway, of Duxbury; his siblings, Mariah LaVanway and her fiancé, Don Smith, of Duxbury, Jay LaVanway and his wife, Meghan, of Duxbury; his companion, Chloe Labbe-Thibouthot, of Waterbury; a niece, Nola Smith; a nephew, Aiden LaVanway; his paternal grandmother, Zelda LaVanway, of Fayston; his maternal grandparents, Candace Puglise and her companion, Lowell Spink, of Orleans, James Perna and his companion, Marcella Kelly, of Dallas, Pa.; his maternal great-grandparents, Claire Johnson, of Woodstock, Conn., Kent Paige, of Orleans; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family. Matt was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Albert LaVanway Jr., and his aunt Alyce LaVanway.

A celebration of Matt's life will be held from the Wesley United Methodist Church in Waterbury on Jan. 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in the Fayston Town Hall. The family requests that flowers be omitted; rather, memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Duxbury Elf Shelf (Food Shelf), P.O. Box 23, Waterbury, VT 05676. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences, please visit us at and Facebook.
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Published in Times Argus on Jan. 11, 2014
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