Matthew White
1982 - 2021
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Matthew White, 39, of Springfield, MA, passed away unexpectedly on March 31 after a long, hard fought battle with a debilitating illness. He was born on New Year's Day in 1982 and lived most of his life in Western MA. Matthew attended Central High School where he excelled, academically, and graduated with honors in 1999.
Matthew was a bright, inquisitive child who loved to read and had a knack for memorizing his favorite books. You could never miss a line without him knowing! He also loved music of all genres from a very early age and, throughout his life, was rarely without the means to listen to his favorite artists. Although he excelled in all school subjects, he was a gifted writer that hoped to someday become a sports journalist or commentator. He was an avid sports fan with an exceptional memory for facts and statistics of all sorts. As an athlete, Matthew never allowed his smaller stature to be an impediment to his abilities. He was an all-star 2nd baseman described as "tenacious" by his coaches and, on the basketball court, he once scored two 3 point plays from center court during an all-star game.
Matthew will be forever missed by his parents, Robert White and Donna Rinaldi; his sister, Erin Henderson and her husband Arlynn and nieces Jacqueline and Madeline; his sister Lauren Tighe and her husband Joseph; his brother Ryan White; his grandparents John and Margaret Slater along with many beloved uncles, aunts and cousins. He is predeceased by his grandparents Richard and Jacqueline White and his "aunties", Diane Harper and Kristen Musiak.
A celebration of his life will be announced by his family soon and, because Matthew had compassion for those in need of help and support, donations may be made, in remembrance of him, to NAMI (nami.org)


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Published in The Republican from Apr. 21 to Apr. 22, 2021.
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April 27, 2021
Man....I've known him since we were young...had some great memories with him....havent seen him in years but was always cool with me...rest in heaven kid and condolences to the family!!!
Panetta
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April 23, 2021
You will be greatly missed. May your spirit soar free.
Veronica
April 23, 2021
Matt you will be surely missed by the Grimaldi family , i know in my heart ❤ your dancing and rocking the heavens with beautiful Amamda and pain free , i love you matt ❤
Teri Grimaldi
Friend
April 23, 2021
He was a a handsome guy and always very polite and funny he was a wonderful true friend to my children and will be sadly missed ❤ my condolences to the family fly high with Amanda matt
Cindy Brown
Friend
April 22, 2021
I have a lot of good memories with Matt. For a little bit he was like a family member in our household. He was witty and had a strange sense of humor. That's why we liked him. My parents were fond of him, especially my Mom. I remember how hurt he was when she was in a bad car accident. He came on vacation with us one year, we created some crazy comedy sketches together for a youth group we were in. He was a creative kid. We always had similarities and a connection. My brother and I share Matt's birthday. I always thought that was cool. We really did spend a lot of time together as kids. They were great times. Matt's a legend in his own right. I'm sorry for your loss.
Greg
Friend
April 22, 2021
My deepest condolences to Bobby Donna and the rest of the family
Andy Daniels
Friend
April 22, 2021
Donna, I am so sorry for the loss of your son. My heart goes out to you.

Erin and Lauren I am so sorry to you for the loss of your brother. My heart goes out to you.
Carrie Colarusso Santos
April 21, 2021
I can not express how sorry I am for the loss of your son. May all Matt’s family and friends find peace and comfort in this awful time.
Dot Lemire
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