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Matthew R. Barrett

Matthew R. Barrett aka Giant died September 2nd, 2014 in Seattle, WA. He was 49 at the time of his death. He was born and raised in Colorado. He battled several forms of cancer since the age of 2, survived over 1700 operations which disfigured his facial features, and left him heavily scarred both physically and emotionally. Yet through it all he kept going and had a tender spirit and heart for others. He loved music both performing vocally and instrumentally, enjoyed playing and watching sports, and was an accomplished writer and advocate for homeless, poverty and disability issues.

In his youth he won many awards for his incredible singing abilities as well as in sports. He earned his nickname Giant not only due to his physical stature (6' 4") and presence and strength, but because of his heart and giving and generous nature. During his adult years Matt won praise from Presidents, Congress members and other public figures for his writings, including a published book of poetry, and advocacy for homeless, poverty and disability issues. Matt was himself homeless for several years in his adult life but overcame those challenges in his final years. While living in Seattle Tent City III, he was the subject of a book called Walking with Giant, A Photo Essay/A View from the Street.

Matt's writings can be read on his blog: aviewfromthestreet.com. In 2013 he received a Mayoral proclamation making May 25th Matt Barrett day in Seattle. In place of flowers or a memorial service he asked that people donate to one of these three great causes: invisibledisabilities.org, greaterseattlecares.org, and thewatershedcenter.org. His ashes will be planted in a tree at the Watershed Center in New York State by his dear friend Brooke. He is survived by and will be missed by a vast network of loving friends and family.

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Published in The Seattle Times from Sep. 4 to Sep. 5, 2014.
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April 18, 2017
Matt ,
I can't believe how much time badly passed, you are dearly missed. I am happy that you are free flying with the angles. Until we meet again my friend
Rashall
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September 3, 2015
Matt, I miss you everyday. I love you for loving me. I wish we could of had more time like you said to me. God has you now and I know your still with me heart and soul. You told me that we were soulmates, l know we were. Rest in peace my Sweetness Bear.
Cheri Pierce
September 2, 2015
We long for the time when once again we will be reunited with our loved ones in Paradise. Luke 23:43
Allen
January 8, 2015
I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY, I LOVE YOU MISS YOU COULD NOT BELIEVE THIS WAS THE FIRST CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU. YOUR LOVE IS IN MY HEART EVERYDAY, MISS YOU MY ANGELBEAR. GOD HAS GIVEN YOU THE WINGS TO FLY AND BE HAPPY MY PRINCE. MY LOVE ALWAYS.
C P
September 14, 2014
Dearest Matt,
You showed us all how to love beyond all faults, sing with the angels the way you sang here with us. You will be greatly missed. Love you big guy!!
Rashall Pierce
September 11, 2014
His poetry and his great heart and courage touched me and the people at my Seattle church. The joy of heaven be with you, Matt.
September 10, 2014
I will always remember Matt's smiling face and being in band together. GJHS! What a generous spirit and giving heart. Miss you, Matt. Condolences to his family and friends.
September 9, 2014
Matt -- you lived a life of purpose, generosity, creativity, and caring. I will miss you.
Mary
September 9, 2014
We have not spoken in a few years but I often get the question from Jonny, Gracey,and Cieara where is grandpa Matt and now I can tell them you are alive and we'll in heaven you have been missed love ya big guy
Michael Pierce
September 7, 2014
I knew Matt briefly he was an inspiration to all he met. Be with God Matt.
Angela Pierce
September 6, 2014
Sounds like a Truly Amazing man..That positive attitude REALLY kept him going through a rough life.Just reading the above article made me realize things may be bad right now; but could be worse. He gave me and countless others strenghth to see the good in others and to keep going.RIP Matt...
andy ruocco
September 6, 2014
Journey well, my friend. I bet your new wings feel amazing...
Tamy Schroeder
September 6, 2014
Brandy Brown
September 5, 2014
me and the same pic on my facebook
matt was a very caring man i met him a couple of years ago from watching a video where he spoke for invisble disabilities he will be deeply missed i am also a friend of his on facebook when he had his book out he told me where i could get it but not being able to afford it he sent one to me i will never forget how nice he was
sherry martin
September 5, 2014
I miss and love you my adorable friend
ona oconnor
September 5, 2014
Matt always spoke straight from the heart. I miss my beautiful friend. Matt, now you are free.
September 5, 2014
Matt always spoke from the heart. I miss my beautiful friend. Now he is free.
September 5, 2014
Even though Matt was in so much pain, he always listened with a sympathetic ear to all my woes. I love you Matt and will miss you.

-Kari Hartle
Kari Hartle
September 5, 2014
I am glad you are no longer in pain and am blessed to count myself among your many friends. Rest in peace my friend.
Deanna Vandermeer
September 5, 2014
Courage personified.
Mary Ann
September 5, 2014
I will miss you but I'm happy you're not in pain anymore my dear friend, heaven got a wonderful angel. RIP..
September 5, 2014
Dearest Matt!
Thank you for sharing your life and friendship with me.
I bet you are dancing and singing...
I love you.

Gracie the Italian greyhound & Diane sending you gentle hugs and kisses from Colorado to Heaven xo <3
September 5, 2014
Sweet Matt. I will miss him and his kind messages so much. I am very thankful to have known Matt and am glad he is no longer in pain. We are all lucky to have had him in our lives. RIP dear Matt.
Dee Wilson
September 5, 2014
You will be greatly missed. God got an amazing angel. Rest in peace. Your friend forever
Sharon Aquino
September 5, 2014
HE HAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE MY HERO!
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