Matthew J. Barbieri BARRE — Matthew J. Barbieri, 53, of Allen Street, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at his home. Born Aug. 24, 1965, in Malden, Massachusetts, he was the son of Christopher and Joanne (Barnet) Barbieri. Matthew attended elementary school in Jericho and Worcester and graduated from U-32 High School in 1983. After high school, he attended Vermont Technical College and graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Architectural Building and Engineering. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Army Reserve. He made his home in the central Vermont area, primarily in Northfield and Barre. In early years, Matthew was employed as a draftsperson doing architectural design with local construction firms and a foreman at Bombardier. Matt was currently employed at Garden Mats. In his spare time, he enjoyed cars, gardening, landscaping, excavating and construction, and doing auto body work. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandson. Survivors include his son, Ryan Niblett, of Barre; his grandson, Devon; his father, Christopher Barbieri and wife Laurel; his mother, Joanne Wood; his sisters Deborah Gattone and husband Frank, of Barre, and Lisa Felch and husband Lester, of Barre; his nieces Leah, Gillian, Erika and Allyson; as well as numerous extended family members. He was predeceased by his stepfather, Raymond Wood. A service to honor and celebrate his life will be held at a later date in Spring 2019. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to an education fund for his grandson, Devon Herring, payable to Edward Jones, 322 North Main St., Suite 3, Barre, VT 05641. The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is in charge of the arrangements. For a memorial guestbook, visit

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S LaFleche

Chris, Laurel and Family,
I was saddened to hear of Matt's passing. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for all of you. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you will find some comfort in knowing that you are surrounded with love.

William R Walsh

Chris & family - I was saddened when I read about Matt’s passing. He was a good guy; a big bruiser of a fellow with a huge neck and barrel chest. Though I didn't know him very well, I was always glad to see him. He was a character who marched to the beat of a different drummer. I enjoyed his dry sense of humor as well his unique and interesting observations and perspectives. When I'd see his car or truck pull into the VT Chamber parking lot, I'd grin and wait for him from inside the office. He didn't seem in a rush. Seemingly carefree, he'd saunter towards the building, often looking around, and he'd finally make his way to the building. He'd swing open the heavy entrance doors like they were feathers, would stop, grin at me, call me by name, and make his way to the counter. He'd ask how I was doing, then ask for his father. While waiting for Chris, we chatted while he continued to wear the grin. Since those days many years ago, whenever I've thought about Matt, I've grinned and I'll certainly continue to do so. He was good guy.

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