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Matthew Albert LaVanway

Matthew Albert LaVanway, 25, passed away at his Duxbury home on Tuesday evening, January 7, 2014. Born in Berlin on August 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 has 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, and 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, and James Perna and his companion Marcella Kelly of Dallas, PA; his maternal great-grandparents, Claire Johnson of Woodstock, CT, and 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 Wesley United Methodist Church in Waterbury on January 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow at 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, Vermont 05676. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences visit www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook.

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