MIDDLEBURY — Mathew H. Deering, age 40, beloved father, husband and son passed away far too young on Dec. 29, 2022, surrounded by his family, from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm.
Matt was born Feb. 9, 1982, in Middlebury, Vt., to his loving parents David and Debbie (Carpenter) Deering.
Matt graduated from Middlebury Union High School in 2000. He attended Colby Sawyer College and Castleton State College. He drove trucks for one of his dearest friends at Misty Knoll Farm. His previous employers included Cabot Creamery, Donnell Belgians, and Champlain Valley MotorSports.
Matt is survived by his wife, Lisa (Bellmore) and children Sierra Pomainville, Victor “Cody” Pomainville and William Deering; parents David and Debbie Deering and brother Patrick Deering; father and mother in-law, Kurt and Sandra Pope, brothers-in-law Tyler Pope (Michelle) and Zachary Bellmore; sisters-in-law Jennifer Freeman (Kevin), Kylee Rochon (Craig), Lori Blair (Darren), Jaime Cram and Brooke Bellmore; grandmothers Donna (O’Connor) Carpenter and Leola (Mitchell) Deering; goddaughter Dakota Blair; sister of the heart, Jodi Layn; daughter of the heart Hannah Hulchanski; and many beloved nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Matt was predeceased by his grandfathers, Russell C. Carpenter and Harold Deering, as well as aunts Zilda Deering and Anna Taylor.
Matt married his best friend, Lisa, on Aug. 19, 2006, in Middlebury, Vt. They shared a passion for travel and fine foods. Matt loved spending time with Lisa and his children on family vacations. Some of his favorite vacation destinations were Kennebunkport, Maine, Las Vegas, Nev., and Yankee stadium, where he shared his love of the New York Yankees with his sons.
Matt was the proud teamster for Donnell Belgians, where he worked for his grandparents, Donna and Russell Carpenter. With his papa at his side, papa’s hobby became Matt’s dream job. His proudest professional accomplishment came in 2014 when he earned enough points competing to qualify for an invitation to the North American Six Horse Hitch Series Finals in Denver, Colo. He was proud to be a member of the draft horse community and helping youth discover the joys of driving horses.
Matt dedicated his spare time to coaching youth football, basketball and baseball. He coached for Middlebury Youth Flag Football League and AAU Basketball, including his son’s Blue Heaven team, which he led to their state tournament championship. Matt was dedicated to watching and participating in Cody’s football and basketball events and Will’s baseball and draft horse shows.
Matt lit up the room wherever he went and built lifelong friendships both near and far. Matt’s beautiful smile and infectious giggle will be fondly remembered by all who were blessed to have known him.
Visiting hours will be held Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Middlebury Congregational Church, 2 Main Street, Middlebury, Vt.
Memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, at 11 a.m. at the Middlebury Congregational Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. ◊