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“so sorry !!!! ”
1 of 30 | Posted by: sheryl macaulay - east granby, CT

“My sincere sympathy tho the family. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted and comforts all who mourn" sustain you during this...Read More »
2 of 30 | Posted by: Carla

“So very sorry to hear of Matt's passing. Our paths crossed some 30+ years ago when he played the fiddle a few times in our band Nashville North. He...Read More »
3 of 30 | Posted by: Marie Elena Pecha

“So sorry to hear about Matt. He was a talented and wonderful person. We had not seen him in a few years, but never forgot him. With sympathy to his...Read More »
4 of 30 | Posted by: Leon and Mildred Eichstedt

“Very sorry for your loss. Your In my thoughts and prayers. ”
5 of 30 | Posted by: Carol Bordanaro

6 of 30 | Posted by: Jeff&Nina Dupee - East Granby, CT

“So very sorry... ”
7 of 30 | Posted by: Gail laverdiere Bage

“We knew Matt for many, many yr. and r shocked that he was taken so young and so tragically. He was a good friend and we shared many good times with...Read More »
8 of 30 | Posted by: Lynne & Bob Silvernale

“Matt if it wasn't for you, I would never have passed U.B's shop class. You were the greatest, most special person I ever met. I am glad I stopped to...Read More »
9 of 30 | Posted by: Sheila Blair

“Matt if it wasn't for you, I would never have passed U.G's shop class. You were the greatest, most special person I ever met. I am glad I stopped to...Read More »
10 of 30 | Posted by: Sheila Blair

“Some have it, some don't. Matt, you definitely had it. We had some epic times brother! RIP my friend, you left a beautiful memory ”
11 of 30 | Posted by: Dirk Noel Theriault

“We're going to miss you cuz! Though we haven't seen each other in years, We'll never forget all of the good times that we had when we used to live up...Read More »
12 of 30 | Posted by: Ron and Sherry Castle - FL

“My condolences to Cheryl and family for your loss of Matt. He will be thought of often and missed by many. Rest in peace Matthew. ”
13 of 30 | Posted by: Jim T.

14 of 30 | Posted by: Dan D'Esopo

“yes...he was a brother,,worked with him also,,i was "Nordo"......i will see ya around buddy,,,you will always be here,,,luv ya ....Nordo ”
15 of 30 | Posted by: steve norden

“Rest in peace my friends,,watson gladys, matt,, you will be missed ”
16 of 30 | Posted by: paul luntta - Granby, CT

“Our condolences to the family. Gladys, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sadness. ”
17 of 30 | Posted by: Ned and Chris Kupruck - FL

“My condolences to his family. He was a kind and caring man. I loved him when he played with the Silver Street Band. He played at my brothers...Read More »
18 of 30 | Posted by: Julie Pagano

“Condolenses to the family. I remember him as a skinny, hard working kid when we were neighbors on Case Street. ”
19 of 30 | Posted by: Barbara Pond

“May ALMIGHTY GOD who " binds up the brokenhearted " and " comfort all who mourn " sustain your family during this challenging time ( ISAIAH 61:1,2 )...Read More »
20 of 30 | Posted by: MARCEL T - GA

“New to Granby. Have only lived here 9 years and I didn't know Matt. It's obvious from the response to this tragedy that Matt was a great guy and...Read More »
21 of 30 | Posted by: Bill Glueck

“Growing up in Granby you knew everyone. Most people I know had more kids in their class than we did in our whole high school! Matt was in my class...Read More »
22 of 30 | Posted by: Ginger Gough

“Brother Matt you were taken away from us way too early. you were just a great person and like a brother to me. We had so much fun working side-by...Read More »
23 of 30 | Posted by: Leo J Barnaby

“I am so sorry. Matt will be sadly missed. May you Rest In Peace!! ”
24 of 30 | Posted by: Addy

“I didn't know Matthew but saw him numerous times with his oxen. He gave me great joy. I was very saddened when I heard the tragic news of his loss. ...Read More »
25 of 30 | Posted by: Diane Lee

“My heart goes out to all of Matt's family and friends. Cherish the memories...I am certain there are many. I knew Matt so long I cannot even...Read More »
26 of 30 | Posted by: Lenny DeGray

“My heart goes out to all of Matt's family and friends. Cherish the memories...I am certain there are many. I knew Matt so long I cannot even...Read More »
27 of 30 | Posted by: Lenny DeGray

“On behalf of my family, my brother Dave who was a good friend of Matt's and my parents who were visited by Matt when he lived on their street, I...Read More »
28 of 30 | Posted by: Laurie (DeGray) Michael

“Our deepest condolences . To Cheryl , Kristina and all family and friends of Matt . I will miss you my friend! So many good times together! R.I.P! ...Read More »
29 of 30 | Posted by: Johnny @ Carolyn


Matthew W. Smith, 55 of North Granby, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017, after an accident on East Street in North Granby. Born in Hartford, son of the late Watson Long and Gladys Orpha (Dewey) Smith he was a lifelong resident and raised on his family farm, Long Farm on Case Street. He has resided at Ox Box Farm on East Street the past 30 years where he was known for his oxen and his skill in making yokes and bows and farm task pulls. He enjoyed competing in oxen pulls, farmer pulls, and other farm task pulls throughout New England. He was known for giving area children cart rides pulled by his oxen and sharing his knowledge of these unique farm animals. An electrician by trade, he also was an avid fiddler participating in many area groups including, Armadillo, Silver Street, J.D., Triple T, Turkey Foot, and Ring Mountain Boys Bands; enjoying playing Country, Bluegrass, and Southern Rock music. He met many people and touched many lives, always helping others, and forming lasting friendships. Matt enjoyed the outdoors and especially hunting. He was a member of the CT Ox Teamsters Assoc, the Pine Tree Ox Assoc, ME Ox Teamsters, and the NE Ox Teamsters. He leaves his fiancé’ Cheryl M. Champagne of North Granby with whom he shared his love of oxen; two daughters Malinda and Elanna Rubenstein; a step daughter Katrina Marie Champagne; three uncles Earl Dewey of Sarasota, FL, Stewart Dewey of East Granby, and Wilbur Dewey of Southwick, MA; several cousins; and children who shared his interests, Kaitlyn, Daniel, and Autumn. Calling hours will be Sunday, July 23, 2017 from 3-7 pm at the Hayes Huling & Carmon Funeral Home 364 Salmon Brook Street, Granby. A private funeral service will be held graveside at West Granby Cemetery, where he will be buried with his grandparents. Contributions may be made financially or by an act of kindness to a charity of the donor’s choice which benefits children, animals, veterans, or those less fortunate. For condolences or directions please visit

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