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Shannon B. Ridgeway, 35, of Westminster, VT, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 6, 2013.

Shannon was born in Melbourne, Australia, but has been a Vermont resident most of his life, graduating from Brattleboro High School. He was a self-employed carpenter. Shannon was a tender and beloved soul who loved and cared for his family dearly. He loved traveling and the spirit connection he experienced while having adventures. He was an amazing fire dancer, mixer of divinely inspired music that moved many, and loved to create art with salvaged materials that came his way. He enjoyed skateboarding, biking, and soccer. Shannon especially loved his son, Nya.

In addition to his parents, Brian and Jolene, Shannon is survived by his wife, Laura (Magallanes) Ridgeway, a son, Nya Ridgeway, both of Westminster; a brother Romney Ridgeway and his wife, Danielle, of Welfleet, MA; a sister, Lauren Bell and her husband, Chris, of Dummerston; two nieces, Brynn and Shyn Ridgeway of Welfleet, MA; a nephew, Collin Bell, of Dummerston, as well as 6 nieces and 5 nephews on his wife's side.

All services will be private. The Ker-Westerlund Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Shannon's memory to Laura and Nya to help support them through this difficult time to P.O. Box 991, Putney, VT, 05346.

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