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Matthew Bannish

June 3, 1957 ~ January 6, 2021 (age 63)


Matthew Bannish, 63, passed away peacefully on Jan 6th 2021 with his loving family by his side, after losing his battle to Covid-19. Matt was often found hanging out with his brothers and was lovingly referred to by them as a “Social Brick”, until they introduced him to the world of golf, which then became his passion. Unless there was snow on the ground, Matt was golfing most weekends!  During the week Matt worked alongside his brothers at the family sawmill, Bannish Lumber, in Chester Ma.  He attended Westfield schools and graduated from DeVry University (second in his class) with a degree in Electrical Engineering but chose to work at the family business. Matt was a very dedicated husband and loved spending time with his family, in and out of work.  He was frequently found at his brother’s home, where there were often spaghetti dinners, margaritas, and lots of laughs! Matt leaves his wife Beverly, his brother Thaddeus and his wife Laurie, his brother Aaron and his wife Becky, his sister Samantha and her husband Dwayne, his beloved Uncle Eugene and his companion Alice, and his Aunt Dorothy.  Matt also leaves behind several nieces and nephews, cousins and close friends, many of whom he considered family.  Matt was a genuinely wonderful person who will be so sadly missed by all who knew him!

Services at this time will be private to help “stop the spread” but we will be planning a Celebration of Life at a later date this year. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Matt’s memory to the GoFundMe account set up for Rebecca Manley (c/o Cassidy Sweeney) Firtionadams.com



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