Matthew J. Larabee, a longtime employee of his family’s business, Larabee Fuel Co. in New Lebanon, N.Y., died at Berkshire Medical Center on February 7. He was 55.
He was born on August 21, 1966, in Pittsfield, Mass., to Malcolm and Susan (Miller) Larabee.
He was a graduate of St Joseph’s High School in Pittsfield.
As a youngster he collected funds for The Muscular Dystrophy Association, an effort that developed into an annual fundraiser. He presented his donation yearly on the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon.
He was Chief of the Lebanon Valley Protective Association at the time of his death. A fire instructor at Montour Falls Fire Academy, he served on the Columbia Greene Regional Haz-Mat Team, developed and taught propane fire response training to other firemen, and instructed local schoolchildren about fire safety. He served on the town board, as Emergency Services Management Coordinator.
He is survived by his parents, his wife Michelle, step-children Aaron, Rebecca, Megan, and Erin, his brother Scott and wife April, his sister Sena, his nephew Markos, and his niece Stacey.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Lebanon Valley Protective Association, PO Box 162, New Lebanon, NY 12125 for the building of a new firehouse that was a dream of Matt Larabee’s.
Based on published news reports.