David R. Matte

David R. Matte, 55, a resident of Milford, died March 15, 2016, at his home. He was born in Lowell, MA, on Jan. 19, 1961, a son of Teresa A. (Rivet) Canelas, of Lowell, and the late Gerald Matte. David was raised and educated in Lowell and made his home in Milford for the past 30 years.

He had worked at BAE many years ago and spent the last 20 years working in the construction industry. David was most proud of his son, Jacob, and his service to this country in the U.S. Army’s Infantry. His grandsons were his pride and joy and he will be greatly missed by many.

He was predeceased by his wife, Jill (Benson) Matte and a sister, Judith Rondeau.

In addition to his mother, family members include a son and daughterin- law, Jacob R. and Alejandra Matte of Fresno, CA; two grandsons, Jacob R. Matte, Jr. and Marcus Matte of Fresno, CA; eight siblings and their spouses, Richard and Marcia Matte of Wisconsin, Anne Marie and Jeffrey Brown of Milford, Dianne and David Lafond of Hudson, Robert Matte of Wisconsin; Keven Matte of Lowell, Karen and Andre Godfroy of Lowell, Shawn and Cheryl Matte of Dracut, MA, Jeffrey and Sarah Matte of Dracut; his stepmother, Helen Matte of Dracut; lifelong friends, Joseph and Sandie Gasper of Hudson; a godchild, Erica Marsh of Medford, MA; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Memorial visiting hours are Friday, April 1 from 5-8 p.m. in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. To share a memory or offer a condolence, go to www.smith-heald.com.