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Matthew K. Smith

Matthew Kyle Smith, 30, passed away in his Manchester, New Hampshire, home on Friday, February 12, 2016. Born August 10, 1985, inSmith, Matthew K Garden City, Georgia, Matt is survived by his husband, John Arico, who provided Matt with love and support during his overwhelming battle with cancer, until Matt’s final moments. Matt will be grieved deeply by his husband, his parents, Robert and Linda Smith of Savannah, GA, his sister Casey (Smith) Shuman and brother-in-law Justin Shuman, his niece and nephew, Leighton Shuman and Silas Shuman, all of Pooler, GA, his in-laws, Ruth and John Reynolds of Londonderry, NH and Edward Arico of Bonita Springs, FL, his aunt and uncle Glenda and Billy Herrin of Guyton, GA, his aunt Brenda Shahal, of Guyton, GA, and he is also lovingly survived by many cousins and friends.

Matt loved returning to Savannah to spend time with family, particularly, with his niece and nephew whom he cherished, as well as to see the blooming azaleas. Matt graduated from Groves High School in Garden City, Georgia in 2003 and then came to Boston, attending Emerson College, where he earned his degree in film studies in 2008. A talented artist, Matt will not only be remembered for his drawings and paintings, but also for his talented writing and his love for photography. In Boston, he developed a passion for travel and transit and was proud to be a railroad conductor on the Commuter Rail (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority). His coworkers, passengers, friends, and family will all miss Matt for his sense of humor. He had the gift of connecting with people, and made friends across the country through his unparalleled wit and undying love for movies and pop culture. A Memorial Gathering will be held in Garden City, Georgia on Friday, March 18th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Fairhaven Funeral Home & Crematory, 2794 Highway 80 W, Garden City, GA 31408 . A memorial service will be conducted in the funeral home at 7:00 p.m.


A Celebration of Matt’s Life will be celebrated locally in the near future and will be announced at a later date.

Should friends desire, remembrances may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association., 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Ste. 550 Chicago, IL 60631 or by visiting

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  1. Bill Conlon
    Feb 27 2016

    With deepest sympathy to the family of Matthew, during your time of grief. The faithful man Job ask.. “If a man dies, can he live again? I will wait all the days of my compulsory service Until my relief comes. You will call, and I will answer you. You will long for the works of your hand.” Job 14: 14-15. Jesus spoke about that day at John 5:28-29 that all those in the memorial tombs will come out. What a wonderful time that will be. May our God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ grant you comfort in your time of need.

  2. Gregory Stepanek
    Feb 26 2016

    My sincerest condolences on the passing of Matt. May all whom he held dear in his life cherish the many memories of him and the good times that were shared.

  3. AYAD & Micheal Melnick
    Feb 25 2016

    Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences … You will be missed Mathew May God rest your soul in peace

  4. Neil Breslin
    Feb 25 2016

    My deepest love and sympathy to John and all who loved Matt. I trust in the mercy and love of God who fashioned Matt and allowed us the beauty and joy of his friendship. I believe we shall see him again and that Matt is no farther from us than God.

  5. Don and Lisa Johnson
    Feb 25 2016

    We are blessed to have had the chance to meet you. Our love and prayers go out to your family and friends and may they find peace in the days to come

  6. Vanessa Magyar
    Feb 25 2016

    I am so sorry for the loss of husband , son ,brother,nephew and cousin. Gone but never forgotten.

  7. Kelly McGuire
    Feb 25 2016

    Matt was such a wonderful guy. I honestly never met him in person, but he touched my life every day for many years. He was such a caring person, so talented, smart and witty. I miss him, and I always will.

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