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“Thank you for your friendship - Met Dick in 1976 and spent some great times in the past year. What a great man! ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Tom O'Brien - Washington, CT

“Richard's Avon Chamber of Commerce family mourns the passing of our friend and colleague. He was the consummate gentleman; blessed with a keen...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Lisa Bohman, ACOC

“Thanks Dick for being a friend. We shared a love of magic and shared ideas. You are missed. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Storm Connors - Barkhamsted, CT

“I am a retired fifth grade teacher from Center Road School in Vernon. For years Mr. Matt came to our school to share his program about inventions...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Pat Spare

“I will forever miss you, Dick. You are now with my sister Helen and Andrea and your Parents. May you Rest in Peace and know how much you were loved....Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Barbara Walker - Atchison, KS

“I just now heard about your loss. My condolences go to his entire family. I first met him at "The Magic Shop" that Tom and Milton owned on Park...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Bryan Flint, Sr.

“I regret my inability to attend the service, due to the distance we now are apart. My sincere condolences to my friend Matt and his family on the...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: peter rocco

“Hi Lisa:So sorry to learn of the passing of your father-in-law. I enjoyed learning about him from the obituary--what an extraordinary man. Your...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“It's very sad to write a condolence note for this wonderful man. Richard was caring, kind and supportive and had an offbeat sense of humor. I always...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Marlene Clark - Guilford, CT

“Mr. Matt was one of my mentors in magic and is probably one of the reasons that I am a professional magician today. Fare thee well...1 3 5......Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Taylor Martin - Indianapolis, IN

“Sorry for the passing of a truly gifted individual. His hard work and caring will be missed by all.We been blessed to work with him through the...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: A friend


Richard J. Matt, of Avon, passed away, Monday, February 1, 2016. Born in Cleveland, OH, and son of the late John and Margaret Matt, he has lived in Avon and the Farmington Valley for 50 years. Raised in OH, he received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Case-Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, in 1952 then served during the Korean War in the US Army. During his career as an engineer, he held various positions with engineering companies, among them the New Departure-Hyatt Division of General Motors involved with rocket engines and space platforms; Fafner Bearing Division of Textron where he supervised product development and patents; and finally ABB/Combustion Engineering where he retired from; involved with nuclear power plants. He was particularly proud that he was involved in the design team that developed the first heart lung machine. During his professional career he registered 24 US patents, authored 19 articles on engineering and management subjects, and was a member of various professional engineering associations. In his community life, he was a member of the Avon Chamber of Commerce and best known for his talents as a professional magician. He performed under the "Magical World of Richard Matt" for everything from children's birthday parties, to corporate and public events. He was a great showman who could mystify audiences at all levels. He leaves a son Todd Matt (Lisa Barall-Matt) of Canton, two daughters Kimberly Appleyard (Dan) of Vernon and Michelle Matt of Canton; a stepson Kenneth Tarantul (Marta) of FL; 4 grandchildren Tyler and Morgan Matt, Brian and Michael Appleyard; 2 step grandchildren Tomas and AndrewTarantul; a brother Robert Matt of CA; and a special friend Anona Boardman of Avon. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Helen Matt, stepdaughter Andrea Brady and Betty Matt. His family will receive friends, Sunday February 14, 2016, from 2-3 pm at the Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon. A Service in Celebration of his Life will begin at 3 pm follow by a reception. Contributions in his memory may be made to the CT Children's Medical Center, 282 Washington St., Hartford, CT, 06106, where he performed many magic shows to benefit the children.