MatThew Barba, 1967 – 2016
Matthew Joseph Barba was born in Holyoke, MA on January 4, 1967, he was the son of Joseph and Agnes Carrozzella Barba of Cheshire. Matt graduated from the New York Military Academy in 1986. He enjoyed sports particularly golf, lacrosse and hockey. After high school he went on to serve in the United States Army in Germany. He attended Johnson & Wales University and was an accomplished chef for many years. He later worked as a nutrition manager at AIDS Project New Haven and was currently a case manager at Turnbridge of Hamden. He had an infectious smile, a great personality and was an inspiration to others and he was a loving, devoted father to his son. On December 16, 2016 Matt passed away after battling the disease of addiction. Despite the demons he faced and his deep struggle with addiction, Matthew carried with him a constant source of light - his honest and loyal nature transcended all else. He will always be remembered as a tireless advocate for those struggling with addiction and sadly missed by everyone whose lives he touched.