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Bunny Gwiazdoski

Matt was a wonderfully gentleman to work with and an outstanding leader of the School Administrators of Waterbury. rest in peace.

Pam Emanuele

I worked with Matt at NEMS when he was the 7th grade principal. Our son Jason also went to that school. Matt had to be one of the fairist and kindest person i knew. Always the first with a smile and a good morning!

Matthew John Larkin


Matthew John Larkin, 75, of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away at his home Monday, May 22, 2023.

Mr. Larkin was born in Waterbury, CT to the late Wilfred and Cathleen NcNally Larkin. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School and Sacred Heart University. He would later earn a Master’s degree from Western Connecticut State University and an Educational Specialist degree from Southern Connecticut State University.

Mr. Larkin worked as an educator and an administrator with the Waterbury schools for over 31 years. In his early career, he taught history for his first ten years. He then became an administrator and retired as the Principal of North End Middle School in Waterbury.

After retirement he and his wife, Janice Rotella Larkin moved to Bonita Springs, FL where they lived for 12 years. Seven years ago, they made Fernandina Beach their home.

As a young man, he enjoyed playing softball. He became an avid golfer. He was a member of the Watertown Golf Club in Connecticut and the Amelia Island Golf Club in Fernandina Beach. He enjoyed traveling, especially to Pebble Beach, CA where he was able to watch the U. S. Open.

Mr. Larkin will be remembered as having the “sweetest” smile and being an exceptionally kind person. He loved and enjoyed being around people and people enjoyed being around him.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Patricia Feeley and a nephew, James Feeley.

He leaves behind his wife of nearly 50 years, Janice Rotella Larkin of Fernandina Beach; a niece, Traci and Jim McCormack of Scituate, MA and their children, Casey, Molly, Megan and Evan; a nephew, Michael and Lisa Feeley of Wakefield, MA and their daughter, Darcy; his nephew James’ wife, Alison Feeley and their children, Jack and Caitlin of Darien, CT; a brother in law, Anthony and Joanne Rotella of Middlebury, CT and their children, David and Jennifer; great nieces, Sophia and Marissa as well as several extended family members and many friends and co-workers who were a part of his life over the years.

Calling hours for the family will be Monday, June 5, 2023 from 9:00 until 10:00 AM at Brookside Memorial Funeral Home.

A memorial mass will be celebrated on Monday, June 5, 2023 at 11:00 AM at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church.

Rather than flowers, the family asks for donations in his memory to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32257


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