June 26, 1950 – February 22, 2014
Obituaries » ALLAN “AL” B. MATTSON
MATTSON, ALLAN B. “AL,” 63, of Berlin, died peacefully February 22, at his home, surrounded by his family, after a two-year battle with cancer. Born on June 26, 1950, in Barre, he was the son of John and Marjorie (Eastman) Mattson. He attended Barre City and Barre Town schools and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1968. In earlier years, he attended the East Barre Congregational Church. In 1968, Allan married Joyce B. Martin. They made their home in East Barre where they raised their three children. In 1996, they moved to Berlin. Allan loved to work with his hands. At a young age, he developed a love for woodworking. Following his graduation from high school, he worked in the construction business and eventually started his own construction company. From 1977 to 1990, he was a volunteer firefighter and officer for the Barre Town Fire Department and the East Barre Hose Company. During this time, he was the fire warden for the county. He also ran a program teaching fire safety to children at area schools. His own children were proud to have “Captain No Burn” as their father. Allan worked for the Granite Cutters Credit Union, and he became the president. The credit union grew from a small office on the second floor of a Barre Main Street building down onto the Main Street level and became the United Workers Credit Union. He was an active participant in the Barre Vocational Stone Trades Program, helping students learn by hands-on work in the granite industry. In the mid ’70s, Allan went to work in the family business of granite manufacturing, the Chioldi Granite Co. in Barre. He started as a salesman, learning every aspect of the business, and eventually ran the business. Since 1995, the business has continued as Northern Mausoleum Services. Allan’s passion in life was helping others and spending time with his family. In recent years, he enjoyed camping with his wife, woodworking, swimming and barbecuing. He was a spectacular father, grandfather and husband. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Mattson, of Berlin; a son, Mark Mattson, and wife, Paula, of Barre Town; two daughters, Lori Hanchett and husband, Thomas of Williamstown, and Karen Liimatainen, of East Montpelier; three grandchildren; his father, John Mattson, of Berlin; two nephews and a niece; and several cousins. His mother and a brother, Kenneth J. Mattson, predeceased him.