Matthew H. HarnettNovember 21,2012
Matthew H. HarnettMatthew H. Harnett
Matthew H. Harnett, 54, a prominent Rutland attorney died Monday, November 19, 2012, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., August 2, 1958, the son of Dr. Joseph and Sandra (Eisler) Harnett.
Matt was a graduate of Bayside High School and a graduate of Suny Brockport College and Vermont Law School.
Mr. Harnett interned for the late congressmen Ted Weiss of New York, as well as the South Royalton Legal Clinic.
He served as a Law Clerk for the Vermont Attorney Generalís Office, 1982-1983 and the Rutland County Public Defenders Office, 1983-1984. He was admitted to the Vermont Bar Association April, 1984, and was a Rutland County Public Defender, 1984-1987. He started private practice in 1987. Mr. Harnett was an Adjunct Law Professor, Castleton State College since 1991. He also was a serious felony attorney for the State of Vermont and a frequent presenter of criminal defense and trial practice.
He was tennis pro for the Killington School of Tennis, and was an active member and well-loved ski coach for the Killington Ski Club and Killington Mountain School. He was an active golfer and member of the Rutland Country Club.
Surviving are his wife Lorraine (Markowski) Harnett of Rutland and daughter Cassie Harnett of Rutland; his father Dr. Joseph Harnett and his wife Elaine of Naples, FL, his mother Sandra Wohlberg and her husband Clifford of Somers, N.Y.; two sisters, Phoebe Burstein of Cross River, N.Y., and Gena Gallinger of Clifton Park, N.Y., two nephews, Max Burstein and Sam Gallinger and a niece Emily Gallinger.
A celebration of his life will be held Friday, November 23, 2012, at 12:00 p.m. at the Rutland Country Club.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.
Contributions may be made to the Foley Cancer Center, c/o Clifford Funeral Home, 2 Washington St., Rutland, VT 05701.
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible news tidbits: When all the big mammals are rubbed out and a faint geologic memory, rats the size of human beings will stalk the Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: National survey ranks Vermont kids' well-being in second place, Springfield takes up anti-loitering ordinance, Rutland debate taxis, Fair Haven woman is arrested in Rutland for prostitution.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather and news: Research scientists say schizophrenia and marijuana use linked. Are marijuana smokers schizophrenic or are schizophrenics more disposed toward marijuana use?
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 365 CE, eastern Mediterranean rocked by high magnitude earthquake and tsunami, in 1865, Davis 'Little Dave' Tutt meets Wild Bill Hickock in Springfield, Mo., to settle differences.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible news tidbits: Pesticides in soil and ground water are killing not only honey bees and other useful insects, but songbirds as well.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Judge issues deposition order in for city police corporal's lawsuit against the department, market for marijuana-laced edibles en fuego in at least two states, West Rutland truck fire consumes all driver's earthly possessions.