Today, I lost one of the best friends I have ever had. And the world lost the most amazing, giving, caring, selfless person I have ever known … Matt Barrett, AKA Gentle Giant.
Matt was like a brother to me. My family loved him so much and he called my mom, Momma Carole. lives will never be the same without him. We must remember his sheer courage and utter perseverance. None can imagine the hardships, discrimination, mistreatment and unfathomable pain he endured for a lifetime!
He was not supposed to be on this earth decades ago. But because of his incredible determination, many lives have been changed by his story, advocacy and giving life. He was the kind of person who would get a gift from a friend and either share it with others to take it down to Tent City where he lived for several years.
I cannot express the devastation and loss I will endure. In order to survive this myself, I have to know that I did everything possible to offer my help, love, friendship and comfort to Matt. Also, I must remember that I was going to lose him very soon no matter what, that he was in unspeakable pain and he is no longer suffering.
Be free, Matt! Be with the Lord! And tell my brother I said you can ride his Harley!
I LOVE YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!
Matt Barrett was born and raised in Colorado. He battled several forms of cancer since the age of 2, survived many operations which disfigured his facial features and left him heavily scarred both physically and emotionally, yet through it all he kept going and had a tender spirit and heart for others, loved music both performing vocally and instrumentally enjoyed playing and watching sports, was an accomplished writer and advocate for homeless, poverty and disability issues. In his youth he won many awards for his singing abilities as well as in sports, he earned his nickname Giant not only due to his physical stature, presence and strength, but because of his heart and giving and generous nature.
During his adult years Matt won praise from Presidents, Congress members and other public figures for his writings, including a published book of poetry, and advocacy for homeless poverty and disability issues. Matt’s writing can be read and his book ordered on his blog: A View from the Street. In 2013 he received a Mayoral proclamation making May 25th, Matt Barrett day in Seattle.
In place of flowers or a memorial service he asked that people donate to one of these three great causes: The Invisible Disabilities Association, Greater Seattle Cares, and The Watershed Center. His ashes will be planted in a tree at the Watershed Center by his dear friend Brooke. He is survived by and will be missed by a vast network of loving friends and family.
Invisible Disabilities Association In Memory and Donation Page:www.InvisibleDisabilities.org/InMemory
Greater Seattle Cares: www.greaterseattlecares.org
The Watershed Center: www.thewatershedcenter.org/
Matt’s Blog and Book, A View from the Street: www.AViewfromtheStreet.com