Matthew W. Verneris, 46, of Hamden, passed away suddenly on November 11, 2014. Born in New Haven on June 22, 1968 to Diane Dumelin Verneris of Wallingford and the late Richard Verneris. Matt was the beloved husband for 19 years to Lisa Cofrancesco Verneris; beloved father to Hannah and Zachary Verneris; brother of, Dr. Michael Verneris (Erin) of Minnetonka, MN and Marc Verneris (Marga) of Cheshire. Also survived by his aunt and Godmother, Nancy Daniel of North Haven; brothers-in-law, Henry Cofrancesco and Michael (Jennifer) Cofrancesco all of Hamden; father & mother-in-law, Harris & Linda Fleshar of Hamden; nieces & nephews, Hailey, Drew, Willy, Nicholas, & Jacob Verneris, and Zoey Cofrancesco. Matt was a lifelong resident of Hamden having graduated from Hamden High before earning his BA from Bentley College. He was partners in the ownership of Rainbow Cleaners on Dixwell Avenue and helped coach his sons in Babe Ruth baseball. Matt enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. He was a friendly, outgoing man who was loved by all who knew him. Friends are invited to visit with his family on Friday, November 14th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Funeral to leave from the funeral home Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church at 10:00 a.m. followed by a burial in St. Mary's Cemetery. For the benefit of Matt's children, Zachary and Hannah, donations may be sent to: First Niagara Bank, 2856 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06518.

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  1. Although it has been so long since my time in Hamden, I still have many, many fond memories of Matt. I was tremendously saddened to hear of his passing and I wish your whole family strength and serenity as you move through this difficult time.

  2. Bob and I are so saddened to hear of Matthew’s passing. No words seem adequate to express our condolences. We send everyone in his family our love and a big hug. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Linda (Dumelin) Williams (cousin) and Robert B Williams Jr. Chichester NH

  3. Dear Lisa, Hannah and Zac, I was so saddened to hear about your husband’s/dad’s passing. Although I only met Matt a few times in the year I had Hannah in my class, he always had a smile on his face and loved to talk about his children. I was fortunate to have met him. Your family made my first year at West Woods School very special. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Fondly, Robin Curcio

  4. Dear Lisa, Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Zach and Hannah. We are so very sorry for your sudden loss, and we wish you and your entire family strength and peace. Sincerely, Lisa, Bill and Tyler Newman

  5. Dear Verneris Family, Words cannot express how deeply sorry I am for your loss of Matthew. I will forever hold him in my heart as the kind, intelligent, sweet person that he was. My prayers are with you…

  6. I am so saddened by the loss of Matt. He will be missed by many. My deepest heartfelt sympathy to the entire Verneris family. I have so many wonderful childhood memories of Matt and his family that will be treasured always.

  7. I am so saddened to hear about Matt’s passing. I have so many fond memories of family vacations together and all the good times we had as kids in the Squire Lane house. My condolences to Diane, Michael and Marc and to Lisa and the children.

  8. I am so sorry for your loss, Verneris families. Matt and I lived on the same floor for a year while at Bentley. I have some very fond memories of that year and will cherish them. He was a great kid with a great sense of humor and was always fun to be around. You have my deepest sympathies.

  9. I was saddened to hear of Matt’s passing. My condolences to the Verneris family. May God comfort his wife, children, siblings, family and friends during this most sad and difficult time.

  10. Lisa & Family, Deeply sorry to hear of the passing of Matt. My sincerest condolences to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May happy memories always bring peace to you heart

  11. Lisa, Hannah and Zac, I just saw a message from Mark Ruszczyk about Matty’s passing and I am so sorry for your loss. Matty, Mark and I were in the same fraternity at Bentley. We were a year apart but he was always welcoming to me and others in our group. I have not kept in touch with him in recent years but I am sure he was as loving a husband and father as he was a brother to me when we were at Bentley. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  12. My deepest condolences to the Veneris family. It has been about eight years since I talked with Marc and Matthew. My husband, Richard, and I owned a dry cleaners in Branford, CT, and Richard was the salesman for the company that sold dry cleaning supplies to your Dad before buying Branford Cleaners. Another connection to the family is that our daughter, Beth, was a classmate of Matthew’s along ago as nursery school. So from our family to all of you, my prayers for you to find strength at this time. One day at a time is how we get through tough times.

  13. My deepest sympathies to Diane and the Verneris families. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Cathy Ahern

  14. My family and I had the best memories of Matthew from our family vacations up at Cape Cod. He was such a kind, gentle sole with an amazing heart. It just breaks my heart to think of the loss for his Mom, brothers, wife, and children. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers to get through this sad time and hopefully find peace one day. Keep the happy/fun memories close to your heart and know he and your Dad are close..

  15. My thoughts and prayers to family, friends and to all who knew Matt from Rainbow Cleaners. He was a sweet and kind person. So many memories at the store with Matt. We never had to look for him, he was either pressing or cleaning, and he never took breaks back in the day, but always tried to have fun and allow his workers to do the same. Matt would laugh, and sing. One song I remember Matt singing really loud was from U2 called ONE. He would belt that song out so loud you could hear him outside. He was normally quiet so I couldn’t believe it when I walked in the back and saw him really getting into that song. I am very saddened to hear this news ,but I hope for everyone that has a memory of Matt that they hold it and cherish it because he is definitely worthy of that. Lisa, You are an amazing person and complimented him so well. I will be praying for you and the children through this difficult time.

  16. Our heartfelt condolences to Lisa, Zach, Hannah and the entire Veneris family. Matt was always great with the boys at baseball. We are thinking of all of you and keeping you in our hearts. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry we can’t be there to give our condolences in person. The Stegner family

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