Obituary: Matthew Giles Reeder
May 29, 1958 — January 29, 2015
Matt is loved and remembered by his father, Samuel J. Reeder; stepmother, June S. Reeder; wife, Barbara Reeder; daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah Reeder; step-children, Thomas and Katharine Cannon; brother, Timothy Reeder (Susanne); sister, Molly (Douglas) Chamberlain; uncle, Charles J. “Joe” Reeder; step-brothers, Robert Cooper and Timothy (Cynthia) Cooper and many nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his mother, Barbara E. Reeder and step-brother, Theodore Cooper.
Matt was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, cyclist and skier, pursuits that he followed until the last few days of his life. He grew up in the Rochester, New York area, graduated from Pittsford-Sutherland High School, and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts from Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts. After college, Matt followed his passion for snow and mountains, and worked in the ski industry, eventually finding his home at Northstar California Resort.
As director of snow surfaces at Northstar California Resort, Matt brought more than 38 years of snowmaking experience to the mountain, having contributed to some of the most prestigious resorts across the country. Matt began his career at Hunter Mountain in New York. He quickly developed acumen for snowmaking and worked his way up at Mount Snow in Vermont, Aspen Skiing Company in Colorado, and The Canyons, Utah, where he served as the director of slope maintenance.
In addition to overseeing the snow surface at the resort, Matt was responsible for NBC’s Today Show and Nightly News during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Matt also served as the director of mountain operations at both the Yellowstone Club and Spanish Peaks Resort in Montana, and has made snow in locations including Central Park and Shea Stadium.
Matt was a loving and devoted father, husband, son, brother, uncle, and dear friend. His passion for sharing a ski run, laughs on the chair lift, and wonderful stories about his family will forever remind us of his kindness, humor and love for the mountains. We are so very fortunate to have been a part of your life. Thank you.
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