Bert M. Ampolini, Jr.



Bert M. Ampolini, Jr., 25, of Medford, passed through the gates of Heaven to be with the Lord on Sept. 19, 2009. Bert was loved by many friends as well as family.

He was better known to his friends and family as Matt, Jr. or Cocho who was never one to let his paralysis slow him down. After losing his father at age 10 and surviving his first aneurism at age 17, Matt knew the importance of enjoying every day. He understood what some people never learn, to make every day count and never take one moment for granted. Matt loved a good concert, music was a very important part of his life as was working with his hands. No matter the curve ball life threw at him by not having full usage of one hand and arm, it wasn't an uncommon sight to see him under the hood of one of his trucks monkey wrenchin' or under the dash installing a stereo. He was as happy at Uncle Michaels playing with Loni in their Bronco as he was in his garage just hangin out with his friends. But, it wasn't until he began to work for his Uncle Mike and Aunt Loni that he found a self-worth he didn't know he was lacking. Because of that relationship, Matt grew in ways he didn't expect. He became a man to respect, a man with honor and understood the true value of family and although he left behind his mother, sister, two nieces, uncle, aunt and more friends than can be listed, every one was touched in some way and a better person for knowing him.

A service will be held on October 1, 2009 at 2:00 p.m., Mountain Christian Fellowship, — Main Street, Medford.

Bert had a "Heart of Gold" and only God knows why our friend was taken early and he will be greatly missed by all!