October 16, 1951 – September 26, 2021
It was with profound sadness that we bid farewell to our beloved husband, Dad, brother in law, cousin and friend. We can only try to visualize part of his journey, guitar in tow, singing one of his favourite tunes, “I’m on my way to Canaan’s land…”
Matt was born to parents, Anne and Steve and raised in Castlegar with his brother, Len. He loved the Kootenay life of camping, fishing, hiking, raising huge gardens and picking
huckleberries with his loyal labs scouting for bears. During his 45 years of marriage, to Lorraine, he enjoyed raising three athletic children, Jason (Janet), Jamie (Yu-tien), Jennie (Alex) and this included his two grandsons, Graham and Corbin. He always counted on his son Jeremy as his angel in the outfield or at centre ice. It was during his children’s formative years, that Matt mastered the art of officiating minor hockey and baseball, including various adult leagues. Forty years of delivering mail for Canada Post had “Matty” and his sidekick Dave entertaining their co-workers as they sorted the mail. Then, out on the route he greeted his customers with cheery smiles and stories of his many dog encounters. Matt was happy to share his musical talents to play and sing for many masses, weddings, funerals, care homes and Spring Flings. He loved entertaining at family reunions and campfire singalongs. In recent years, he would have delighted his Mom with his renewed interest in piano. Matt always found time to be a dedicated community volunteer.
A private mass at Christian burial was held at St. Rita’s Church with internment at Castlegar Cemetery. Father John Kellog officiated with musical accompaniment by Elizabeth Stevens. Matt and his family have always been grateful to the staffs of Castlegar, Trail, Kelowna and Calgary hospitals for their support and also for the service of ambulance and fire department. Thanks to the Castlegar Funeral Chapel staff for their compassionate care. Much gratitude to everyone who sent cards, messages, food and flowers.
Matthew 25: Well done, good and faithful servant. Come share your Master’s joy. Obituary
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