December 23, 1927 – December 15, 2022
Passed away at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie on Thursday, December 15th, 2022, a few days shy of his 95th birthday.
He will be deeply missed by his son Bruce, daughters Barb and Pat, special son-in-law Rob who was like a son; grandchildren Steve (Jenny) and Larissa; 5 great-grandchildren Shaelynne, Natasha, Jessica, Jenna, Jacob; and 7 great-great-grandchildren. Matt was predeceased by his wife Dorothy in 2009, daughter-in-law Jacquie in 2016, and his grandson Jason in 2019. Matt was a devoted and caring family man. He had a great sense of humour which he maintained right to the end.
Matt was born in Scotland in 1927 and came to Canada in 1928 with his mom, dad, and two older sisters. His younger brother and sister were both born in Canada later. He was the only surviving member of his family before he passed. He joined the Merchant Navy as a teenager. He worked for Ontario Hydro for 40 years. He was a past President and had a lifetime honorary membership at the Barrie Golf & Country Club.
He loved to dance and missed his beloved wife Dorothy dearly and we know they are in heaven dancing together.
The family would like to thank all the caring staff at Woods Park Care Centre (Retirement). In addition to the Woods Park staff, thanks to the Bayshore girls who also took such good care of dad and his needs. A special thank you to the Pastor at Woods Park that dad had many talks with while residing there. Also, thanks to the caring staff at RVH with special thanks to Joanna.
As per Matt’s wishes, there will be no public service. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.
Dad will be forever in our hearts.