William (Bill) Matthew

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MATTHEW – William (Bill) Robert John Born July 18, 1929 – January 21, 2021 aged 91 years.

Dad was a young boy when he immigrated to Canada with his parents Donald and Winnifred Matthew and his oldest sister, Dora.  They settled in Newdale area of Manitoba before moving to the Kamsack area.

                Dad as a young man worked at various jobs in the bush and on farms for different people.  He managed to get work with the government as a bush – camp cook.  He said he worked his way up by doing various jobs from cutting and clearing trees to running cat, building roads.  This would lead him to work in different parks in Saskatchewan and historical sites. 


While working at Madge Lake he met Adeline Eberhardt.  They were married January 1956.  They had two children Doreen and Bryan.  At this time mom and dad had two quarters of land.  It was a mix farm, it kept everyone very busy; as dad worked full time at the lake.  Later on Dad got the garbage contract for the lake.  Over the years we made and met many new friends.


Later on in Life Bill met his longtime partner Irene Dumont.  They moved to and lived in Kamsack till Bill’s passing.  Bill later in retirement was known as the “tree guy”.  He’d cut down the most difficult trees, and trees in difficult places.  He also loved to do yard work for his neighbours.  Dad loved visiting and talking with people, being outdoors, seeing and working with animals.


Bill is survived by his partner Irene Dumont, his two children Doreen (Peter) Kurylowich and Bryan (Kim) Matthew, two grandchildren Peter and Patricia (Mike) McCool, five great grandchildren Chantel, Matthew, Katelynn Shastko and Tyson and Makayla McCool, his sister Dorothy of British Columbia and many nieces and nephews.

                Bill is predeceased by his parents and his sister Dora and brother-in-law John Eberhardt, granddaughter Crystal Matthew and her mom Sheila.

                On behalf of the family, I would sincerely like to thank everyone for the very kind words, stories shared, cards, phone calls and food trays.  I would love to list everyone, but fear I may miss some.  Dad very much enjoyed the phone calls while he was in the Eaglestone Lodge and the Kamsack Hospital.

A very special Thank you to the hospital staff and nurses for the excellent care given to dad in this very difficult (Pandemic Time).

                                “The one that looks after you the Best is You!  Bless You”

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