April 17, 1928 – May 29, 2011
Lee Matchett beloved husband of Marie Matchett and father to Bill, Wendy and Sean of Calgary, passed away after succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease on May 29, 2011 at the age of 83 years.
Lee donated his body to research in an endeavour to aid in a cure for this devastating disease.
Lee was born to Leland B Matchett, an RCMP officer and his new bride May A Dolan, on the banks of the Miramichi River in New Brunswick. A struggle to say the least, at less than three pounds at birth Lee survived with God’s care and the doting efforts of his parents. He grew up following his family from post to post throughout New Brunswick.
Lee graduated from the University of New Brunswick and St. Francis Xavier University with degrees in Engineering and Geology. As a team member he then worked in the Atlantic developing submarine detection sonar technology for the Department of Naval Research. From there he ventured West to seek employment within the oil and gas industry. After a stint with the Canadian Geological Survey he joined Husky Oil as a geologist and met his loving wife of 58 years. Subsequently Lee held positions of V.P. of Exploration at Altana Exploration, V.P. of Champlin Oil Company (Canada), President of Maynard Exploration, President of WWS Resources, and CEO of Dorchester Energy Inc. before his retirement.
Lee was an active member of; The Calgary Chamber of Commerce, A lifetime member of APEGGA, The Calgary Petroleum Club, and President of the Calgary Flying Club.
Lee’s greatest joy in life was his family. With his passion for the freedom of flight and his skills as a pilot, he exposed his family and friends to a world of discovery. With an affinity to help those not as blessed, he lived his life as he was brought up. “We are our brother’s keepers.” He was a kind and generous man that treated all those around him with love and respect.
Lee is survived by his loving wife Marie V Matchett, sons William LB Matchett, (Sheri), and Sean R Matchett, daughter Wendy M Matchett, grandchildren Cara, Brendan, Tiffany, Keely, and Sam. June Matchett, Linda McCorquodale, (Brian), Luke, Liam, Hope, Tara, Rita Stein, (Rick Saunders), Kathy and Ted Cholod, Michael (Brenda) and Greg. Connie and Howard Kellough, Mary and Sarah. Agnes Bentley, Mary Margaret, Georgina, Colleen, Noel and Jasmine Bentley. Betty Stein, Barb, Patti, Matt, Sarah, Paul, Myra, Melisa Stein and Betsy Edwards. Lee was predeceased by his parents and younger brother Robert F Matchett.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (5340 – 4th Street S.W.) on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that those who wish to may make a donation in Leland’s name to the Alzheimer Society of Canada Research Program. 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton. Alberta. T5H 4K1. (866) 950 5465.
In living memory of Lee Matchett, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences