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MATCHETT – Joseph Leland (Lee) Benedict

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 

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.

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  1. Gareth & Laurie Beverley :

    Sean, Bill and the rest of the Matchett family our thoughts are with you at this time.

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  2. Greg Schmidt :

    Wendy and family

    I was saddened to learn of your father’s death. I have memories of your father from when I was in grade school and you, Wendy, and the rest of your family would walk into church led by the distinguished Lee Matchett.

    No length of preparation for the loss of one’s parent makes it any less painful. Each day forward will have you remember him with great affection. The early days of remembrance may be touched with tears, but through the years your memories will be with smiles and great joy.

    Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

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  3. MARIE, our most sincere condolences on the loss of your loving husband LEE.

    GOD BLESS, Don Jepson

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  4. Arrigo and Mary Chiste :

    Marie and family;

    Please accept our condolences on the passing of your husband and father.

    May he rest in peace.

    God bless,

    Arrigo and Mary Chiste

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  5. Wendy, Sean, Bill and families,

    My prayers are with you at this time.
    Mark Bowman

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  6. Didi McCreary :

    Dear Marie, Wendy, Bill, and Sean. My brother Don forwarded me the obituary of Lee’s passing. My deepest sympathy! I have such fond memories of him! With deepest sympathy! Sincerly Didi

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  7. Lea Cornelesen and family :

    Dear Marie and family:

    Our heartfelt condolences with the loss of your husband, father and grandpa. We know what it is like to lose such a dear person. Therefore, we will remember you in our prayers and ask God to grant you strength and peace during this time.

    All our love, Lea and Arna Cornelesen…Tina Sebastian and family.

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  8. Lynette Hill :

    Jim and I have not known you long but I remember after you first moved next door, Jim came in the house one day after meeting Lee and said to me, “You didn’t tell me Lee Matchett moved next door. Do you know who he is?” Jim loved flying and worked at the airport while attending school and told me that he would see Lee there often. I wish we could have known Lee better. I am sure he had great flying stories to tell.
    To you and your family, please accept our condolences on Lee’s passing.
    Jim and Lynette Hill

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  9. Terry Carrigan :

    Marie and Family,
    I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Lee. I know you will miss him dearly. Just wanting you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Terry Carrigan (St. Boniface Secretary)

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  10. Hello, Marie,
    My brother, Frank, called me about Lee’s passing and I want to extend to you and the family my deep felt condolences at this time. As you know my wife, Kaye, and I have known Lee and you since Husky Oil days, particularly in Saskatchewan. I actually introduced you to Lee in a town in that province. I think Kimberlay. I would love to be able to talk with you sometime. I spend a few days in Calgary every autumn visiting with my brother. Maybe this Fall?

    Kaye will have been gone 15 years in July. I’m still quite alive! I’m driving to PEI this summer and will fly to St John’s, NFLD to visit my eldest son, Pat, there. In case you would wish to contact me my e-mail is My phone number is 519-668 8860.

    Again my sincerest sympathy,
    Hank O’Shea

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  11. Ralph Vigna :

    Marie whatsoever soothes your spirit, comforts your soul and brings you peace is what I wish for you at this time.

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