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MATKALUK , Stephen John

1928 – 2018

We lost a good man today. In his 90th year, Stephen John Matkaluk, drilling man extraordinaire, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2018. Stephen was raised in Cochrane, AB, and left home at the age of 17 to chase rigs in the burgeoning oil industry when derricks were made of wood and men were made of steel. He was an adventuresome soul and a trail blazer, who endured many hardships that were overcome with relentless tenacity and hard work. Dad and Gramps was our ordinary hero. He was kind, gentle, shy, sort of complicated and a man of few words who led by example. He was predeceased by Irene, his loving wife of 60 years, and will be forever remembered and always loved and cherished by the Matkaluks in Calgary (Randy, Linda and Stephanie) and Vancouver (Darryl, Tate, Kit and Rebecca).
Stephen’s life will be celebrated at a private family service on a warm and sunny spring day.

Our sincere appreciation goes to the staff at Mayfair Care Centre for their kind and compassionate care. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Stephen Matkaluk, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. With heartfelt condolences to the entire Matkaluk Family. From what I have learned about your Father & Grandpa, he was a pillar of strength and led an incredible life which garnered many amazing stories that bring a lot of love, laughter and feelings of pride to his family. I’m happy I was able to have met the man who was such an important part of all your lives.
    With loving kindness,
    Rena Poulsen

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  2. Shirley and Richard Marcinew :

    It is with sadness we here of the passing of Steve. A quiet, sincere and industrious soul. A true gentleman. Our heartfelt condolences to the Matkaluk family. Steve and Irene were good friends, and the kindest folks one could ever meet. Our thoughts and prayers go out for them, as they are now both together at peace in heaven.

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  3. I true gentlemen. Kind and generous the Matkaluk’s opened there home and hearts to us on so many occasions. Some of my earliest memories are of fun and games in the @ Matkaluk manner. Weekend trips from Edmonton with Mary-Lou and my brother Brad always meant great times. Ed recalls one tough s.o.b who worked his way to the top the old school way, tower shift after tower shift. Real life experiences and great people skills made him a living. Gut instincts being and a man of his word made him a legend. Heart felt condolences to his family and those who knew him. The Clint’s Edward, Brad and Kendall.

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  4. To The Matkaluk Family:
    Sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed Steve’s visits when he would venture downtown to our offices. We will all miss him.

    Dan Wilson and family

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