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MATTHEWS, Lorne Edward

April 19, 1946 – Melville, SK
April 16, 2014 – High River, AB

It is with heavy hearts we must announce the passing on a very unique individual after a long and brave battle with cancer. Lorne Edward Matthews of High River, passed away at High River Hospital on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the age of 67 years. His loving wife Beverly, daughter Mykaela and life-long friend Al Dakin were by his side.

Lorne was born on April 19, 1946 in Melville, SK to Wilson and Alma Matthews.

Lorne attended the University of Manitoba where he studied architecture. He married his wife Beverly in 1969, and with her and his three-month old daughter Mykaela, moved to Jamaica where he worked for three years. While there, they had another daughter Rebecca. They then moved to Malaysia for a year and London, England for six months.

Avid travellers, Lorne, Beverley and Mykaela (until she was 16) visited over thirty countries. The family moved to Yellowknife, NT after returning to Canada where Lorne worked for the Territorial and Federal governments for twenty-seven years. While is Yellowknife, they hosted fifteen foreign exchange students from all over the world, most of whom they kept in touch with.

After retiring in 2001, they moved to High River where they became active members of the community and made many good friends. Lorne was a member of the Liars Club, which met every Thursday at the Auction Mart, River City Classics, the Calgary Model T Club, the Tractor Museum and the High River Oddfellows.

Never boring, always opinionated, he was a renaissance man who loved trying new languages, food and travel. If he did anything, he did it with everything he had. He was a man, who once he gave his word to a friend, would always follow through.

Lorne is survived by his wife Beverley, daughter Mykaela Haarstad (Blair); grandson Liam Matthews-Nesland; and granddaughters Meagan, Alison and Morgan Haarstad. He will be missed by his friend Jack Turner for their evening coffee at McDonalds. He was predeceased by his parents Wilson and Alma, brother Larry, daughter Rebecca and granddaughter Annastasia.

A Celebration of Lorne’s Life will be held at a later date. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Lorne Matthews, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. It is with sadness that I learned of Lorne’s passing. Truly, a citizen of the world community. He lived in a borderless world, He clearly understood that nations are nothing but a collection of communities, and you can’t learn a culture in the abstract. You have see the culture through a strangers eyes.

    I saw this in person as I watched how he worked with an isolated traditional dene community leaders in building log community centre. He was able to interweave their values into the design.

    Through AFS he and Bev were able to become intimate with cultures around the world.

    Their shared experiences will ensure their vision and values are sprinkled throughout the place we share.

    Our thoughts are with the family

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  2. derek haight :

    We are deeply saddened at the passing of Lorne. Having been a classmate since the 60’s at U of M in Architecture, Lorne was always the ‘go-to’ guy. his passion and curiousity about everything spurred his spirit of adventure, and understanding throughout his professional career and family life.
    I will always remember his wit and especially his humor. What a wonderful laugh! It was infectious. We will forever cherish the many good times we had with Lorne and Bev at our dinners together, reunions, and Baker’s Creek.

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  3. David Gladders :

    Had hoped our paths would cross again in this life, will have to wait for the next, my condolences…

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  4. Brian and Sandy Heavens :

    Lorne was a “Terrific and Knowledgable Man” may his legacy live in all our hearts.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. Brian and Sandy Heavens

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  5. R.Douglas Gillmor :

    I first met Lorne at the U of M reunion in 2013. At that time he was having health problems but it did not affect his sense of humour or his high spirits. I only found out later that he had gone through a remarkable international architectural experience before settling in Canada. I also am a graduate of the University of Manitoba but had left before Lorne graduated. He was a remarkable man and has left us all with great memories.

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  6. Rosalie Smith :

    It is with deep sadness that I hear of Lorne’s passing, we worked together for the GNWT many years ago. Lorne you were a great person and friend, rest in peace. My deepest condolenes Bev and family, you are all in my thoughts n prayers. Let us know when his Celebration of Life will be, TY

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  7. AFS Interculture Canada :

    This is a very sad day! I think we are still in shock about this news. We will send a personal letter to Bev. But we wanted to say our sadness. Lorne was always very joyfull, a Bon vivant as we say in French. He did so much for AFS Interculture Canada that it’s hard to say all the things he did, I think he did it all! He had an impact on us and on so many AFS students as well. We will cherish his memory and our thoughts are with his family with all our hearts.
    The employees and board members and volunteers of AFS Interculture Canada

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  8. Bev, Mykaela and all –
    I was so sorry to hear of Lorne’s passing. He was always a character – interesting & interested, caring & often passionate about what earned his interest – & with an insightful & wry humour. I enjoyed his perspective & our world is a little smaller & duller for his loss. My sympathies are with you – and I hope the many memories you share will help you through this sad time. My condolences, Pat Ruby

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  9. Lorne was a committed, energetic, caring individual who was a big part of our community. Although we lost touch after he left Yellowknife he was not forgotten. My condolences to Bev and family.

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  10. Gary and Christy Vanderhaden :

    We only just learned of the loss of a very good man. Lorne truly lived up to the principle of “always be curious about the world”. Above all other things, we remember his keen curiosity and interest in so many cultures and peoples, his willingness to extend his hospitality and his friendship to all, and his great (sometimes mischievous) sense of humour. It has been many years since we’ve seen him, but we have never forgotten the big and positive “footprints” that he and Bev made in our lives. To Bev, Kyla, and all in your family, please accept our deepest sympathies.

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