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ROACH, Matthew (Matt) Sr.

January 26, 1927 – December 28, 2011

Matt Roach Sr. of Calgary passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at the age of 84. He lived his life with great purpose and dignity. His strong belief in family, God and people comforted him in his last moments. He was surrounded by his children on his final journey to join his beloved Ruth.

Matt is survived by seven children, Mary Desjardins, Linda Thomas, Sharon Page, Sheila Schmidt, Matthew Roach Jr. (Joanne), Debbie Orr (Les), John Roach (Suzanne); seventeen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, three sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews. Matt was predeceased by his wife of fifty-nine years (Ruth); grandson Matthew Roach III; and three brothers and three sisters. Matt travelled from Cape Breton to the Prairies in 1948 where he started a fulfilling career in the oil and gas industry. His early years were in project management (which included building sections of the Dew Line). He was involved in projects in many parts of the world with the Mannix Group and Monenco companies. Matt excelled in engineering procurement and construction management where he retired as Senior Vice-President. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to staff and volunteers at the Rosedale Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a reception. Graveside Services at Queen’s Park Cemetery to follow. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Rosedale Hospice #1245 – 70 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2X8 Telephone: (403) 284 – 5195 or directly to Cystic Fibrosis Canada – Calgary & Southern AB Chapter 1130F – 44 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB. T2G 4W6 Telephone: (403) 266-5295, www.cfcalgary.ca.

In living memory of Matt Roach, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Uncle Matt was a true gentlemen, I had total respect for this man. He always treated everyone equally. From myself and my family, whom unfortunately did not have the pleasure of meeting him, we offer you our prayers, and love. He will always be there through your memories.

    Rod

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  2. Just a few words to let you know that I, along with my familly, my children and my mother, Julieanne, are thinking of you all at this your time of need. Uncle Matt is with the love of his life now, and I hope that knowing that will be a great comfort to all of you. In your sorrow just remember all the good things he left you and as a family lean on each other. All our love and prayers are with you. Matt Roach

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  3. Sorry for your loss….. I really liked both Matt and Ruth
    Jim, brc #907

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  4. Although Matt and I were friends for only a couple of years in this residence, I feel priveliged to have known him and shared some frequent musical experiences with him. His contributions to the latter will be missed.

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  5. Mary, Linda, Sharon, Sheila, Matt,Debbie and John… and all your others. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Uncle Matt was out to see Dad in April and he was awesome. That is how I get to remember him. As the root to the family.

    My heart is with you.
    Always and forever! Deanna and Tanner

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  6. Rob & Nicki Roach :

    Dear Nieces and Nephews,
    As you well know we are very sorry that you have lost your father. He was a very special man. However we all know he is happier where he is, with your mom.
    We are deeply sorry that we are unable to attend the service but are thinking of you all.
    Please accept our love and prayers.
    Love Uncle Rob & Aunt Nicki

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  7. Shane Bothwell :

    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Roach family.

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  8. alice klippert :

    We miss Matt very much and our thoughts and prayers are for you and the family.

    alice klippert, brc, #1102

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  9. betty laycock :

    …..you were loved by many…and will be missed by many

    Betty Laycock, BRC, #606

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  10. Ron and Sabine Thomsen :

    What a great man Uncle Matt was.He was always full of life and love and a real presence when entering a room. You knew well that he cared about those he loved and would give anything for them.

    Knowing you are cutting a rug with your lovely Ruth now.
    We will miss you. Watch over us all.

    Love Ron and Sabine

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  11. Anne & Des January 8th :

    We want to take this time to send our condolences to all of you. Our prayers are with you all especially today. We had a couple of occacions where we met grandpa Roach and he always had a huge hug and you couldn’t get away without a kiss. I know he will be sadly missed but he is now in a better place with Ruth
    Anne & Des Burke

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  12. we enjoyed knowing both matt and ruth…..sorry for your loss

    becky and laurie, BRC

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  13. Shirley Clare :

    So sorry to read about the passing of Matt- please accept my sympathies-we spent a lot of time with Matt and Ruth back in the 60’s and 70′- they were good people- sincerely- Shirley Clare (Ron)
    Ron passed away in a car accident in 1998

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