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MORRISON, Matthew Todd

August 19, 1976 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
June 6, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Matthew Morrison on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the age of 42 years.

Matthew was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on August 19, 1976 and has been living in Calgary for the last 10 years. Matthew (Matty) was a man of integrity, loyalty and humility. These qualities made him an exceptional leader, of over hundreds of employees, as Director of Operations for the Concorde Entertainment Group. He was known for his heartwarming smile. He cared deeply for his family, friends and people whom he worked with; continuously supporting and encouraging them to be their best. His genuine nature comforted people and his carefree spirit was infectious and cherished by the people who shared in his company. He was an uncle by name but a dad at heart. Uncle Matty was a favorite amongst his nephews, always making time to teach golf, swim, play, laugh and listen.

Matty had a passion for sports and activities throughout his life. Throughout his school years he was a great hockey, lacrosse, and football player. During his adult years he was a self-proclaimed professional golfer. Matty spent as much time on the golf course as possible. Whether it was at the Falcon Lake Golf Course with his dad, Clive; Palm Springs with his partner, Kyla; or any random course he could get on with his buddies. In recent years, Matt enjoyed spending family time on the weekends in Banff snowboarding and cross-country skiing. Some of Matty’s most memorable time was spent at the family cottage in Falcon Lake Manitoba. It was his sanctuary, giving him the time to decompress and reconnect with loved ones. He spent his time eating his mom’s cooking, sticking his fingers to “taste test” where he wasn’t wanted, and playing on the dock with his nephews. Matty had a passion for travel, spending time in Australia, Europe, and throughout US and Canada. During these trips, he immersed himself in the outdoors doing activities and exercise. Most recently, he found a love for frequenting the beaches of Maui, with his partner Kyla.

Matthew is survived by his parents Clive and Diana; his two brother’s and two sisters-in-law, Brad (Kelly) and Ben (Anissa); and four nephews Tristjan, Hunter, Dexter and Edwin; and his partner Kyla Hunter. He is also survived by numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.

Matthew left us too soon and had a lot more to offer everyone; forever he will be with us in our hearts and memories.

There will be a private service for family held in Winnipeg at a later date.

Those wishing to pay their respects may provide condolences and tributes through Matthew’s Obituary page at www.McInnisandHolloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Bruce Oake Memorial Fund in Winnipeg at www.bruceoakerecoverycentre.ca/donate.

In living memory of Matthew Morrison, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. We will miss you so much Matty Mo. It was so good to see you on Max’s birthday just a couple weeks ago. Thanks for always being such a great friend we won’t ever forget you.
    Kyle, Trena, Max and Milo

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  2. To the Morrison Family,

    It’s hard to find the right words but Lori and I wanted to express our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Matt. He always welcomed me with a huge smile and sometimes a Morrison Bear Hug as well and he will be missed very much. My thoughts are with all of you and please know that I am hear to support you in any way I can.
    Alan & Lori

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  3. Matt , I am missing you! Enjoyed our times together at our family functions, I can see you in the living room with all the kids around the table and playing games with them ! Walking in and taking over the kitchen, I will always cherish that beautiful, burnt, stained cutting board! Insisting you and Kyla taking me out to dinner before I flew out to Mexico! You said don’t worry about paying for the elevator Gramma … I have a pass! Oh yes and bring all your Jazzercise friends down to the National for free bowling! Love you Matt for so many memories! Love Gramma Gail

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  4. Darren Robinson

    Matty, I am incredibly grateful to have known you. When I got a text from you a few weeks ago letting me know you were coming out to golf Kananaskis I was excited to see you. I feel extra grateful that I got to have a short visit with you, hear you glow about being an uncle and that you got to play Kananaskis one last time. May there be the golf course of your dreams where you are at now.
    Clive, Diana, Brad, Kelly, Ben, Annisa, Kyla and the whole family, our hearts goes out to all of you. I can’t begin to imagine how difficult this is for all of you. We love your Matty very much. Wishing you all strength during this difficult time.

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  5. Heather Kaiser

    I am so sorry for your incredible loss. I only knew Matt for a short time but his smile lit up the room. He always made me feel like part of the team and didn’t hesitate to come over and say hi.
    He will be remembered

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  6. Glenn and Carol Chudley

    To the Morrison Family
    Please accept our condolences in the loss of your handsome son, brother, brother in law, cousin and uncle. May you find comfort in all the beautiful memories you have with him. Our hearts go out to you all.
    Glenn and Carol Chudley

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  7. Troy Fleischhaker

    Will always remember you Matty – your warm heart and infectious smile. ❤️

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  8. James Forrester

    Favourite memory of Matty. Him walking around my backyard birthday BBQ with an entire jerk chicken in his hand and not sharing 🙂 He will be missed.

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  9. Jessica Hamilton

    Matt,
    It was an honour to work with you many years ago at Joeys. I have fond memories of you, your smile and some good laughs. You will forever be in our hearts and memories. You fought so hard in this life, your courage is an inspiration to us all.

    Til we meet again someday my friend… may peace and love be with you.

    Jessica Hamilton

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  10. I’m so sorry for your loss. Matt was always a gem to see, he had amazing energy and was loved by everyone.

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  11. We will miss you. Your light was like no other. Thank you for all the laughs, great times and support over the years.

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  12. Jacqueline Moller

    I will miss you Matt Morrison… this is too soon. I loved running into you when I did. Will never forget our trip to Windermere all those years ago. Sending a whole lot of love to your family. Your friend forever, Jacqueline

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  13. Iva and Petar Ivanov

    We’ll never forget the trip to Fairmond Hot Springs, the multiple Bulgarian dinners at our house, your great sense of humour and how you played with our kids for hours Iva and I will always miss you Matty ❤️

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  14. Matt, Matty, Uncle Matt your welcoming, infectious & mischievous smile is what we think of first about you and it will never be forgotten.
    You were always willing to help people. You helped us many times but most significantly you lent your legendary Morrison muscle to tirelessly help us after the big flood.

    To Clive & Diana & all the family we send our deepest, deepest sympathy. You raised a good boy with a big, kind heart and for that we hope you are always proud.

    Mark, Julia, Jonah, Nadja

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  15. Sarah and Neil Davies

    Dear Morrison family,

    I’ve been trying to formulate the words all day. First, and foremost. My condolences, on behalf of my sister (Sarah Davies) and myself, for the loss of Matt. May we all remember the man he was, and remember how he lived.

    He was always kind, generous and most of all, a good friend. I will never forget, our more than entertaining conversations, and hilarious times spent together.

    Matt was taken from everyone, way too soon. Rest well old friend. You will always be missed, but never forgotten.

    Sarah and Neil Davies

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  16. I’m so sorry for your loss Morrison’s family Matt was always a friend he had amazing energy and was loved by every one we will miss you amigo God bless you morrison’s fam

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  17. I wasn’t sure what I would say, hence the delayed response. Matt was I were best mates in a time of life you should remain best mates forever, as most Hollywood movies would like to have us believe. Can’t even remember why we drifted apart, But always loved you mate, RIP Matt you were always bigger than life, my heart goes out to Clive Brad and the family

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  18. Linda and I are filled with sadness on Matt’s passing. Maybe the most lovable guy we ever knew. He will always hold a very special place in our hearts. We loved him and Linda didn’t even mind when he snapped our diving board in half while showing us his water skills.
    Clive and Diana, our hearts reach out to you

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  19. Eleanor Thompson

    Diana, Clive and family,
    Words cannot adequately express the depth of our pain at the loss of your beloved, spirited, kind, courageous, talented and generous son, brother, uncle, nephew, partner. Matt was one in a million and his star will continue to shine brightly in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved him. Special love to you, Diana, my lifelong friend, and hugs to Clive and all your family.

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  20. David Zaleschuk

    To Mr. & Mrs. Morrison, Brad, Kelly, Ben, Anissa, Kyla, and family,
    We are deeply saddened with the passing of Matthew. He was a great person with a beautiful soul. Our most sincere condolences to you all now and in the times ahead.

    Matt,
    Thank you for giving me your friendship. The times we shared will never be lost. I will miss you my dear friend. Rest in Peace.

    With love,
    David & Adrienne

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  21. Matt
    I hope you’re at peace buddy, you’ll be extremely missed and I’m soo sad you’re gone. I’m gonna miss the jokes and the laughs we always had and no matter how long it had been since we’d see each other it always felt like we could pick up right where we left off. I’ll miss you

    To the Morrison Family

    My sincere condolences, hopefully Matty can find the peace he deserves. He brought light to many and I personally witnessed it. He was an amazing soul.

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  22. To the Morrison Family,

    Matt had such an incredibly warm personality that made all around him just feel happy and at ease. He was a light on this earth and he will continue to shine.

    My sincere condolences as this pain you are experiencing is unimaginable.

    Thinking of you all,

    Bekki

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  23. Sheldon Lachambre

    Matty,

    You were a true GEM of a person. You had this calm disposition about you and always came with a smile no matter what the situation you were dealt. I loved working alongside you and always looked forward to our chats, meetings and times. Gone way too soon. You’ll always be remembered. Deepest Condolences to the Morrison family and your Concorde family. You’ll be missed Matt, RIP

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  24. The Morrison Family! Wishing you all peace to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts . I remember your family so fondly during our hockey years !! Big hugs Lynn Sali ( Chad Sali’s Mom )

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  25. Jonathan Black

    Although it has been years since I have seen Matty the idea that he is no longer with you is difficult to imagine.

    Chomper and I met in high school where we spent a lot of time together playing sports and hanging out.

    Although way back then he was relatively new to Regina he made friends with everyone.

    Matty was an amazing teammate. He was extremely loyal, he was intimidating to play against and his athletic ability allowed him to have a huge impact on the games he played. In all it resulted in some memorable lacrosse and football games and even a few championships.

    I will always be grateful that I was fortunate to have spent those formative years with a great friend like Matty.

    My condolences to the entire Morrison family.

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  26. Ken and Sharon Nameth

    Clive, Diana, and the rest of the Morrison family.
    Sharon and I are so sorry to hear about the loss of your son, brother and uncle ( Matt ).
    Also sorry to Kyla for the loss of your partner.
    A parent should not have to bury their child.

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  27. Matt will forever be in our thoughts and prayers. He was a kind, gentle soul and a true gentleman. We will miss him at Union Square, but he will never be forgotten.

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  28. Clive Diana & Family
    Sorry for your loss !!!!

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  29. Keith Dyck and Family

    My sincere condolences to all the Morrison family.

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  30. Dave and Judy Hoeght

    We met Matt several years ago thru our son, and we have a lot of great memories. He lit up the room, always happy, always smiling. He has left us way too soon. RIP Matty, you will be missed by a lot of people! And you will be remembered as one of the really good ones!!

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  31. One of the nice guys. You will be missed Matt.

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  32. Vicki Korogonas

    Uncle Matt, The look in your eyes when you saw me come through the door (eyeroll) and then your back breaking hugs. You had a way of making everyone gather. You have an entire city here in Calgary missing you and hurting for your family. Rest, Matty. I hope that your nephews will forever remember their “fun, or else” loving uncle. I hope that Brad, Kelly, Ben and Anissa can find the strength to carry your memory without pain. May we all as parents send Clive and Diana our strength and support through this unfair and unexplainable time. You have a village behind you that wants to take this pain away from you.
    Forever with you all,
    Vicki

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  33. Doug & Marion Parker. Diana & Clive,we send our heartfelt sympathies to your family on the passing of your son Matt. We have fond memories of our time spent together especially during hockey season.Know we care & your family is in our prayers.

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  34. Most sincere condolances to you all

    old neighbours and friends Vic Rose and Tony Gerbasi

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  35. Clive & Diana
    I am at a loss for words. Just heard about your Son Matthews passing. My deepest sympathy to you, your boys and families on this unfathonable loss. May the memories of the wonderful times you shared with Matthew help ease your pain at this most difficult time. I am so very sorry for your loss. You are constantly in my thoughts. Lynne
    Lynne

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  36. Frank and Marie Ann King

    Clive &Diana
    There are no words that can even begin to express how sorry we are to hear that you lost your beautiful son. Sending you all our prayers and love.
    Frank and Marie Ann

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  37. Ken and Gerry Stephanson

    Clive, Diana and Kyla,
    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. May you have some degree of comfort in the many happy memories you have of Matt.

    Thinking of you,
    Ken and Gerry

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  38. Rick Sutcliffe

    Dearest Clive, Diana, Kyla and family, please know that you are in our hearts and prayers right now. And we promise to stand at your side when you need to lean in the weeks and month to come. This news is so incredibly sad to hear, we cannot even imagine the magnitude of your sorrow. Take as much time as you need, then please reach out so that we may hug you, feed you and hold you up. Matty was the sort of person who lit up every room he was in. He was unforgettable. I recall once going into one of his restaurants in Calgary with a customer. I asked if Matty was available; he came over and took time to connect with me. He was a real chip off the old block. Thinking of you guys and sending our love, Rick and Brandi

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  39. Frank and Marie Ann King

    Clive &Diana
    We are so very sorry to hear about your precious son Matt’s passing. Sending our prayers and love to all your family

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  40. Matty,
    My heart is so broken writing this. Not a day will go by when I don’t think of you and smile and laugh at all of the great times we had. Your light shined so brightly that I know heaven needed an angel before his time. To say that I was blessed to call you my friend is such an understatement. You brought so much love and light to everyone around you and your memory will always live on. To your friends, family and loved ones: Thinking of you so much and sending you so much love. He will never be forgotten, but always greatly missed.

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  41. Brad and Ben,
    Brad, I wish had more opportunities to get to know you. I do remember the few times Matt and I spent with you – epic is the only way I can describe them. I know Matt looked up to you, and wanted to be so much like you. Ben, I was lucky enough to have spent more time around you, and always considered you to be my “little” brother. I wish I had remained in contact and could now play a role of older sister during such difficult times. I understand the loss of a sibling, and as such, wish I had more to offer both of you than words of sympathy.

    Diana and Clive,
    While many years have passed, I have not forgotten how often and lovingly I was welcomed into your home and your family. They were some of the most comforting times of my life. You both built such an amazing family and life for your children – I cannot begin to imagine how you will navigate the path through this tragedy. But, I know there is a path, and with your strength together and that of Brad and Ben, your grandchildren and extended family, there will be help to guide and lead you through the grief. If there is any tiny measure in which I can be of support, please do not hesitate to reach out. For now, you have my most heartfelt condolences and my wish for eventual peace.

    For Matthew,
    (the short version)
    I have been searching for the right words for so long now, and am realizing that, perhaps, there just are no words to fully express the depth to which I feel the loss of you. I have spent most of my life missing you, and that will certainly not end, but only deepen now. You will forever be a part of my thoughts.

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  42. My sincere condolences to all the Morrison family.

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  43. Randy & Colleen

    Diana, Clive & Family, I imagine there is no pain more far reaching and deeper than losing a child. Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Extending our deepest sympathy, to all of you. Hoping, too, that comfort and peace may come to you through all your family memories with Matt.
    Love Colleen & Randy

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  44. Mark and Lindsay Hampson

    To the Morrison Family,

    Lindsay and I wanted to send our condolences.

    We were very fortunate to have Matt in our lives and to call him our friend.

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  45. We cannot begin to understand your deep grief and heartache,

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  46. Cousin Matty,

    I can hear you greeting me on the dock at Falcon as cousin Fred, Bill, or whatever name came to mind in that moment. The next time I was in Calgary you were going to take me to the winner of your search for the best bowl of French Onion soup that the city had to offer. I’ll find it and have two bowls! You were dearly loved and will forever be missed.

    I hope your smiling up there on a tee-box.

    Love, cousin Dale

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  47. As young men in our early 20’s, me and Matty spent many hours together lifting weights at the gym, and hanging out in Winnipeg. Most of the time we spent together involved joking around and laughing a lot. When not trying to make each other laugh, we chatted about all things; music, movies, work and girls. But mostly girls. When Matty moved to Calgary, we lost touch and grew apart. I’ve thought of him often through the years, and Cherished the friendship we forged and the memories we made.
    Brad, Ben, Clive and Diana,
    Sending my deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to you all during this difficult time.
    Matthew Guyot

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  48. Dieter & Lynn Pelzer

    Clive & Diana and family,
    Our deepest sympathy on Matt’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    “To Live in Hearts we Leave Behind, is not to Die.”

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  49. I am truly so heart broken by the news of Matty’s passing. I met Matty when we were both working at Joey’s in Calgary many years ago. He was a good friend, like a brother to me, and is the star of many fond memories that I have of living in Calgary. Finally running into him in Calgary was like running into a long lost sibling. I feel very privileged to have known him.
    My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. Please accept my deepest condolences.
    Tara (Luchak) Simpson

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  50. Great condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues affected by his passing. Gone too soon.

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  51. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss Morrison family. I have fond memories of your family while growing up at the rinks in Regina. Thinking of all you guys in this difficult time. Take care all.

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  52. To the Morrison Family,

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Matt’s passing.

    I knew Matt back in the days of working at Earls in Winnipeg, and then again our paths crossed in Calgary.

    Matt had a contagious smile that would light up any room – and truly one we will never forget. Always laughing, joking and having fun, he was a true gem. I will remember him and his easy-going nature, fondly.

    My sincere condolences to all of your family during this incredibly difficult time.

    Love Mandy

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  53. Joanne Johnson

    Clive, Diana and family – It’s so hard to find the right words to express our deep sorrow for the loss of your son Matt. May your memories and the love of your family help to comfort you in the days ahead. Thinking of you with sincere sympathy .

    David and Joanne

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  54. Matt,
    I am heartbroken over the loss of you. Since your passing I have been thinking a lot about words that go unsaid and things that I wish I would have told you while you were still here. You meant the world to me and I deeply regret not telling you that enough. It was because of you that twenty years ago my life completely changed. I was a small town girl new to Calgary and you helped me to see the endless possibilities that the world had to offer. You saw something in me that at the time I didn’t see in myself. Your love and friendship gave me the courage to dream big and always follow my heart and for that I will always be grateful. I will forever miss you but know that I will see you again one day. When I close my eyes I can see your smile and that is how I will remember you for always.

    The Morrison Family,
    My deepest condolences on the loss of Matt. You raised an amazing son who was loved by all. He will forever be in our hearts.

    Megan Shaw xoxo

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  55. Sending my thoughts and prayers.

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  56. Larisa Jancewicz

    To the Morrison family and closest friends and partner, I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you. Matt was a wonderful person and manager and every encounter was fun and memorable. He will he missed by many. What a terribly sad loss.

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