Mathias Antonius Peter Thijssen

28 February , 192828 March , 2019

Passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 28, 2019 at the age of 91. Husband of 64 years to Jacqueline Thijssen. Father of Fred (Monica), Tony (Christine) and Lizanne Santantonio (Frank). Cherished Opa to Mathew (Alicia), Sean (Danielle), Daniel (Natalie) and Celine (Shane). Great-Opa to Evelyn. Co-founder of Thyssen of Galt (1971). Member of St. Gregory's Parish for 48 years and active member of The Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis, Probus Club and The Ancient Mariners canoe club. Special thank you to all our friends and family for their love and support and the kind and caring staff at Riverbend Retirement home. Separated for 8 days from his beloved wife, he has now joined her in heaven to watch over us all. Till we meet again. We love you. A funeral visitation will be held at Coutts Funeral Home (96 St. Andrews Street, Cambridge) on Monday, April 1st, 2019 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Prayers at 8:30pm). A funeral mass will follow on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 at St. Gregory's Church (10 St. Gregorys Drive, Cambridge) at 11:00 am, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Cambridge Memorial Hospital and the Alzheimer's Society.


  • Visitation Monday, 1 April , 2019
  • Rosary Monday, 1 April , 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, 2 April , 2019
  • Reception following Funeral Service Tuesday, 2 April , 2019

Mathias Antonius Peter Thijssen

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MaryEllen MacMillan

30 March 2019

With Sincere Sympathy

Dear Fred & Monica, Tony & Chris, Lizanne & Frank, and Family,

I wish to express my deepest condolences on Mathias' passing. I know you will miss your devoted father and dear "Opa". While a sudden death is always hardest on those left behind, I hope you will take comfort in the fact that he is now reunited with his beloved wife, Jacqueline and with our heavenly Father and our Blessed Lady.

In honour of Mathias, a donation has been made to the Alzheimers Society and he has been enrolled in the daily masses and prayers of the Carmelite Sisters of the Society of the Little Flower.

With Sincere Sympathy,
MaryEllen (MacMillan)

Charlie DesRoches

30 March 2019

Tony and Christine and Family: I am sending prayers and thoughts of sympathy and love to you all. May God Bless you and give you peace. Tony, your father; Mathias, is now with God and your mother. Parting and the physical separation is the difficulty that we suffer as human beings. In the true life of the spirit the family of God continues. The communion of Saints is very much alive and present. You now have two saints and intercessors in Heaven with God. You mother and father are reunited and are together as they have been as a loving married couple. May the Souls of Mathias and Jacqueline and all the souls of the faithfully departed rest in Peace and may perpetual light shine upon them both. Peace...

Charlie DesRoches