Gerald Emanuel Matus
7 August , 1956 – 8 January , 2019
Gerald's family is sad to announce his sudden passing on January 8, 2019. He was born on August 7, 1956 in New Westminster.
Gerald was a hard-working and intelligent family man with a giant heart. He had the ability to repair or create nearly anything. After building his first home at the age of 24, it was clear that Gerald was a natural "Jack- of-all-Trades". He enjoyed spending his free time camping, fishing, shooting guns, and spending time with his family.
Throughout his working career, he spent most of his time in mills as a Power Engineer, Boiler Maker and Millwright throughout the province. He also spent some time as a Realtor in the early 80s.
Gerald became a Freemason on October 15, 1995, and was the Worshipful Master of Mt. Begbie Lodge #183 in 2003. Gerald was predeceased by his mother Johanna (2016) and son Sheldon in April of 2018.
Gerald will be deeply missed by his wife of over 40 years Diane, daughters Kathryn Abell (Paul, Jace), Victoria Bennett (Jessie, Kayleigh, Ashlyn, Isaac, Jacob and Connor) and step-son Steven Young (Ryan, Jayde, Nathan and Austin). He is also survived by his father Emmanuel, siblings Glenn (Paola), Gail (Phil), Gina (Harry) and Sheldon's daughter Alicia.
His smile, his laughter and his larger than life personality will be lost to numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.
The family would like to thank the First Responders, Doctors and Nurses at Royal Inland Hospital for their tireless efforts.
A Ceremony will take place on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm at the Masonic Lodge in Kamloops. For more information please email Kathryn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gerald, we must now pass you the sprig of Acacia and will get it back from you when we meet again
Rest in Peace Dad
So mote it be
- Celebration of Life Saturday, 23 February , 2019
Gerald Emanuel Matus
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19 February 2019
A great friend who always had a fabulous sense of humor, his smile let you know a good joke was coming! Such a fun guy to be around, my condolences to his family.
2 February 2019
Gerald was always so much fun, a real class act.
24 January 2019
That was a nice Obituary. I learned a few things about Gerald that I didnt know. I'm glad he has his father's name as a middle name. I love Uncle Emanuel & enjoy my visits with him. I wish I'd made a trip 2 Kamloops & gotten 2 know Gerald better. I had the pleasure of crashing with Diane & Gerald in the 80's or early 90's when they resided in 100 Mile House while traveling during winter weather. They were very kind 2 take us in when I hadn't seen them since they lived in Abbotsford. I will always remember his kindness, ready smile & laughter. You will be missed Gerald.
22 January 2019
Gerald I count myself lucky to have had you as a friend.
We had a lot o good laughs,memorable moments.
I'll will always miss your mischievious big grin and your great
sense of humour.
22 January 2019
Gerald Matus was the Worshipful Master of Mt. Begbie Lodge, in 100 Mile House, during the 2002, -03 term.. I was his Snr. Deacon.. Gerald loved motorcycles, and was a great help for me, when I was getting my license at the time.. I am shocked to hear of his passing.. Far too young .. He was a really nice guy, with a big heart. . .. My sincere condolences to his family and friends..
20 January 2019
A great long time friend, you will be sadly missed Gerald but forever remembered for the good times and your ability to make me laugh and always telling it like it was.
19 January 2019
A true friend gone way too soon. I will miss you always Gerald, but you leave me with a ton of good memories. Rest in Peace my friend.
18 January 2019
Gerald because of your friendship I had a great childhood
16 January 2019
Going to miss you Gerald, I will never forget you.
15 January 2019
You were a brother in the true meaning of the word. Taken away from us too early. You're gone but will never be forgotten.
Rest in peace big brother.
14 January 2019
I am really going to miss you Uncle Gerald. I always enjoyed seeing you as I knew it was going be fun. One of my best memories was watching you and my dad struggle up a snowy hill after a long day of ice fishing.
There were so many more. Thank you for all the fun times.
13 January 2019
My thoughts are with your family at this difficult time.
12 January 2019
You will be forever missed and loved. I will never forget our New Year's Eve conversation. Enjoy your martini's - til we meet again.
11 January 2019
So long Gerald. You were not only my brother but a best friend.
I will miss you very much, and remember you always.