Gerald Emanuel Matus

7 August , 19568 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

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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Mark Harris

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.

Cooke Stan

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.

mel ball

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.

John Tauber

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..

Bill Cooke

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.

Steve Gibbs

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.

Stuart Brisco

18 January 2019

Gerald because of your friendship I had a great childhood

Chris Murray

16 January 2019

Going to miss you Gerald, I will never forget you.

Gina Matus

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.