Matthew Lorne Thurber

2 octubre , 199918 julio , 2021

Matthew Lorne Thurber 21 years old. Born Oct 2, 1999 - July 18, 2021. Born to Laurie Ann & Clifton There are no words to describe the loss of our son, grandson, brother, uncle. Matthew was the most caring, loving, giving soul and touched so many lives. A hero in his own right, he saved the life of a man he did not know, stepping up while others watched. Matthew spent many summers at J.C.P., first as a camper, then CIT and as a counsellor, where he enjoyed every minute of the time he spent with his campers. He also enjoyed 4H, where he took his puppy Lexi for obedience training, and competed. Matthew was very athletic growing up, playing baseball pitching with Digby Area Minor Baseball League, with his fellow players, his amazing coaches and especially with his lifelong sidekick, best friend and brother Dawson as his catcher. Besides baseball, he played in a variety of sports, including basketball that he loved, track and field acquiring provincials for his famous discus & shotput throws and badminton during the winter months.

After graduating high school in 2018, Matthew attend the welding course at NSCC Burridge campus for a year, and then transferred to NSCC Akerley campus for his second year. Although he was unable to finish because of an injury, he had intended to return when in person classes resumed. Until then, he started lobster fishing and then got the bug and had decided to continue. During summers he whale watched beside his mom as a guide for Petit Passage Whale Watch. He was very good at what he did. His huge personality was a hit with his passengers, co-workers and he made us all very proud in everything he did and accomplished. Matthew was known as his little brother’s biggest defender, confidant and we are sure he will continue to be. He was a best friend to many, who we are sure will miss him. He touched many lives with his amazing personality and big smile. He was the most caring, loving, kindhearted individual who would do anything for anyone.

He will be profoundly missed by his mother Laurie & dad Clifton “Tony”; best friend & brother Dawson; brothers, Bryan (Lindsey) of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Thor (Cecilia) of Freeport and Bridgetown, Trent (Sabrina) of Waterford, Tony (Gena) of Halifax; sister, Tess (Romeyn) of New Ross and Iqaluit; grandfather, Clifton Thurber Sr. of Freeport; grandmother, Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Trask of Hampton, NB; his puppies Lexi and Bailee, uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews who will miss him immensely. He was predeceased by his grandfather, Gary Lorne Trask, whom he was named after; maternal great grandmother, Norma Louise Trask; great grandfather, Cecil Fredrick Trask and paternal grandmother, Marline Florence Thurber.

Donations in Matthew’s memory can be made to Islands Food Bank, Islands Consolidated School, Johnston Christian Park, (mail to: Pat Howell, 31 Donald Ave., Amherst, N.S. B4H 4A6, cheques should be made out to Johnston Christian Park), Digby Area Minor Baseball Association, SPCA/Friends of Ferals (please visit, or a charity of your choice. Cremation has taken place under the care of Jayne’s Funeral Home, Digby. A graveside service will be held 2pm, Wednesday July 28 at Hilltop Cemetery, Freeport. Pastor Craig Glavin officiating with reception to follow at the Freeport Fire Hall.

May your amazing soul continue to comfort those who loved you, rest easy Baby Bear. We love you more than words can say. Till we meet again.


  • Graveside Service

    miércoles, 28 julio , 2021


Matthew Lorne Thurber


Linda and Ron Moakler

29 julio , 2021

Beth, Laurie and all of Matthew's family

We were saddened to learn about the passing of your beloved Matthew. It appears that he was an awesome young man. My your memories help by making your sunshine brighter as time goes on. Know that you are in our thoughts.

Sincere condolences

Linda and Ron
Beaver Bank NS

Laura, Jordan, Owen and Wyatt O'Brien

28 julio , 2021

We are so sorry for your loss. We met Matthew at Sabrina and Trent's wedding, and although our conversation with him was very brief, we both remember how sweet and nice he was. We saw him later with someone we knew right away must be Dawson, as it was obvious from one look that they were the best of friends. Just seeing them was enough to make anyone smile, as they were having such a great time together.

That memory is clear as day for us, despite only meeting him once. From the stories and memories shared here, it is clear he made a memorable impression on everyone he met, and brought joy and happiness to many people's lives.

Sally Tinker

28 julio , 2021

Dear Tony, Laurie and family,
We are so very sorry for the loss of your son. We hope that you can find comfort in the memories and celebration of his life. Please know that our thoughts are with you at this very difficult and painful time. Our sincerest sympathy.
Sally and Rudy Tinker

Lindsay and Heather Prime

28 julio , 2021

Dear Tony, Laurie, and family,
What can we say. There are no words that anyone can say, that will take the pain and hurt you are all feeling at this difficult time. Matthew’s smile was so “there”, it seemed, all the time. Such a nice guy he was.
Hold on to your memories as they will help get you through each day. Take care in knowing you are in our thoughts and prayers🙏❣️

Ryan & Pamela Black

28 julio , 2021

We’re very sorry about Matthew and have been thinking of your family every day. Although we didn’t know him well, he clearly left an uplifting impact with everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. May the happy stories and cherished memories of him carry you through this time.

Arron & Nicole Titus

27 julio , 2021

Tony, Laurie and Family
Matthew was one of a kind! I always enjoyed Laurie taking him on the Island Link when I was Captain. He would stand beside me at the wheel and we'd talk & laugh from the time he stepped on the boat until we tied up. Always engaging with the passengers and helping however he could. He sure loved the water! Everytime I would see him there was always a wave and a bigger smile or a quick conversation. Probably the most genuine person I have ever met and he will be missed by all the people's lives that he has touched. Our hearts along with the communities hurt with you!

Hattie May Allbright

27 julio , 2021

I didnt know him but read about him and from that I see he was and awesome boy I know his mom and dad grandfather brothers sister my our condolences to the family of Matthew and his friends remember the good times God be with you all at this sad time

Tena Howard

27 julio , 2021

We send our deepest condolences to Matthews family and friends. My daughter remembers seeing Matthew around DRHS and said that she never saw him without a smile. Although I did not know him, I know that this is heartbreaking and we send much love to all of you. Tena, Jenna and Gloria ( who had asked me to be sure to send his family her sympathies). ❤️❤️❤️

James and Veronica MacEachern

27 julio , 2021

Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to all Matthews family. We are thinking of all of you at this difficult time and pray that you will all find the strength and comfort in memories to guide you through the days ahead. A beautiful young man gone far to soon.

Love Veronica and James MacEachern

Lori & Frank Gillis Jr.

27 julio , 2021

"Our deepest sympathies and deepest condolences."
Although true, the expressions seem so...… hollow and in adequate.
There doesn't seem to be the words that would, that could, ever do justice to, or to fittingly and fully convey our sentiments.
We can not begin to imagine the depth of your grief.
We can only empathize with your pain and with your great loss.
Please know that you are in our thoughts and in our prayers.