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On June 22, 2022, Matthew Garbelya passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at the age of 67 in Kelowna, BC.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 44 years Donna; his children Micah (Crystal), Sarah (Kevin), and Daniel (Samantha); grandchildren Owen, Kailen, Theo, and Ethan; his siblings Ivan, Dolly, and Sheila; parents-in-law Don and Marie Iveson; brothers and sisters-in-law; Andi, Chuck, Darcy, Debbie, Diane, Grant, Rich and Steve; and very dear friends Beth, Richard, Jim, and Debbie.  Matthew was predeceased by his parents Gertrude and Matthew.

Matt was born in Prince Rupert, BC in 1955.  In 1975 he met Donna, the love of his life.  They were married in 1978 and had a wonderful life together.  In 1981 they had a son Micah.  Daughter Sarah was born in 1984, and son Daniel in 1987. The family moved to Kelowna in 1989.

Matt was so proud of his family, he was such a loving husband, father, and Papa.  Matt loved to meet his friends for coffee and had many tales to tell.  He loved to travel, golf, and have a good meal and a beer with friends.  He liked to keep fit and was frequently at the gym. Matt coached with Rutland Minor Baseball from 1992 – 2005.

He worked for School District 23 from 1990 – 2020.  He always had a good work ethic and a helping hand to offer to friends.

Matt died surrounded by his family that he loved so much.  He fought hard to try to beat cancer but it wasn’t possible.  His only regret was that he didn’t have enough time to watch his grandchildren grow up and to do the wonderful things he had planned to do in retirement.

The family wishes to have a private gathering at a later date.

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