Hrabarchuk, Metro (Matt)

Hrabarchuk: Matt, beloved husband of the late Florence, passed away peacefully in the Souris Health Centre on July 20, 2017 at the age of 87 years. Matt was born at Arran, Saskatchewan on November 5, 1929. After graduating from Grade 12, he moved to Brandon in July 1948. Matt worked at Breen Motors from July to October and then obtained employment at the Brandon Hospital for Mental Diseases in November 1948. During his tenure at the hospital he received his certificate in psychiatric nursing and also graduated as a male nurse. In November 1953 he started a new career at the Brandon Post Office which lasted 38 years. Matt married Florence Oertel in Minnedosa, Manitoba in 1963. Florence and Matt left Brandon, Manitoba for Lynn Lake in 1970 to be the Postmaster for what was to be a 2 year posting. They ended up staying for 12 and 1/2 years.  After that they arrived in Souris in October 1982.  He retired in December 1991. They made many long lasting friends in both communities.  Following retirement, Florence and Matt spent their winters in south Texas for numerous years, again adding to their collection of good friends.  A celebration of Florence and Matt’s 50th wedding anniversary took place in 2013 at the Souris & Glenwood Golf Club.

Matt is survived by his stepsons: Bob (Jacquie) Eamer-Maricopa, Arizona and Rick (Marilyn) Eamer-Brandon, Manitoba. Grandchildren: Krista (Joe) Shalala, Ryan Eamer, Melanie (Clayton) Corbey. Great grandchildren: Carter, Natalyn and Ethan. His sister Ann in Dauphin, Manitoba and several nieces and nephews. Matt was predeceased by his parents John and Nellie Hrabarchuk, 2 sisters, 2 brothers, stepson Ron Eamer and by his wife Florence of 52 years.

The family would like to thank Dr. David Cram, all the staff at the Souris Health Centre and the many friends and neighbours for their loving support of Matt and Florence.

Funeral service to celebrate Matt and Florence’s life will be held at Kowalchuk’s Funeral Chapel, Souris, Manitoba on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Matt, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

4 thoughts on “Hrabarchuk, Metro (Matt)”

  1. Our sympathy to the family matt was a great guy and always made u feel welcome

  2. Before children I golfed alot at the souris golf course, Matt was always there…with a big smile ….enjoying time with his friends. It was very evident his love for Florence…such a nice couple. Rest in peace

  3. I have known Matt since 1948 when he came to work at the Brandon Mental Hospital. I Had commenced work there in 1947, Matt and the Smith Brothers Smitty & Bud also Arnie Lyons and Bernie Lafrancois and a few others shared the bedrooms in “THE TOWER” Many fond memories,, sharing clothes, money sometimes too. lol. I believe Matt left to work at the Post Office in Brandon about the same time I left to join the RCAF.. We “touched base” occasionally over the years. In July 2016 I was in Brandon and phoned Matt, He was caring for his wife and unable to meet in Brandon. I phoned and left condolence message on his wife’s passing. GO and join the Bud, Smitty and Bernie and Arnie my friend, Sincere sympathy to Matt’s family.. . E.N “Junior” Davis Rimbey AB

  4. My deepest sympathies to all those who knew and loved Matt. I grew up in Lynn Lake and came to know Florence and Matt as a young girl. They were known to my sisters and I as Auntie Flo and Uncle Matt and they loved us like family. After leaving Lynn Lake we stayed in touch via letters and phone calls — never once losing contact. I last visited Flo and Matt in Souris shortly before Florence passed away, and continued to call Matt on a regular basis after her passing — as he missed her so deeply. I will always hold them close to my heart and will remember their smiles, laughs and generous, loving hearts.

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