It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Matthias Hanemaayer on Wednesday, October 11th, 2023, at the age of 66 due to cancer.

Matt immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands at the age of six, and he spent his formative years growing up in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. As an adult, he made the community of Fort McMurray his home for nearly four decades.

In 1981, Matt embarked on a lifelong partnership when he married his beloved Emmy. Together, they nurtured a family of eight children.

Matt spent most of his working life at Suncor Energy, transitioning from a heavy equipment operator to a respected supervisor. On his days off, Matt’s presence at the local Tim Hortons was a familiar sight, where he savored the simple joys of a comforting cup of coffee and good conversation with friends and whomever he would meet there. When the warm summer months arrived, Matt’s was drawn to the serene beauty of Green Lake, British Columbia. This idyllic setting provided the backdrop for countless cherished moments spent with his siblings and extended family, creating lasting memories.

Beyond his family and work, Matt was an active member of the local church communities in both Fort McMurray and Kamloops. His faith served as a guiding light in all that he did.

Matt was predeceased by his parents Petronella and Nico Hanemaayer of Clinton, BC and his oldest brother Nico Hanemaayer of Waarder, Netherlands.

Matt’s family is grateful for the outstanding level of care provided to him during his last month by the Kamloops Palliative Care team.Matt will be buried at the Kings Lake Cemetery, outside of Clinton, BC once arrangements have been made. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Matt’s honour to the Mustard Seed Street Ministry, 181 Victoria St W, Kamloops, BC V2C 5L7, Telephone +1 877-731-7333,

A Funeral Service will be held at Motion Church at 1099 Fraser Street on Monday, October 16, 2023 at 10:00am with Pastor Joe Koziol Officiating.

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16 Tributes

  1. Heather and John
    Posted October 12, 2023 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Our sympathy on Matt’s passing. He truly has gone to a better place and left behind a wonderful legacy of family.

  2. Sheila Ivany
    Posted October 12, 2023 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    My condolences. I have such fond memories of Matt. I’m sure he in heaven with Gerard and stirring up trouble! RIP Matt

  3. Doug Nish
    Posted October 12, 2023 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Emmy, Karen and I are saddened by the news of Matt’s passing. We send our love and condolences and prayers to you and your family.

  4. Dee
    Posted October 12, 2023 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    May you all find comfort in the love and memories you shared. Hugs & Prayers, Dee & Jeff Bentley

  5. Neil Plante
    Posted October 12, 2023 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    You will be missed but never forgotten my friend, rest in peace.

  6. Trudy Griffioen
    Posted October 12, 2023 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    I want to express my sincere condolences to the entire Hanemaayer family. May you all be comforted at this time of loss. How wonderful to know that he is with the Lord, and that he is no longer suffering. Even as you grieve, may you experience the joy that this knowledge brings.

  7. Margaret Plante
    Posted October 13, 2023 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    May you rest in peace, my condolences to the family

  8. Ton en Truus Koonen
    Posted October 13, 2023 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Best family.
    Matt is very special to us. Caring and loving to his family. As a husband and as a father. Involved and helpful to everyone. Many good memories come to mind these days. Built the fence of the garden together with Dad, great tour with us through the Rocky’s. All those moments together for coffee and evenings of schmiering. How good that these memories were made. They now bring a smile to your face. Enjoy this for a long time and Matt will live on. We will never forget him. We love you!

  9. Joe & Diane Champion
    Posted October 14, 2023 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    To Emmy and the entire Hanemaayer family. So sorry to hear of Matthew’s passing. From Diane and I we would like to leave our condolences to all. May God grant you peace as you remember the times spent, and comfort knowing that he is with His heavenly father. As you grieve may you find comfort in family. Joe and Diane Champion Goose Bay Labrador.

  10. Eduard Aarts
    Posted October 14, 2023 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Via Emmy van tante Mieke, ontvingen wij jouw droevige bericht dat Matt is overleden. Ik heb meteen mijn broers en schoonzussen geinformeerd. Frans en Mary willen graag zelf reageren. Gijs en Miriam zitten in Spanje. Zij hebben mij gevraagd namens hen te reageren.
    Allereerst ons diepe medeleven met het overlijden van Matt. Dat zal pijn doen. Wij hebben altijd gevonden dat jullie tweeën een mooi gezin en bestaan in Canada hebben opgebouwd.
    Nou is jouw maatje er niet meer. Heel veel sterkte, ook aan je kinderen en kleinkinderen.
    Ik denk zeker dat jouw fijne vent in Gods handen is. We zullen een kaars voor hem en jullie opsteken.
    Ik bel je over een tijdje.
    Gijs, Meriam, Ine en Eduard

  11. Ada Peats
    Posted October 14, 2023 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Love and prayers go out to you.
    We have fond memories.
    God bless and comfort you and your family. Love ❤️

  12. Frans en Mary Aarts
    Posted October 14, 2023 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Hoi Emmy,
    Wat een droevig bericht dat Matt het aardse leven heeft verlaten. Jammer dat we niet persoonlijk afscheid kunnen nemen en je sterkte kunnen toewensen. Moge de herinneringen aan Matt jullie blijvend kracht geven.

  13. Tammy McMillan
    Posted October 15, 2023 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    Emmy my heart goes out to you right now! I always loved Matt’s smile and his gentle way. I pray God wraps his arms around you right now and you eventually find comfort in knowing he is where we all want to be!! Sending you my love and hugs

  14. Kristen Budd
    Posted October 15, 2023 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Dear Emmy
    Jim and I are so sorry to hear of your loss.
    Sending hugs and prayers. Jim and Kristen Budd

  15. Mark and Jamie Wilk
    Posted October 16, 2023 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Dear Emmie. Mark and I are so sorry to hear of Matt’s passing and send our condolences to you and family.What a great pic and tribute to him. He has passed the torch of a great legacy to each one to make him proud. We are covering you all with love and prayers as you walk through this season. Sending lots of love and hugs to you

  16. Chris Montoya
    Posted October 17, 2023 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    To live is Christ… to die is gain. We send our love and support during this time. Our prayers are with your family.

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