2990 Church St., South Mountain, ON

Mathew W. Nelson January 8, 1983 - May 11, 2017

Cherished son of George and Marion and loved younger brother to Kate (Jerrod). Mathew is predeceased 15 years ago by his Dad who Mathew thought of and missed every day especially after becoming a Dad himself. McKenna brought giggles, singing and dancing as only a happy 2 year old can to a grown up’s complicated life. Mathew was his best when he was with McKenna and was so looking forward to experiencing the country life with her-walks and exploring with their dog Lex through the bush or running through a field of hay or simply playing in the dirt with a stone or stick. Kate and Granny will try to keep these dreams and make them a reality for McKenna and keep a memory of her Dad with her. Hopefully, she may remember her high, high airplane rides through the air. Mathew was fortunate to have many good friends, some who doubled up as cousins. The saying goes you can’t pick your family like you pick your friends, but not in this case. Mathew also had his work family with Michanie Construction where he worked for 10 years.

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All are welcomed to a Celebration of Mat’s Life which will be held at the Mountain Township Agricultural Hall, 2967 Lough Road, South Mountain on Thursday, May 18th from 6 to 8 p.m. Planning for an open mic at 7 p.m. for anyone wishing to say a few words or share a story. Casual with a light lunch. By family request donations may be made in memory of Mathew to CHEO. Arrangements entrusted to the Byers Funeral Home, South Mountain (613-989-3836). Marion, Kate, McKenna & Jerrod, the Nelson and Bryan Families. Online condolences may be made at


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    George & Arlene Bryan says

    Pud & Katy
    While the loss of a loved one is never easy, it is most certainly the hardest when they are taken from us too soon. The loss of Mathew who has left us at such a youthful age is definitely in the category of those hard losses for which there is so painful a reminder of what might have been.

    May the outpouring of sympathy, the kind acts of friends and strangers and the comfort in knowing that your loss is felt by many, help you through this difficult time.

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    Samantha U'Ren says

    Mathew was probably one of the best dads I have ever come to know. Not only did he fight for McKenna, but he cherished every single moment he had with her and loved her with all his heart. Mathew never took family for granted.
    I am wishing the entire Nelson family my condolences during this hard time. He will be greatly missed.

    Love, Samantha and the U’Ren family.

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    Colleen & Jack Weedmark says

    Sad to hear of mishap and a terrible loss to Marion and Katie and all the families.

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    Sue Handler says

    Mat, you will be missed by so many, all of our love Sue, Ken and Kennedy Handler.

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    Mary Perry says

    Marion and family….there are no words I can even think of saying as to tell you how I feel at this time. My deepest sorry goes out to you and Katie

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    John and Joy Ceelen says

    Marion, Katie and family,

    We are so sorry to hear of Matthew’s passing. Please accept our deepest sympathies. Last time we saw Matthew is when he was a young lad, full of life and looking like an miniature George. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you Hugs.

    John & Joy Ceelen

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    Kathleen Ray says

    To Mat’s Mother, Marion, sister, Kate, and daughter, McKenna:
    We are so sorry for the trajic loss of Mat. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


    Krista’s parents, Darcy and Kathleen Ray

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    Kathleen Ray says

    Along with Krista’s parents, Darcy and Kathleen, Krista’s brothers, Connor and Liam Ray, are shocked and deeply saddened over Mat’s death.

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    Brenda & David SImpson says

    Marion and Katy our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

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    Kenny Annett says

    I’m very sad to hear the passing of Mat!
    No words of condolence can make it easier to get tough this had time . Only time helps to settle.Mat was a good man. We all have are demons. But with a heart as big as his, treated everyone with respect ! He was more then a work calige, he was my FRIEND!

    I will miss you….

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    Mary Fawcett says

    My deepest sympathy to you Marion and your family.

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