March 10, 1977 - September 30, 2013
It is with sorrow too deep to describe that we announce the death of Matthew "Max" Jonathon Bembridge. He leaves to remember and love him his wife, Michelle Wapple Bembridge, the love of his life, and his son, Brennon Wapple; mother, Lorna Hampton and "sort of dad" Ngubeni ka Nkophe; father Al Bembridge and Marilyn Major; brother, Martin and Michele and their children, Tyler (Zach, Jordan), Genesis and Trevor (Rhys), Rachel and Shae; sister, Holly and Johans and their son, Alexander; sister-in-law, Tanya and Jacob and their children, Olivia and Joshie; mother and father-in-law, Linda and Grant Wapple; tenacious Auntie Loli Wolfe; grandparents, Bill and Noreen Bembridge; and dozens and dozens of aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family. Matthew was predeceased by many beloved family members. Matthew was born in Saskatoon. Early on we could see we had a champion on our hands; champion climber - age 1 - top of piano; champion reader - age 4 - reading the newspaper; champion of others - age 7 - challenging playground bullies; champion singer - age 8 - covering Billy Joel; champion sportsman - all ages, all sports - especially football and fishing. Matthew loved to spend time at Emma Lake with Grandpa and Grandma Hampton, working in the shop and fishing with Grandpa. When Matthew and Michelle bought their cabin at Weyakwin Lake, it was to bring him close to nature and fishing and to provide a place for family to gather. Not much Matthew liked better than to be in a crowd of people that he loved. A born front man, Matthew entertained through music, laughter and humour. He sang in numerous bands and was the driving force behind the No-No's. His sense of family and community were at the forefront of everything he did. In 2006, he married Michelle and Brennon, making him the happiest guy on the planet. His family grew with the addition of pets - chinchillas, cats and dogs - and the best loved was Mattie Mo. Matthew had a passion for football that ranged from his love of the New Orleans Saints to being captain of the Bounty Hunters touch football team to being the Offensive Coordinator of his son's Kinsman Football League team the Steelers. One of his proudest moments was coaching the Steelers to win the provincial championship in 2010. Handsome, hard-working, loyal, smart, talented, funny, and always kind, Matthew Max Bembridge - hundreds of friends and family will always love you. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. Max's family wish to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Royal University Hospital 6100 and ICU for their compassionate care. The service to celebrate his life will be held on Monday, October 7th at 2:00 p.m. from Grace-Westminster United Church (Eastlake Avenue and 10th Street East) conducted by Rev. Daryl Woods. Arrangements in care of David Schurr - MOURNING GLORY FUNERAL SERVICES (306-978-5200)

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Mourning Glory Funeral Services
1201 8th Street East Saskatoon, SK S7H 0S5
(306) 978-5200

Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Oct. 3, 2013