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Matthew Henry HAMER
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MATTHEW HENRY HAMER November 16, 1958 - March 25, 2021 Matthew Henry Hamer November 16, 1958 - March 25, 2021 It is with profound sadness and broken hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Matthew; husband, brother and uncle. Matthew will forever be remembered as the kindest, funniest and most generous soul. He had a huge heart and impacted all who knew him. Matthew was born in Kenora, Ontario and moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1967. He spent his childhood enjoying the NW Ontario life; skiing and exploring the wilderness at the family camp in Rossport, Ontario. A family ski trip to Banff, AB in 1976 initiated his lifelong passion for the Rocky Mountains. His career took him out west in 1981, where he worked in Fort McMurray. He moved further west when he started with an engineering firm, spending time in Nanaimo, Vancouver and Canmore. Matthew went on to pursue a highly successful 40+ year career in the oil and gas industry. Although he did not graduate from high school, his natural leadership skills and brilliant mind impressed his employers and he held vice president and management positions at several prestigious engineering firms. He was a passionate advocate for the oil and gas industry and throughout his career he took great satisfaction in mentoring many young professionals. Although his career achievements were truly impressive, he was proudest of his work with Rocky Mountain Adaptive, a charity dedicated to providing people with disabilities an opportunity to participate in mountain sports. Matthew was RMA's first volunteer and contributed countless days volunteering over the past 10 years, as a director as well as a ski instructor. In summer, he organized group hikes, coordinating young engineers with adaptive participants to challenge Rocky Mountain hikes like Ha Ling and Plain of Six Glaciers. He shared his passion for the mountains with many, many individuals living with disabilities. Eight years ago, Matthew re-connected with Suzanne Poohkay, a colleague from Matthew's secondment at UBC in the early 1990s. They fell madly in love and since then have been inseparable. Matthew was introduced to opera and Suzanne to watching fighter jets at Cold Lake. Although too short, their time together will forever be cherished. Matthew spent his free time hiking and skiing in the mountains or exploring the west coast. He also loved to travel and enjoyed some great adventures with Suzanne. He loved to read and could have earned multiple PhDs given his expertise in military history, the history of the Canadian railway and of the Rocky Mountains. Most importantly, Matthew loved to share stories and laughs with his family and close friends. Matthew leaves behind his loving wife, Suzanne Poohkay, sister Shelagh (Chris Wrazej - 'brother from another mother'), brothers Michael (Lorena) and Charles along with his nieces Jessica (Bob) Moody, Madeleine Wrazej, Linnea Wrazej and Ivy Hamer and his nephew Luke Hamer. He is pre-deceased by his father Jack, mother Lillian, brother Marc and sister Jan. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Rocky Mountain Adaptive (https://rockymountainadaptive.com/donate/).

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Apr. 3 to Apr. 7, 2021.
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April 12, 2021
Matt will always be remembered for his kindness, patience and desire to always learn. I will miss you my friend.
Stephen Roth
Friend
April 11, 2021
Matt always brought optimism and insight to situations. He was bright and articulate and always had time for people. We will miss you, Matt.
Darren Seleshanko
Friend
April 11, 2021
I was saddened to hear of Matt's passing. He was a friend for many years and a very special person who always had a smile. Although I never met Suzzane he always spoke of his love and happiness. The world lost a wonderful person and he will be well remembered.
Robin Penner
Friend
April 9, 2021
Sincerest condolences to the family. Matt Hamer was an inspiration. I will miss his vigilance to keep industry critics honest.
Carey Grier
Coworker
April 9, 2021
I am so sorry to hear this! You were such a kind person and a true gentleman Matt
My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Matt
Eva Leitinger
Coworker
April 8, 2021
Mathew was a inspirational leader in the energy industry. He was well respected at WorleyParsons and I’ve enjoyed his LinkedIn posts. He’ll be sincerely missed. My condolences to his family. May God rest his soul.
Neil McNeil
Coworker
April 8, 2021
A sincere loss for those that were blessed to know Matt. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends.
Blaine Collett
Coworker
April 6, 2021
I am deeply saddened to hear of Matt’s passing, and will miss him dearly. Matt and I met when we were paired as part of WorleyParsons’ mentorship program. I fondly remember the chats we had over the years, especially his affinity for using examples of military history as metaphor for strategy in business. I’m grateful for the time and wisdom he shared with me. Matt’s enthusiasm and zest for life was infectious. I enjoyed volunteering with him on a number of hikes with Rocky Mountain Adaptive, and was always in awe of his passion for the mountains and helping others. Rest peacefully my friend.
Barbara Ball
Coworker
April 6, 2021
Our heart breaks at the news of Matt’s passing and for Suzanne. The obituary is a moving tribute to an amazing man and friend. He elevated any meal, get together, event, or conversation. At the risk of repeating, Matt was engaging, oozed true empathy and respect, kind, fun, and funny, and a true pleasure to be around.

He is missed in so many ways and the world is a better place for him having been in it. We all so wish it would have been for longer and truly miss him and shall never forget him. The times spent with Matt and Matt and Suzanne have a special place with us and added to our lives in so many ways.

Thanks Dear Friend until we meet again.
Ken and Mariluz
Ken Hole
Friend
April 6, 2021
I was blessed to meet Matt Hamer and work with him during my time at WorleyParsons out at Vancouver. I always enjoyed interacting with him when I was at WP, and I have enjoyed his tireless advocacy, and realism, on behalf of the Canadian Energy industry since. He will be missed.
Lee Martin
Coworker
April 6, 2021
This is a great loss of a dear, caring man with a deep intellect. More importantly, this is a loss of a true friend. Matthew and I worked together, skied together and shared many great memories. A special memory is Matthew's joy and wonder of the beauty and serenity of a fly fishing float trip I was able to take him on on on the Bow River. RIP dear friend.
Mike Robertson
Friend
April 6, 2021
Matthew was a great friend, mentor and advisor. He will always be remembered for his kindness, compassion and zest for life. I will miss you Matt.
Stephen Roth
Friend
April 6, 2021
I enjoyed everyday I worked with Matt. He truly was a gentleman and will be missed by everyone that knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with Suzanne and family
Doris Gilmet
Coworker
April 5, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Randy And Anne Karren
Friend
April 5, 2021
I am deeply saddened to learn the news of Mathew's passing. We met as we both closed a deal with Shell on the LNG Canada project and when he was in Calgary we connected regularly. He was such a wonderful person and always extremely interested in everyone he met. The world has lost a wonderful soul. My deepest sympathies.
storm purdy
Friend
April 4, 2021
Matthew, you are a great person and you will truly be missed on this side.
Cedric Nicholson
Coworker
April 4, 2021
My cousin Matthew had a zest for life that was truly inspiring. He was charitable and ambitious. He saw opportunities to find joy and appreciation in so many moments of life and consistently shared them with us all - lifting our spirits and inviting us to enjoy them with him. We will miss all he did to enrich the lives of so many, but our memories of his way of being will motivate us to pick up his torch and carry it on.

My thoughts are with all who are missing him, but especially with his wife, Suzanne. You were so fortunate to have found each other and I hope that the many fond memories of your time together will continue to bring you comfort.
Andrea Morison
Family
April 4, 2021
Matthew was a rare individual. Bright, inquisitive, and giving. I knew Matthew from his days in the EPC world, and his work with Rocky Mountain Adaptive. He always impressed me with his analytical view of the world’s challenges, and his thoughtful focus on solutions. May his family rest knowing that he made a difference in this world.

Jeff Roberts
Canmore, AB.
Jeff Roberts
Friend
April 3, 2021
I never got the chance to meet Matt in person, but we became fast friends (along with being cousins) on Facebook. We chatted many times about the possibility of meeting when the border reopens, but now I will have to wait to see him in Heaven, for that is surely where he went. He gave so much to others! To his lovely wife and the rest of the family, the Hoffman clan in New Mexico send our deepest sympathy and our prayers for some measure of comfort and peace. My heart is broken with this news.
Wendy Hoffman
Family
April 3, 2021
To the family of Matt,

We are so sorry to hear of this unexpected loss and we are sending our sincerest condolences to you all today.

Chris met Matt at Fluor engineering in the "good ol’ days” and like so many who met Matt, they became fast friends. Time and circumstances meant that our families grew apart but we have great memories of skiing with Matt and he was a godfather to our children.

He’ll remain a special person to our family always.

With love,

Chris, Charlotte, Alex and Seb
Chris & Charlotte
Friend
April 3, 2021
Matt brought passion and fun to the workplace. I had the pleasure to work with Matt on a few successful EPC bids.
Thoughts are with the family..
RIP Matt
Dave Legault
Coworker
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