Charles Matheson (Matt) Tatham
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TATHAM, Charles Matheson (Matt) - November 21, 1957 - September 12, 2009 Suddenly upon completion of the Wasaga Beach triathlon. Aged 51 years. Born in Woodstock, Ontario and a graduate of Woodstock Collegiate Institute, Matt worked in a bakery part time during high school, played football and went to the Ontario finals in wrestling. He graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in Food Science and started his career at Marks and Spencer with responsibility for cakes and cookies. He prospered over the next 25 years to become one of the most respected professionals in the bakery business in North America and was enjoying great success as Business Manager at Nealanders International Inc. Matt was a Masters World Champion triathlete who successfully defended his title in Copenhagen this year. He much enjoyed his running club, triathlons, trail running and cycling. Matt was an ardent gardener and horticultural society award winner, who grew his own hops to brew his own beer. His extensive world travels included two years on a bicycle in Europe and Asia, five months on a kibbutz in Israel, as well as trips to Iceland, India, Machu Picchu, and the Pacific Coast Trail. He also enjoyed an annual winter ski trip with his brothers that over the years covered most of the best ski destinations in western Canada. A skilled photographer, his other hobbies included audio recording, composing and performing his own music, stamp collecting, and making, flying and fighting kites. Matt lived each and every day to the fullest. His positive nature and upbeat attitude as a self described 'student of life' were truly inspirational to everyone who knew him. He is survived by his companion of 24 years, John LaRocque and his parents, Sid and Marnie Tatham of Woodstock. He will be sorely missed by his 5 siblings: Robin, Paul (Nancy), Bill (Janna), Mary Ellen Rennie (Dan), and Ian (Edie) as well as his 12 nieces and nephews. A service to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation on Friday, September 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. as well as 1 hour prior to the service at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, 416-489-8733. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the War Resisters Support Campaign ( ).

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Published in Toronto Star from Sep. 16 to Sep. 17, 2009.
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September 29, 2009
I was sorry to read of MATT's death in the paper. I knew Matt in the 1990's when I was publisher of the BAKERS JOURNAL, Matt was one of those truly professional people courteous and kind at all times. I retired in 1996. sadly we lost touch.I extend my condolences to his family and friends
Anna Spencer
September 26, 2009
Matt - although we never had the pleasure of knowing you - my daughter & BF (who had just completed the Sprint) & myself were only a few feet away after you crossed the finish line.(just prior to my hubby & son heading to the Tri a Tri) My deepest and heartfelt sympathies go out to your family & friends. Our family will not forget you - Sept 12th is our son's birthday.
Sheila Ward
September 18, 2009
I didn't know you, and being at the race as a volley, I wouldn't have dreamed of having to try to save a life. I caught you before you fell to the ground and tried desperately to revive you with the help of the paramedics.

You were one heck of and athlete from what i read, and were loved by many and will be missed.

My thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family and friends. May good bless.

September 18, 2009
Matt, I didn't know you, but I was at the finish line with my daughter cheering for the finishers and waiting for my husband. We saw you finish. We cheered really loud! My daughter and I then stood there praying for you. I was so, so sorry to hear the outcome. It was devastating. I really needed to put a name to you and now know how much you were loved and how much you will be missed.
Our thoughts are with you, your family and friends.
Margot LeBlanc
September 17, 2009
Matt, I will miss our conversations and contests on the kite field (even though you did win every each time we tangled). Thank you for the good times flying.
Doug Isherwood
September 16, 2009
Matt - We have lost a colleague and most of all a sincere Friend. I will miss my daily chat with you before I enter my office every morning. You are a true champion Matt and I guess God has other plans for you up above. I know you will want us to continue to work as a Team and this is our pledge to you. Miss you so much Matt!! Errol Byrde
Errol Byrde
September 16, 2009
Matt, truly you were a unique and wonderful person. We'll never forgot all those wonderful times together. Thank you for being our friend.
Clive and Ian (Bangkok, Thailand)
Ian Griffin
September 16, 2009
Matt lived his life to the fullest. He is an inspiration to all of us! Our sincerest sympathy and prayers are with his Mom, Dad, partner John, and his beloved family. With caring thoughts,
Vance, Karen, Trevor, Jamie & Jesse Wagdin,
Toronto, Ontario
September 16, 2009
Matt, I will miss your wit and humour. you always took the time to word play with me. I could always count on you to say hello and shake my hand.
William Jones
September 16, 2009
Matt - I will miss your cheery greetings in the mornings at Nealanders
Debbie Dubbeld
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