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Samuel James Matchem October 1, 1948 - May 5, 2020

MATCHEM, Samuel James – Passed peacefully away at the Dr. G. B. Cross Memorial Hospital, Clarenville, NL on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Samuel Matchem of Lethbridge, NL aged 71 years. Predeceased by his daughter Laurie; parents Edward and Nina.  Left with fond and loving memories are his wife Doreen of 48 years; granddaughter Samantha; son in law Kevin; sister Emmie (Reg) and a large circle of family and friends.  Resting at Fewer’s Funeral Home, Lethbridge.  Due to COVID-19 there will be a private family viewing followed by a private family committal at the Anglican Cemetery, Lethbridge.

Due to COVID-19 there will be a private family viewing followed by a private family committal at the Anglican Cemetery, Lethbridge.


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    Dean Penney says

    Just want to say my thoughts and prayers are with your family in this difficult time .

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    Faye & Harold Ploughman says

    So sorry to hear of Sam’s passing.Our thoughts & prayers are with you Doreen n family at this sad time

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    Albert and Linda waye says

    We are so sorry to hear of Sam’s passing.our thoughts and prayers are with u all at this time of sorrow.

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    Betty murphy says

    So very sorry for your loss my condolences to his wife and family .he was a very nice man indeed .

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    Bernice Drodge says

    So very sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers are with you

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    Ann Lundrigan says

    I am so sad to hear this! I have such fond memories of Sam from my days at Heritage Collegiate. Thinking of you all at this sad time.

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    Lynda williams says

    I was so sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. Sam and Doreen were such pleasant visitors to the cafeteria in Woolworth and woolco days. It sure was a pleasure to serve them . He is with Laurie now with a big smile on his face. Take care Doreen hugs to you and yours at this very sad time.

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    Muriel Green says

    Heartfelt sympathy to Doreen,Samantha and Kevin.i know you have many wonderful memories to treasure in your heart. RIP Sam

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    Daphne says

    So sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. He was such a funny, kindhearted man, was such a respected man in his community, and touched many more communities..RIP

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    Eugene & Kay Stead says

    Our condolences to all the family. So sorry for your loss.

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    Karen and Ron Traverse says

    Doreen and family our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sam always had such a nice smile for everyone. We are saddened to know of his passing.

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    Jack. Carpenter says

    Sorry to here of sam’s passing , stay strong and think of the good times.

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    Gloria (Keats) & Kirk Squires says

    Our sincere condolences to Sam’s family and friends. He was such a fun gentle man who will be missed by everyone in his community.

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    Rowena Drodge says

    I Am Heartbroken to heat this sad news today
    Mr Matchem you were a great guy to have know
    You Always made me laugh when we ran into each other You’d Always Call me Row
    Love & Prayers To Doreen , Kevin , Mr & Mrs Blundon, ,Peggy & Family
    Love You All ❤️

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    Gail Burry says

    So sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. Anytime I spoke with him he always had a smile on his face and loved to tell stories. Please accept my condolences. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Lisa Chaffey says

    Sending deepest condolences to the family. Sam will always be remembered as a sweet, friendly man who loved a laugh.

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    April says

    So sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. He was such a friendly man. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

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    Shawn Chatman says

    Sam called me last night and was first time we talked in about a year ! Had a fine chat with him. I never expected this.

    My Condolences to family ! He certainly will be missed.

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    Pat Samson says

    Doreen & all other Family Members, sending sincere condolences on the sudden passing of Sam. Some great memories & laughs from our few years in Lethbridge. Thoughts & prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Pat & Ron Samson

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    Wilf Holloway says

    Sorry to hear of Sams passing. Sincere sympathy to The family. Lots of fond memories of Sam while I was growing up.
    Wilf Holloway (Hanuel’s)

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    Brenda Pye says

    Aunt Doreen, Samantha, Kevin ,
    Uncle Sam is a one of a kind man that from Facebook , on the phone or in person you never knew what he was going to say, even if it was true or not. He’s a man that will be missed by sooo many people, he had that reputation that , who could not laugh and joke around with. We love you and pray that god gives you all the strength to help get by. RIP uncle Sam!
    Love from Brenda, Ted and family

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    Audrey & Darrell Holloway says

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sam was a wonderful man, always making everyone laugh, but also always asked how everyone else was doing. He had a very kind heart and will be missed by all. RIP Sam.

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    Marina & Les Fry says

    Doreen, Samantha, Kevin, Peggy, Reg& Emmie and Family. So saddened to hear of Sam’s passing. He will always be remembered by us as a caring, thoughtful and funny character. Even when he lost Laurie he kept up a ‘front’ to keep everyone’s spirits up! Keep your memories close and take comfort in knowing he is tormenting Laurie now. Take care💔

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    Ida & Graham says

    I was so saddened to hear of Sam’s passing. We grew up together and he always made me laugh. I will certainly miss him. RIP.

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    Boyd and Marilyn says

    Condolences to the family. God Bless you all.

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    Patsy (Ellis) Budgell says

    So sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of Sam when I was a kid in NFLD. He would come to our house for Dad to cut his hair. He was a wonderful man.

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    Hazel Harris says

    So sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. He will be forever missed. Love and condolences to Doreen, Samantha, Kevin and the rest of the family,

    Terry and Hazel Harris

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    Karen and Bob Hopkins says

    Doreen, Bob and I were so sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. We always enjoyed our campfires and laughter we shared with him and his family. Doreen and all the family, there are no words we can say to ease the pain you are feeling but please know we are thinking of you. You are all in our thoughts and hearts.

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    Maggie Pitts says

    Sam was a wonderful man who always had a smile and a joke. He was loved by so many. My condolences to Doreen and the family at this time.

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    Karen Garland says

    My deepest sympathy to the family.
    I have fond memories of Sam growing up in Lethbridge and later years when coming home to visit Mom and Dad..
    Rest In Peace Sam!
    Love and prayers!
    Karen and Greg Garland
    Sterling Osmond daughter.

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    Sharon Ellis says

    I was so sorry to hear the news of Sam’s passing. He was such a kind and friendly man. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him, especially as a bus driver for Anthony Paddon Elementary. My sincere condolences to his wife, family and friends.

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    Craig and Denise Penney says

    Sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    Tracey Russell says

    There are no other words than truly heartbroken to hear of Sam’s passing. I’ve known Sam since I was probably 5 yrs old, and every time we’d see him, he’d have silly comments or stories, half of which you never knew were true or not! And his smile….ALWAYS a smile! There will never be another kind hearted soul as his. Your visits to the campsite will be cherished forever and missed deeply. Hugs to you Doreen & family.

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    Robert C. oldford says

    Sincere Sympathy to Doreen and family. We were very sorry to hear of Sam”s Passing.
    Please be assured that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    May the blessing of faith and the spirit of hope provide guidance through this time of your loss.

    Rev. Bob and Fannie Oldford

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    Joan Bull says

    So sorry to hear of Sams passing.My condolence to all his family.RIP

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    Kevin and Donna Walters says

    Doreen, Kevin and Samantha, Donna and I are sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. He was certainly a good camping buddy in all the years camping at the park and was always up for a yarn when we met. Much love, thoughts and prayers are coming your way as you navigate through this

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    Wade & Marina says

    We are so sorry to hear of Sam’s sudden passing. Our condolences to the family.

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    Clarence and Florence Humby says

    So sorry to hear of Sam’s passing,our condolences to Doreen and family

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    Dennis and Amy Vardy says

    We were so saddened to hear of Sams passing. Sending our heartfelt condolences to you all at this very difficult time.

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    Trudy King (Holloway) says

    So sad to hear this news. Sam was one of the best. May he rest in peace and continue his antics in heaven. Condolences to the family.

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