Matt Cormier Obituary, Death – We announce the death of our precious Matthew with heavy hearts and deep, wordless anguish. Our hearts are forever devastated, and we will never be the same without his sparkling grin. In August 2021, Matthew Mark Cormier, 39, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He fought tirelessly, never gave up hope, and left no stone untouched in terms of medical possibilities. He was a fighter and a hero. On Monday, October 3rd, he died quietly in his sleep at Hospice Simcoe, surrounded by his family and close friends.
Matthew is survived by his wife, Caitlin, and their two lovely children, Ruby and Griffin; his parents, Sharon and Rick; his sister, Kara (Jeff); and four beloved nephews, Ethan, Max, Finn, and Ben. Mark, his brother, died before him. He abandons his rock, Eric, his sibling from another mother. Matthew will be deeply missed by his “boys,” whom he cherished as if they were family: his vast network of childhood, college, and professional acquaintances.
He adored his relatives and relished every memory he shared with them. Matthew has several aunts and uncles who adored him and already miss him. His extended family, the Kowchs, adored him, and he had a unique rapport with his Aunt Gloria. He remembers summer cottage fun and Ukrainian Christmas’ fondly. Matthew was proud to be a member of the Fleming family, which included Jenny, Sandy, Jacquelin, and Nick.
Matthew will be remembered as a kind, humble, sincere, and sensitive individual. He never criticized or complained. He lived his life in vivid color, laughing and loving freely. He was a talented musician who could sing, play guitar, and compose music. He was a painter, and his works were one-of-a-kind—beautifully original, vivacious, and brilliant, and inspired by his life. Matt was intelligent, clever, and funny, and he had an infectious smile that we will remember for the rest of our lives. He was a huge sports fan. He loved golf, football, baseball, and, of course, hockey—GO LEAFS! He was an exceptional athlete with the ability to dangle, deke, and skate faster than anyone else.
He grew up with the Valley East Rebels and the NOHA’s Capreol Hawks. Matthew earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from St. Charles College and Georgian College as a young adult. He began his job with Hydro One following graduation and was a Distribution Lines Work Project Manager at the time of his death, overseeing and coordinating monetary and material assets with new and current equipment on the Hydro One grid. Matthew gave it everything he had, as he had with everything else in his life, and was delighted with the outcome.
Many family members and friends have expressed gratitude for Matt’s contributions to their lives. His lovely soul and compassion touched, influenced, and forever transformed all of us. Matt expressed gratitude for the possibilities he had for life, travel, and love throughout his sickness. He had no regrets and treasured every moment he spent with his family, friends, and, most importantly, his lovely children. His greatest joy in life was being a father to Ruby and Griffin. He will always be their hero, and he is now their guardian angel.