Owen, Matthew

Owen, Matthew

January 13th, 2016

Unexpectedly, passed onto a new journey on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, in his 40th year. Beloved son of Pauline Owen. Loving brother of Brandon Owen, and his wife Jennifer. Deeply missed by many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Survived by his father Bradley Owen, and his wife Laurie. Matthew will be sadly missed by the Participation House community and organization. They supported Matthew and helped enrich his life through various activities; he enjoyed the many outings, and volunteering, as well as bowling, karate, baseball, golf, video games and card games. Visitation will be held on Friday from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, where the funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 12:00 noon, with visitation one hour prior. Cremation to follow. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Matthew are asked to consider the Participation House Foundation.

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Grace ForgetMy heartfelt condolences to Pauline, Brandon and Jennifer. Matt will always have my admiration for his outgoing personality, his love of conversation and his ability to live life to the fullest. I will never forget his enthusiastic enjoyment and undying faith in the scratch tickets that he loved to play. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered always. Grace
John and Lois OxleyOur condolences to Pauline, Brandon and Jennifer. The thing that we will always remember about Matt was his enthusiastic greeting that he had for us when we met at the various family functions. He was a happy go lucky guy who really enjoyed playing games, talking about what he had done lately and looking for that big winner on the scratch tickets. We will really miss him. Uncle John and Aunt Lois
Janice AllanMy heartfelt condolences go out to Aunt Pauline, Brandon and your family. I will surely miss the presence of a truly loveable and kind person. May fond memories of Matthew bring you comfort during this hard time. Cousin Janice
Cheryl HarrisOne word to describe Matt would be ENTHUSIASTIC. His great stories, his fantastic hugs, and his humor will be greatly missed. Matt was just one of those people that was easy to love unconditionally. Our condolences to Aunt Pauline, Brandon & Jennifer. Hub & Cheryl Harris & family
Kendra (Support Staff at PH)Praying for comfort and peace for the whole family. Matt was a happy, funny, enthusiastic man that I had the pleasure to work with. He always knew how to lighten the mood by breaking into song or saying a funny joke. He will be missed!
Rick Walker - Special Olympics LondonOur condolences go out to Matt's family from his Special Olympics family here in London. Matt was an enthusiastic athlete in no matter what sport he put his mind to be it with bocce, 10-pin bowling, golfing or softball. Matt truly enriched the lives of the volunteers and his fellow athletes with his laughter and outgoing personality.
Dina CraftsOur condolences go out to Matt's family and staff....We will all miss Matt at 10 pin bowling on Thursday nights..His laughter and always telling us about his casino adventures will be greatly missed. Matt had a zest for life and was always looking out for his fellow bowlers. And as his coach for 10+years I have gotten to get to know a great young man who always give me a high five or a hug when I was having a bad day...I'm soooooo going to miss those!!!! So Matt The Hat( his nick name at bowling because of his jokes) fly high buddy ....This isn't good bye it's a will see in the next life buddy..xo.RIP.
Lindsay SulineSorry for your loss
Bill & Joyce GuerinDear Brandon: Just read Matt's obituary in the London Paper this morning (Friday). Bill & I enjoyed Matt when he played ball on St. Andrew's United Church ball team. We miss you folks since you moved from Chatham to London, but from the condolences, we see Matt still enjoyed life We know you, your wife and mother will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless Joyce & Bill, Condolences from St. Andrew's United Church Ball Team
Danny MarchandSorry for your Loss of Matthew and yes I do remember seeing Matthew when I used to Go to Access program at CLL. And it was great and nice knowing him. And at the Special Olympics Sports Banquet and the Lesuire programs at CLL and the CLL Dances at Princess Elizabeth public School. Sorry again for your Loss RIP MATTHEW
Amanda McConnell - YMCA FriendMy condolences to Matt's family. I only knew Matt for about one year, but he had quite the zest for life! I would see him every Thursday morning at the YMCA downtown pool, with my client and fellow co-worker. He would always come in smiling, singing away and snapping his fingers. He walked around the pool deck doing an excellent job cleaning the windows, pool deck, straightening the life jackets, and testing the ceiling lift. He was always so happy and loved telling us about everything he was involved in and that he hated to sit around and always wanted to be busy! I looked forward to his presence every Thursday, he always lit up the room with that big, wonderful smile and contagious laugh! When everyone in the pool sang "Happy Birthday " to Matt this past November, he conducted us as we sang! He was always a laugh and couldn't wait to go swimming after he was done work. He was always excited about his adventures to the casino and would tell us how much he had won. He was so excited to go to Las Vegas for his 40th Birthday. He even told us of his engagement and invited us to his wedding! He will be sadly missed. It's just too quiet now at the pool on Thursday mornings. Thanks for making my day, Matt. You were taken too soon.
Kristofer Woods - L'ArcheHi Matthew, Thank you for welcoming me to PH in 2007! I can't believe it was that long ago. You were part of a small few who helped me to embark on a new and unexpected adventure. I will miss our here and there conversations and listening to your stories. We last spent some time together sitting on the couch in Kimberly watching some television. Thank you for the invitation to sit with you and to join you for some shared entertainment. In peace brother, Kristofer
AmberMatt was on my client's bowling team until he decided that he wanted to switch to the competitive league. He was such a joy and we looked forward to seeing him each week. Even after he left our team, he always made sure to say hello or goodbye, sometimes both, as he was walking by our lane. It was rare to see him without a smile. Matt will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Matt's family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time.
Phil JohnsonAunt Pauline,Brandon&family. Condolences are not enough to express the loss you must feel in losing such a good son and brother. I will always remember Matt because of his positive outlook on life it left a real impression on me. He never looked at his life as being limited in anyway but full of hope and possibilities. Matt and his great big smile will be missed. Phil J
Pat ForsterBrandon....I am so sorry to hear about Matt. I remember back, many years ago, the few times I met Matt, and what a great brother you were to him. This is a devastating time for your family, but I hope that you know that you made Matt's life special. I look at the messages above, and can't help but think that you and your mom were the ones who gave Matt his zest for life and his smiles. We are all thinking of you.
Nicole D'Avirro-Beattie (GM YMCA)My morning was always brighter when I was greeted by Matthews smile and his infectious laugh. On behalf of the entire downtown Y staff our deepest sympathies go out to your family. Matthew will be greatly missed by members and staff alike and will be remembered for his friendliness, enthusiasm and wonderful spunk! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great sadness and loss.
Marci Shea-PerryI have very happy memories of Matt when he attended Camp Trillium back in the '90s! He was always smiling and enjoying the camp experience. I am sure he will be truly missed.
Paul & Ann MartensOur sincere condolences to you and your family Pauline. You are in our prayers.
Don CoutureTo the Family of Matt Owen, Sorry to hear about the passing of Matt. I enjoyed the many years that Brandon and Matt played on the St. Andrew's baseball team with me. Matt always brought out the true Christian in all of us. So sorry, Don
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