MacKinlay, Matthew Thomas Andrew

MacKinlay, Matthew Thomas Andrew

July 12th, 2020

Surrounded by his loving family, Matthew Thomas Andrew MacKinlay passed away peacefully in his mother’s arms on Sunday, July 12th, 2020 at the Children’s Hospital - London Health Sciences Centre. He was born on July 7th, 2020 at 10:59 a.m., weighing 6 pounds 8 ounces, was 21 inches long, and fought hard until his passing. Matthew experienced holding hands with his Mommy and Daddy, hugs and kisses from his family, listening as his Mommy and Daddy sang him songs, and being told “I love you” an uncountable amount of times. Matthew suffered from a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, a rare condition that does not allow lungs to develop properly in utero. He made his parents very proud with his strength and courage. 

Matthew leaves behind his loving parents, Duncan and Jennifer MacKinlay (Garbett); grandparents, Thomas and Becky MacKinlay, Andrew and Kimberly Garbett; nephew of Laura and Chad Mahovlich, Jaime Garbett; cousin of Ana and Klara Mahovlich. 

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Soume Bhattacharya, Nurse Kim, and the rest of the staff of LHSC - NICU for their compassion and care. A private Celebration of Life will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London. The family will honour Matthew’s life by raising awareness for infants born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. In lieu of flowers, the family would be honoured to have you support the Children’s Health Foundation - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as they were our family during Matthew’s short time on this earth. Upon clicking the link, please click on the “other” box, and input “Children’s Health Foundation - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit”.

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Book of Condolences

The Doughty FamilyWe are so sorry for Matthew's tragic loss and your pain. He fought so bravely and your love was felt by him. Matthew made the world a better place in his time with you Jenn and Dunc. We are heartbroken for you all. All our love. Sue, Kevin, Cally and Mitchell.
Lisa MartinI am so sorry to learn of Matthew's passing. My heart is broken for you. May you be surrounded by love and peace at this difficult time. Much love to you and your family. Lisa Martin
The Humphrey FamilyDearest Jennifer, Duncan and family, We were so very sorry and deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your precious baby boy, Matthew. Our hearts go out to you in this time of sorrow and you will all continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you much love and peace, Jill Humphrey and family.
Rob & Wendi MacKinlayMatthew, We were praying hard for you but God needed you upstairs with him. You fought hard and we are proud of you. So happy that you were able to be with your mom & dad as well as your grandparents. I am sure that you felt lots of love. Sincerely, Aunt Wendi and Uncle Rob
Krista ZhaoIt is with a heavy heart that I received your news of your baby boy’s passing. I offer you my heartfelt condolences, my loving friendship and support. Know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers as you move slowly toward better days. There are not enough words to wash away the pain, but I hope you will find some solace in the thoughts and caring wishes that will help sustain you and your family in your time of need.
Lauralee Bushan-jazeyDuncan and Jennifer, my heart aches for you two. I truly wish you the strength and courage to grow stronger together. This little man will forever be in your hearts and always watching mommy and daddy from above. Deepest sympathies. Lauralee
The Cunningham FamilyJennifer, we are absolutely heartbroken to hear of your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and that we are sending positive energy your way. Stay strong! -Jesse & family.
Carrie McGregorJennifer & family, I know that words ring hollow right now, but I just wanted you to know that I’m thinking about you, and I’m so very sorry. Sending you strength and love.
Lisa WeberDearest Duncan & Jenn, Im so very sorry to hear of this, my thoughts are with you both, may you find strength in each other and the love & support from your families, friends all of us thinking of you both and everyone hurting for you right now
Laurie and Tom IntvenWe are so sorry to hear the sad news of your new son's passing. Only time will heal your hearts. We hope you find the strength to carry on in each other and from your family and friends. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during your most difficult time.
Carol andrewI’m so sorry to hear this very sad news. Sending my heartfelt sympathies your way.
Janet MacFarlaneDuncan and Jennifer, my heart breaks for you as I heard of this devastating news. No words can express how sorry I feel as I understand your grief. Matthew will always be with you. Sending you love and support.
Diane PerkinsWe are so very sorry to hear this very sad news, no words can express the sadness we feel for your family and wish that we could find some words or action to make it a little less painful but I guess only time and the amount of love you had for little Mathew Thomas in that short time will heal your pain..please know that we are thinking of you and your family and send love , hugs and prayers..
Selena Horrell & familyDuncan and Jennifer, I cannot begin to imagine the sorrow and heartbreak you are feeling around Matthew’s passing. Know that you are loved and supported, now and in the days ahead. I hope that you are surrounded by love and support, and that you are able to find some peace during this difficult time. We will be holding you in our prayers. Selena and family
Mark and Astrid BowlbyDuncan and Jenn, Matthew's time on earth may have been short, but he will change the world forever in his own little way. Please know that you are in our thoughts and our hearts. Sincere condolences, Mark and Astrid
Janet, Ryan, Grayson and Easten CraigJenn and Duncan, There are no words to express how sorry we are that Matthew had to leave your loving and amazing family so soon after his much anticipated birth. His time with you was much too brief but he will always be remembered by your family and those who love you. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Much love, Janet, Ryan, Grayson and Easten
Becky YoungDear Jenn and Duncan, I am so sorry to hear about Matthew's passing. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Sending love and prayers your way:) Becky Young
Arlene MaharajDear Jenn and Duncan, I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure you will treasure the time you spent with Matthew. Please know that I am thinking of you and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Mike, Cammy and Lucian We are so heart broken and sorry everyone. Totally at a loss for words, we love you all.
Laureen McKayJenn and Duncan, there are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss. Thinking of you both during this time. Sending love and prayers.
Nicole Osinga & Justin MacLeanJenn and Duncan, Our hearts go out to you both during this excruciating time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find peace in the short time that you had with Mathew.
Scott and Stacey MacKinlayTom, Becky, Duncan and Jennifer, We are so sorry to hear of Mathews passing. Sending love and prayers to all of you.
Dawson FamilyWords will never be enough to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. Please know that you, Duncan and your entire family are in our constant thoughts and prayers. We hope you find some form of peace and comfort during this time. Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. -Lara Dawson
Roy Triebner and Louise JonesDuncan and Jennifer, Our condolences to you both on the loss of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Roy and Louise
Jackie & Andrew (from Heaven) PauleySo very sorry for your loss. Tom & Becky, our thought and prayers are with you and your family.
Uncle Wilf & Aunt Connie WightBe assured of our love and prayers as you continue to walk this path of emotional trauma. We do not pretend to understand the reason for such hardships. We do know that life involves both joy and sorrow and it all adds to who we are. Sometimes we have paused and asked, "Lord, isn't there an easier way to mature?" Duncan and Jen, this is not the time to reason "Why?" but it is the time to hold each other and comfort each other with your love. Uncle Wilf and Aunt Connie
Beatrice ArroyasJennifer , Duncan and family, May you find comfort in family and loved ones to help you get through this tragedy. I hope you will find the strength you need to get through each day.
GenevieveDear Jennifer, Duncan and Family, We are deeply sorry for the loss of your baby Boy Matthew. Although no words can ease the loss you bear, know you're very close in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you much love. Genevieve Papineau and Doug
Paul & LoriDuncan, Jen, Tom & Becky So sorry to hear of Matthew's passing. There are no word to describe your pain, we hope as time goes on you will be able to find the strength to appreciate the things in life again. We hope the doctors were able to gain more knowledge about this rare condition and someday it will be non existent. Our hearts go out to you. Paul & Lori
Craig, Karen, Arden, McKenna DoupeWe were deeply saddened to hear of Matthew's passing. There are no words that will take away your pain, but know that we are praying for you.
Anne-Marie SajeckiSending you love & courage. So very sorry for your devastating loss.
lezleigh Armstrong Amodeo Jennifer, Duncan and Family, May you find comfort in family and loved ones to help you get through this tragedy. We hope you will find the strength you need to get through each day and know you are loved beyond measures. Sore high Mathew and god bless Love Uncle Neil Armstrong and the Amodeo Family xoxo
Kristine Massingham and familyJennifer and Duncan, we are so very sorry for the loss of little Matthew. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.
Niloufer and Akbar SaeedMay God give you and Jenn the strength and courage to bear this loss with patience and equanimity. We are praying for you, and at this difficult time,may you find comfort in knowing that others share in your sorrow
Jenan Mourad With heavy heart, I express my condolences for the loss of baby Matthew! I pray to God to continue giving you strength to deal with this devastating loss!
Laurraine SigouinDear Jen and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet baby boy Matthew. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Mes sincères sympathies, Laurraine Sigouin
Ashley Dickey Jen, Duncan and families: I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers constantly.
Corene JovichevichDear Jennifer and Duncan, I was so heartbroken to hear your news. I am so, so sorry. Your beautiful obituary speaks to your spirit, your love and your devotion to your son. I believe that one day, you will be together with Matthew again. Until that time, I hope that one day, you will find peace and solace in your memory of the short time that you had together.
Maddie, Richard, & Calder McIntoshDuncan & Jen, We send our sincerest condolences to you both as you mourn the loss of your sweet little boy, Matthew. Your devotion and love for your son is so beautiful. May Matthew rest in sweet peace after his strong fight, sitting at the right hand of Our Father. We are praying for you all and love you very much. May God bless you, and may He keep you, and may He shine His face upon you. Love Richard, Maddie, & Calder McIntosh
Christie and Steve MartinWe are so heartbroken for you Jen and Duncan. We are thinking of you and praying for you lots during this difficult time. Love Christie and Steve Martin
Anjana UpadhyayDear Jenn and Duncan, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
McFadden familyDunc & Jenn our hearts ache for you both... Stay strong and know that little Matthew was so loved.. as are you both by so many.
Jackie and Steve McNallyDear Jenn, Duncan and Family, Our sadness for your loss can't really be written and Covid-19 restricts the embrace that we would love to give you all. Matthew has touched many hearts in a short time; with his ability to show you how your love can expand. We pray, with the support Family and Friends, and each other, that you will find peace With all our love we have made a donation in Matthew's honour. Jackie and Steve McNally
June and Ross AyrhartDear Jennifer and Duncan, We are so sorry for the loss of your precious baby boy, Matthew. The pain will never go away but perhaps you'll find some comfort in the fact that you have many friends supporting you in your time of grief.
Tasha MairDear Jenn and Duncan and family, I am so saddened to hear news of your loss. I am thinking of you all and I hope that you can find some peace through all of this. My sincere condolences.
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