Matija “Mat” Sumen – Vancouver Island Free Daily


Matija “Mat” Sumen

July 5, 2022
In loving memory~
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Matija “Mat” Sumen. He was husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Dad died peacefully at West Coast General Hospital on Tuesday July 5, 2022 after a short battle with cancer at the age of 80.
Dad was predeceased by his parents Steve and Matilida, his older brother Steve, his brother-in-law Carlo D’arsie and his son-in-law Wayne MacDonald.
He is survived by his wife Olga of 58 years; his children – daughter Irena Larochelle, son Matt (Jill) Sumen; grandchildren Brandon (Brandy), Shelby, Ryan, Erika; great-grandchildren Kash and Miesha; sisters Teresa (Joe) Peterec and youngest sister Olga D’Arsie; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins ​​and friends.
Dad brought his wife and daughter to Canada in 1969 to start a new life and be closer to his siblings in Dolnija Bistrica, Slovenia. He got a job at the Somass factory and stayed there until his retirement.
In his youth, dad spent 2 years in the army. Once in Canada, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially moose hunting with his brother-in-law.
A celebration of Mat’s life will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 2246 Hamilton Drive.
The family would like to thank Dr. White and the nurses who showed compassion and understanding during Mat’s final days.

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