Metro (Matthew) Diakow
September 27, 1927 – June 21, 2011
Matthew Diakow of Fernie, BC passed away peacefully at the Rocky Mountain Village in Fernie on June 21, 2011 at the age of 83 years. He fought a long battle against life’s timeline and illness.
Matt was born on September 27, 1927 on the farm in Buchanan, Saskatchewan, to his parents George and Polly. He remained on the farm until November, 1969 when he moved to Fernie, BC with his wife Kay and his two children, Debra & Darcy. Matt and his wife Kay were married at the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton, SK, on October 6th, 1949.
He was employed with the Fernie Motor Inn, the Elko Mill, and the Fernie School District. He worked hard and loved spending time with family and friends. He spent times having coffee with friends at the local A&W, huckleberry picking, and he always enjoyed helping his son Darcy and taking trips with him to get firewood. His friends and himself would often drive to Blairmore, AB for lunch and a haircut together. He also enjoyed taking his grandchildren Braden and Bridgitte fishing at the local lakes and rivers.
His daughter Debra remembers her father always telling family, “never give up” which Matt lived by everyday of his life. He was the strongest and most courageous man that his family will ever come to know. He will be missed by all of his surviving family; his wife Kay, his sister Olga (Suidak) of Roblin, MB & family, his son Darcy (Diakow), his daughter Debra (Wilson), family of predeceased Bill (Diakow), his grandchildren Braden (Diakow) & Bridgitte (Wilson), and great-grandchildren Savannah & Jackson (Danis).
His laugh and smile will forever touch our hearts. We know that one day we will walk with him again and we will never forget the fight he fought. He was respected, loved, cherished but above all he was the rock in our family and the glue that held us all together. A day will not pass that we will not be reminded of this handsome man and the life that he so courageously endured.
Memorial will be held at the Fernie Trinity Pentecostal Tabernacle Church on:
Saturday July 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm
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