Matthew Vaalburg

Matthew Vaalburg

Matthew (Matt) Vaalburg passed peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and family at Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock on October 21, 2018, just short of his 94th birthday.


Matt is survived by his wife Lois, daughters Lois and Janet (Alphonse) and son Herman (Brenda) as well as 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.


Matt grew up in Holland, where he met his future wife, Lois. They fell in love and married. After the birth of daughter Lois and son Herman, they emigrated to Canada.


Matt found work managing a farm in Port Coquitlam. Soon after, Janet, his second daughter was born. Seeking more independence, Matt worked as a guard at Haney Correctional Institute. There he was able to combine this job with courses at UBC. Thereafter he began his teaching career at Pacific Vocational Institute/BCIT where he worked until retirement.


Matt was hard-working, honest and direct in his dealings with others, strict yet loving and generous to his children. He enjoyed family life, working around the house, in the yard and repairing his vehicles.


Excelling in swimming, Matt won many medals at the BC Senior Games. He loved sailing. Together with Lois, he also enjoyed playing tennis with good friends.


Matt and Lois travelled throughout Europe, often visiting their daughter Lois and her husband Wilfred in Holland. Palm Springs was another favourite destination.


Matt and Lois recently celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary.


Interment will be held at 9:00am Friday, October 26 at Burnaby Heritage Cemetery, at 4305 Halifax Street in Burnaby. A memorial service will follow at 10:30am at 940 Lynn Valley Road, Mollie Nye House in North Vancouver. In Matt’s memory, please consider a donation to the Union Gospel Mission.

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