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Matthew Derek Holdstock

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Matthew Derek Holdstock

July 12, 1978 - May 5, 2022

With heavy hearts we announce that Matthew Holdstock passed away unexpectedly in Cobourg on Thursday, May 5th, 2022, at 43 years of age. Loving partner of Wendy Beales and cherished father of Soren Holdstock. Beloved son of Don Quesnel and Gillian Thibeault (Maurice) and adoring brother of Janine Grein (Markham) and Vanessa Quesnel. Matthew was a loyal friend who treated his loved ones as an extension of his family. Matthew shared his many gifts with those who knew him: his incredible cooking and baking, a sense of humour which rivalled a professional comedian’s, a capacious intellect which all his friends and family leaned upon for advice, constant creativity, the uncanny ability to master any skill, and an unparalleled gift with language which he shared with us all. He was an avid gamer and dedicated and loving partner and father, who is described by his son as loving, caring, selfless and the best daddy in the world. He was a man with a strong moral compass, who was uncompromising about protecting people who needed it, and who cared deeply for others. Matt will be truly missed.
Those wishing to make a memorial donation, can do so in Matt’s name to Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank.

Message Of Condolence

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MESSAGES OF CONDOLENCE / DONATIONS

Stephen Beamish - May 20, 2022

I worked with Matthew for many years and he was always extremely friendly and professional, not to mention exceptional at what he did. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.

David Girolami - May 20, 2022

My deepest condolences. I was fortunate to have worked with Matthew for many years on BDC clients together. He was by far one of the most genuine, honest, smart, and all around great colleague. I am so sorry for your loss.

Loredana Bianco - May 19, 2022

Wendy, I am deeply sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. I wish you courage and strength. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

Chris O'Shea - May 17, 2022

Wendy and Soren, I was so sad to hear that Matthew passed away suddenly. He was an amazing person who did such amazing work with us at the BDC. He always went above and beyond to help and his efforts were noticed and appreciated regularly. While his loss is immeasurable to us who worked with him, I can't even imagine his loss to his friends and family. My deepest condolences to you all. He will be missed.

Leanne Trafagander - May 16, 2022

Wendy, My heart broke for you and Soren when I learned of Matt’s death, and you’ve both been in my thoughts. I hope you find comfort in your memories and the love and support of all those who care for you. Leanne Trafagander

The Sheehy Family - May 16, 2022

Dear Wendy and Soren, We are so saddened to read about Matt's passing. Quinn always enjoyed his time at your home with Soren and your family. I'm sorry that its been so long since we've connected but our hearts are with you. If there is anything at all we can do please let me know. The Sheehy Family

Phyllis,Terry and Jake White - May 15, 2022

Wendy, Soran and Poppy, We are so sorry to hear about Mary. Or thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. Please take care,

Kathryn Phillips - May 15, 2022

Wendy and Soren, I'm so sorry to learn of your loss. You are in my thoughts and my heart goes out to you.

Claire and Josh - May 14, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank

Josh and Claire - May 14, 2022

Thinking of you, Soren and Matt's family during this very difficult time. We send our heart felt condolences and love to you all. We cherish the fond memories of times spent with Matt including his wonderful cooking, and enjoying cheering on our favorite football team all together. All our love Josh and Claire

Serita M - May 13, 2022

Dear Wendy and Soren, I'm deeply saddened to hear about this heartbreaking loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. I pray that you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have created together. Sending lots of love.

Marie B - May 13, 2022

Wendy and Soren, so saddened to hear about Matt and the loss you are experiencing. You are surrounded by people who love and cherish you both, lean in them and we will open our arms. Much love always, Marie, Sean, Molly and Flora

Debbie Sloan - May 13, 2022

Wendy and Soren, my heart hurts for you. I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope the love and support of family and friends helps to get you through this and that the memories and love you have with Matt carry you forward. My thoughts and prayers are of you. Much love. Debbie Sloan

Liz Sarich - May 13, 2022

Dear Wendy, I am so deeply sorry to hear the news. Sending so much love and heartfelt condolences to you, Soren and your family. Much love Liz, Ivy and Justin

Caitlin McDonough - May 13, 2022

Wendy & Soren - My heart is heavy with the news of your loss. I worked with Matthew at BDC on many projects over the years and he spoke often of Soren. In his work, he was unparalleled, I was continually amazed at the way he was able to digest vast amounts of information and translate that into insights for his clients. It was clear he was both exceptionally talented and very conscientious in everything that he did, and it was always a pleasure to work together. My deepest condolences to your family.

Marcia Parker - May 13, 2022

Wendy my heart breaks for you. I cant imagine The sorrow. Please know you are in myy rhoughts

Stefanie Gajdecki - May 13, 2022

My deepest condolences for your loss. I worked with Matthew when I was with the BDC, he was a consultant on many of my projects, and we could always rely on his deep expertise and dedication to helping clients. We always loved having him join us on projects. He spoke of his son often and how much he enjoyed spending time with him. Family was his true North. I’m so sorry for your loss, he will be missed by many.

Stewart Scherck - May 13, 2022

I’m so sorry for your loss Wendy. Our hearts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Love and strength to you and yours.

Jennifer Rikely - May 12, 2022

Sending my deepest heartfelt condolences to the Holdstock family. Matthew and I were consultants for BDC and worked together on numerous projects. His knowledge and professionalism were second to none - we all loved being partnered with Matthew. I was shocked to hear of his passing - a real tragedy. He will be missed by many!!

Kathie Rideout - May 12, 2022

Dear Wendy, I am so very sorry for your loss of your precious partner, Matt. My heartfelt condolences to you, Soren and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Tracey Tyner Cavanagh - May 12, 2022

Wendy, my deepest condolences to you and your son, Soren. I hope you are surrounded by family and friends to help manage these difficult days ahead and ease your pain. May your beautiful memories bring your comfort. You are in my thoughts.

Sophia Banton - May 12, 2022

Wendy, sincere condolences to you, Soren, and the rest of your family during this difficult time. May you continue to cherish and be comforted by the wonderful memories of your Beloved Matt. You are in my thoughts.

Marusia Laschuk - May 12, 2022

Dear Wendy, My heart goes out to you and Soren. I hope that in this time of overwhelming grief, you and Soren will find comfort in the many cherished memories you have of Matt. May the kindness and love of family and friends comfort you. You and Soren are close in my thoughts and prayers. Sending love and support to you. Marusia

Michele Black - May 12, 2022

We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Our heart aches with grief with the loss of Matt. His spirit lives on in the hearts of friends, family and loved ones. Sending much love, light and healing to you, Soren and your families.

Tracy Barclay - May 12, 2022

Wendy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your son as face these difficult days ahead. Sending heartfelt condolences.

Shannon Luxton - May 12, 2022

Wendy, you and Soren are in my thoughts and prayers, I am so sorry for your loss.

Lauryn Sinnott - May 12, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank

Dale Franklin - May 12, 2022

Wendy, I am so saddened for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

Carolyn Higginson - May 12, 2022

Dear Wendy and Soren - know that our thoughts and hearts are with you during this sad time. Love, Carolyn, Heidi, and Lainey

Carolyn Higginson - May 12, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank

Lisa Stewart - May 12, 2022

Wendy my heart goes out to you and your family durhing this difficult time. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Dorothy Bakos - May 12, 2022

Wendy, my deepest sympathy for the sudden passing of Matt. Thinking of you, Soren and your family during this difficult time. May you find comfort in cherished memories of your loved one.

Chris and Kate Mateer - May 11, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank

Chantel and Anthony Kruning g - May 11, 2022

We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Rony Israel - May 11, 2022

I am very saddened by the unexpected loss of a business partner I respected for his professionalism, ethics, and friendship. We worked together on several client mandates, which always resulted in the highest client satisfaction. Matthew always prioritized the needs of his clients and business associates above all. I will miss you. My most sincere condolences to Wendy, Soren, and family.

Monica scott - May 11, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank

Sage Toyama - May 11, 2022

My deepest condolences for your loss, Wendy. I've only known you a short time, but you've made my feel so comfortable in my new job and that really means a lot. It was heartbreaking to hear of your loss, I am keeping you and your son in my thoughts.

Staz Family - May 11, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank

Wendy Lilly & Eric Field - May 11, 2022

Dear Wendy and Soren, We are shocked and saddened with the news of Matthew's untimely death. As this is an especially difficult time for both of you we wanted you to know that you are in our thoughts. Take care. Wendy and Eric

Kate Wharton-Mateer - May 11, 2022

Sending love and light to Wendy, Soren and all of Matt's family- he will be missed and remembered. We are so very sorry for your loss, carry him with you in your hearts and memories. With love, Kate, Chris, Leiff and Rory.

Mallika - May 11, 2022

I worked with Matthew for over 10 years. I could always count on him to bring a sunny disposition and good banter to our interactions. He was passionate about his work and committed to excellence. He was so very talented at his craft. We will miss him dearly. My deepest condolences to his family.

Monica Scott - May 11, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank

Andrea Coley - May 11, 2022

My heart is with you Wendy, Soren and family. Thinking of you all as you come together in your grief to celebrate Matt's kind heart and influence. It was truly a pleasure to read the tribute capturing his life and legacy. Sending love your way.

Camille - May 11, 2022

I'm so sorry for your whole family. Matt was always so polite, witty and enjoyable to be around. What a terrible loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Camille

Stella Danos-Papaconstantinou - May 11, 2022

Wendy, I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Matt. I wish you and Soren strength as you navigate this incredibly difficult time in your lives. May Matt Rest in Peace.

Kent Shaver - May 11, 2022

I’m so sorry for this unexpected loss. Prayers for you all… Kent

Stacey MacNeil - May 11, 2022

What a truly beautiful commemoration of your partner, Wendy. What you and Soren are living through is unimaginable. I continue to think about you both every day and wish that you may find small comforts in the words and offerings of those closest to you, in cherished memories and through simple moments, connecting to the natural world, which I know to be healing for you. Sending warmth and care during this incredibly difficult time.

Keith O'Meara - May 11, 2022

My condolences to you and your family Wendy. Keith

Kevin Rambally - May 11, 2022

Wendy, Soren and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I had the right words, please just know that I’m thinking of you. Please know that you're in my thoughts and prayers always. I hope the love and support from your loved ones bring you peace during this difficult time. My heartfelt sympathies to you.

Shane, Kate & Adrian - May 11, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank

Gina - May 11, 2022

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Roxanne Israel - May 11, 2022

Wendy, Soren, I am so sorry for your loss. Hold the memories tight and know that there are so many who care for you. I wish I was closer to be able to give you a hug. Much love my friend.

Andrew Igoe - May 11, 2022

So very sorry to receive this news. A beautiful obituary. Thoughts and a big hug.

Helen Serevetas - May 11, 2022

Wendy, I am so very sorry to hear about the sudden passing of Matt. Thinking of you, Soren and all your loved ones during this difficult time. Sending you my heartfelt condolences.

Rachel Borgh - May 11, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank

Rachel Borgh - May 11, 2022

Wendy, this is terrible and shocking news. I am so sorry for your loss. My whole heart is with you.

Richard Falconer - May 11, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank

Tracy Ann Fardy - May 11, 2022

Wendy, so very sorry to hear about your loss. Matt's obituary was simply beautiful; an intellectual, a resource for advice, caring, selfless, it appears you were the perfect match. Thinking of you and your son and sending love and prayers.

Teresa Budarick and family - May 11, 2022

Wendy, Soren and family: Our condolences for your horrific, tragic and heart breaking loss. I will pray for strength and love for you and your family in this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.

Jocelyn Siciliano - May 11, 2022

To Wendy, I am sending my heartfelt sympathy to you as you mourn your beloved Matt. He sounds like a wonderful husband, father and friend. I am wishing you and Soren peaceful moments together as you process this profound loss. Wendy, you are a kind and gentle soul who provides support to others. May you feel the care and love in return. Thinking of you and your family. Jocelyn Siciliano

Georgina and Barry Staz - May 11, 2022

Gil, There are no words to ease your pain. We are thinking of you. Love, Georgie & Barry

Sharon Woods & Family - May 11, 2022

My heart goes out to you and your family Wendy. I can not imaging what you are experiencing or feeling but please know that I am keeping you in my prayers.

Trulie Falvo - May 11, 2022

Wendy, I am so saddened to hear of the sudden loss of your loved one Matt, and the father to your son Soren. My deepest condolences during this very difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope you will find comfort in all the wonderful memories you have created over time with him. My deepest sympathies, Trulie

Alison Fregonese - May 11, 2022

Wendy, I am so saddened to hear about the loss of your beloved partner Matt. My heart goes out to you and Soren ❤️ I am sending my deepest sympathy and condolences at this most difficult time.

Kelly Brown - May 11, 2022

Wendy, I am truly sorry to hear of you and your son’s loss. I am sending my deepest condolences to you and Soren and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Take good care.

Jason Hines & Family - May 11, 2022

Words can't express what you and your family must be going through right now. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this immensely difficult time. Jason

Vickie Dickinson - May 11, 2022

Wendy and Soren, So sorry to hear of Matthew’s passing. Your words were beautiful and he will be missed by his family. Take care and reach out if needed. Sending love and hugs❤️ Vickie Dickinson

Maggie Colby - May 10, 2022

Though it has been years since I last saw Matt, his memory is vivid in my mind. I spent a lot of time around him, especially in high school, as we shared the same circle of friends. Matt was always kind, funny, smart and quietly observant. He had a deep and natural empathy, an awareness of the wounds of other people, that felt rare for a young person. He was fun to giggle with too. I was really sad to hear of his passing. The world needs good people like him. I'm sending my heartfelt condolences to you both, dear Wendy & Soren.

Shaaron Del Vecchio - May 10, 2022

Wendy, I am so saddened to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you, your son, your family….I will keep you in my prayers. May the wonderful memories help to bring you comfort.

Cindy Chambers - May 10, 2022

Wendy and Soren - my heart is heavy with this news. While I never met Matthew in person, we worked together daily for the last several years, and I truly valued the collaboration and the work friendship. He often spoke of both of you and his life in Cobourg. One memorable conversation that always makes me smile was when he paused in the trampoline jumping with Soren to answer my phone call. I know that you will both miss him, and my condolences to you.

Shirley Sandercock - May 10, 2022

Wendy, I'm so sorry to hear of Matthew's passing. I hope that the great memories and laughter you all shared will help to bring comfort to each of you. My deepest sympathies Wendy.