Obituary of Mathew David Kelly COGHILL

May 4, 1984 – Calgary, Alberta
April 19, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta

Mathew David Kelly Coghill, of Calgary, AB, died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 19, 2020 from heart disease at the age 35.

Mathew was born on May 4, 1984, at the General Hospital in Calgary, AB;  an only son to Laurie Coghill and baby brother to older sisters, Michelle and Melissa.

Growing up, Mathew was a smart boy with a big heart. Passionate, yet shy; he kept to himself most of the time. Those closest to Matt were fortunate to see his comic and outgoing character; he was always one to make you laugh especially when it was the last thing you thought you needed, Matt knew better; he was witty and sharp, quickly responding with a sarcastic, funny and often hilarious remark.

Mathew enjoyed many hobbies, fishing, gaming, and building things. He dreamed of moving to the Philippines and owning a farm with his family.

Mathew was an affectionate father and spouse, loving his family more than himself. He was a loyal employee for many years and was proud of his job. He started in underground utilities and worked up to trenching and heavy machine operation. In February 2007, he attended a North American Case Equipment Rodeo where he came in 11th in equipment operation (he would have won if it weren’t for his fancy moves and that last attempt at a slam dunk with a backhoe) ;) Mathew was well known and established within the construction industry; people enjoyed working with him and often tried to get him for their crew. Mathew aspired to become an Aircraft Mechanic and aimed to attend SAIT to acquire certification.

Mathew is survived by his wife, Rutche Gicanal and young daughter, Rita Coghill; mother Laurie Coghill; sisters, Michelle (Grant)  Coghill and Melissa Nicholauson; neice Kieara Jordan; stepfather Danny McLenaghan; grandmothers, Connie Coghill and Gina (Julious) Hofstatter; aunts, Karen Coghill, Marry Coghill and Tina (Rob) Overeem; and uncles, Kelly (Deloris) Coghill and Darcy (Becky) Glowatski. Mathew was also survived by his cousins, Nathan Coghill, Nicole Coghill, Victoria Glowatski and Katie Overeem; and great-aunts and uncles and their families. 

Mathew is predeceased by his grandfather David Coghill; and uncles Kevin Coghill and Ben Glowatski.

A Private Family Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB) on Monday, May 4, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the Go Fund Me page set up for Rutche and Rita.

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In living memory of Mathew Coghill, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD SE, CALGARY, Ab, T2X 3J3,  Telephone: 403- 256-9575.

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