Matt Krisjanis passed away peacefully at the Ottawa General Hospital on Feb. 20, 2003 at the age of 56, in the presence and comfort of his family and blessed by the warmth and caring of his friends.
Krisjanis grew up in Russell and Morewood, and had long resided in Winchester. After operating the recreation department in Russell, he became recreation director for Winchester in 1995. He remained recreation director for North Dundas Township until his death.
He was dear father of Danny and the late David. He was beloved brother of Atiss (Linda), Ann (Gary Geoffrey and family), Daina (Vic LaFramboise and their daughter Shalyn), Rita, and John (Manon). He will be forever in the hearts of his extended family: Elaine (Teech) Patterson, Michael, Ana, Shari, Todd, Sydney, and Medow.
In recent years, his volunteer work included many hours with Dairyfest, the Parade of Lights, last summer’s George Beverly Shea concert, the North Dundas Cultural Centre, and local skateboard groups. For several years he submitted the Rec Rambles column to the Winchester Press.
Krisjanis was known as an avid motorcycle rider. Co-workers have recalled him as an inspiration, remembering some of the things he’d often say: “Live life large!” and “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Friends visited with the family to pay their respects on Feb. 22, including a cross-section of the community including bikers and OPP sergeants, at Winchester Funeral Home. A short farewell service followed.
For those wishing, donations to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre Foundation would be appreciation by the family. As well, the Matt Krisjanis Memorial Fund is being set up through the Township of North Dundas. Funds will be directed to a future recreation project in the township.