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BIENERT - Matthew Ryan
April 9, 1979 - October 13, 2007

Matthew Bienert, beloved husband of Laurie Bienert (nee Sukovieff) passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at the age of 28 years.

Profoundly missed is the smile that dazzled everyone it shined upon; the compassion, sincerity, warmth, and optimism always felt by his presence; and the enthusiasm, brilliance and passion of our Smiling Sparkle of the skies and our hearts. Forever remembered is the boundless laughter and ever-present joy of a son and brother; and the love, moments and adventures shared in the strongest, deepest bond of friendship, life and spirit with a husband.

Matthew was born in Calgary, AB on April 9, 1979 and from the age of four years old and on he grew up in Springbank, AB. After graduating from Springbank Community High School in 1997 with highest honours, Matthew went on to pursue his lifelong passion of becoming a pilot. Matthew earned his Canadian Private Pilot's License in August of 1997 and, with a stellar performance, received his Professional Commercial Pilot Diploma from Mount Royal College in 1999. After attaining a United States Commercial Pilot Certificate and a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, Matthew graduated Cum Laude from The University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics in Commercial Aviation in December of 2002. In 2007 Matthew earned his float plane rating and began flying float plane charters and teaching other pilots how to fly floats on Vancouver Island, BC. Matthew's strength was unyieldingly demonstrated in the advent of challenge, instinctively and persistently turning adversity into accomplishment. Matthew, with relentless perseverance and skill, fulfilled his passion as a successful, phenomenal pilot.

On the happiest day of their lives, Matthew married his best friend and true love, Laurie, on August 26, 2006 in Calgary, AB. After spending many wonderful days together in Calgary, Matthew and Laurie moved to Vancouver Island in April of 2007. Cherished are the many laughs and the love Laurie shared with her "Smilely Eyes".

Matthew will always be treasured and remembered by his loving wife, Laurie Bienert; parents, Neil and Gailene Bienert; twin brother, Jonathan Bienert; sister and brother-in-law, Tasha Bienert and Allan Horwood; parents-in-law, Rick and Donna Sukovieff; three sister-in-laws and two brother-in-laws, Cara and Peter Haar and their children Benjamin and Arianna (Goddaughter), Christie and Craig Skimmings and their children Tessa and Joshua (Godson), and Jenny Sukovieff. We all look to the day to be with you again, Matthew.

A celebration of Matthew's life will be held at First Alliance Church (12345 - 40th Street S.E.), Calgary, AB on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. A memorial for Matthew can be found at Messages, photographs and songs can be posted here in celebration of Matthew. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in Matthew's name to the Mission Aviation Fellowship of Canada , 264 Woodlawn Road W, Guelph, Ontario N1H 1B6, 1-877-351-9344. This "Wings of Love" cause was always very special to Matthew and is a very pertinent reflection of him.

In living memory of Matthew Bienert, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.