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Matthew Simon Sakalauskas

February 24, 1952 ~ September 23, 2018 (age 66)


Matthew Simon Sakalauskas

North Sydney

The family of Matthew Simon Sakalauskas, of North Sydney, is heartbroken to announce that he passed away in Halifax on Sunday, September 23, 2018.

Born on February 24, 1952, Simon was the son of the late George and Pearl (Rogers) Smith, of Sydney Mines.  He is survived by his wife, Judith (nee Chislett), his children and their families, Amy (Jean Whalen) of Dartmouth, George (Daniel Roach, Kris Boutilier) of Marion Bridge, and Herbie (Máire Neville) of Sydney River, Simon's grandchildren Liam, Cecilia, Lucas and Bridget were poppy's pride and joy, Denise Arsenault and Dorianne Mullin (mothers of his grandchildren), along with his brothers, Jackie (Betty), Victor (Charmaine), Peter (Patsy), and Tony, beloved nieces and nephews, and his in-laws, Helen and Henry Standing, and John LeBlanc.  Simon is predeceased by his sister-in-law, Carole LeBlanc, his parents-in-law, Ethel and Herbert Chislett, and a sister in infancy.  

Simon was a gifted cook, grew wonderful gardens, and loved to read and listen to music.  He could talk with anyone, sharing an engaging sense of humour and quick wit. A cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, Simon was happiest when with his family and spending his days at Simon’s Barber Shop on Commercial Street.  You could catch him there showing off his trade, enjoying a good cup of tea, lending an ear, and delving into all the latest island happenings and those on Coronation Street. He retrained for that job as a displaced fisheries worker in the mid-1990s, showing his then teenaged children how to chart a new path in the face of adversity.  Simon and Judy were the very best team for 43 years, in every area of life, bringing out the finest in each other and in those lucky enough to be around them.  Simon cherished his weekends with friends at the trailer in Wycocomagh.  He leaves behind a lot of heavy hearts.

Visitation for Simon will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney. A private family service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Greg Murphy officiating, burial to be held at a later date.  Memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. 

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