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MATT KARL RUKAVINA OCT. 7, 1926 - Nov. 2, 2011 It is with great sorrow and regret that we announce the passing of Matt Karl Rukavina. Soul mate to his beloved Florence; loving Father to David ( Lisa ), Nancy (Pat), Janis ( Jamie ) and Bobby ( Joanne ); dutiful son to Karl and Edith; brother to Mary ( Ziherl ); doting grandfather to Kristin, Paige, Katherine, Kayla, Mathew and Karl; steadfast friend to those who knew him. Matt Rukavina's long and varied career began in Kapuskasing upon his graduation as a civil engineer from Queen's University in 1948. He was an employee of the Town of Kapuskasing through the following years: From May, 1948 to February, 1961 as Town Engineer From April, 1957 to September, 1991 as Public Utilities Manager From February, 1961 to September, 1991 as Chief Administrative Officer. Mr. Rukavina passionately believed in the town, region and province he served and participated in the following capacities to further the benefits of the aforementioned. To name but a few endeavours he served for a five year period as Secretary of the North Eastern Ontario Municipal Association as well as Secretary of the North Eastern Ontario Group of Mayors for a nine year period. He was the Vice Chairman of the Purchasing Employee group ( PEG ) regarding the employee acquisition of Spruce Falls as well as Chairman of the Spruce Falls Workers Adjustment Committee. A Director of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation as well as a Director on the Board of Director's of Spruce Falls Inc.. He was also a two term Commissioner of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission. In addition he found time to act as a labour relations consultant to school boards, district agencies and municipalities. He was the chief instructor for five years at Northern College for the Clerks and Treasurers course as well as the course instructor at Cambrian College in Municipal Administration. Mr. Rukavina was also a Justice of the Peace and the author of "An History of Kapuskasing". His devotion to the town, region and province was exceeded only by his love, support and affection for his family. He was never happier than when "the gang" was home and we were joyfully sharing stories, laughter, food and drink. His kindness, generosity, gentle manner, humility, unfailing memory, warm heart and bright mind always made him the perfect companion. Never was that more evident than in the company of his true love, Florence. They enjoyed an unmatched mutual admiration society that knew no bounds and grew stronger with each passing year. A blessing, indeed. Mr. Rukavina was a past Chairman of the Hospital Board and was treated with the utmost care and consideration during his patient stay. We would like to thank one and all for their magnificent effort on our behalf. Donations can be made to the Kidney Foundation if so desired. We have lost our sweet soul. Our gentle giant. Our guiding light. There is comfort in knowing your spirit is always near and your memory a breath away. We love you, Dad. Your Gang. 10764126
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Posted by Don Downton (friend) On Friday, January 27, 2012
My deepest sympathy to you and your family Flossy on the passing of your husband.I just found out today Jan.27/12.
Posted by HELEN (FRIEND) On Friday, November 18, 2011


Posted by Gerard Duffy (Former employee) On Wednesday, November 16, 2011
My deepest sympathy to the Rukavina family in the passing of one great guy. In my 70 plus years I have never met a person who was so concerned and supportive of other persons , community and family
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Posted by Denis Morel (pass town employee) On Monday, November 14, 2011
I remember Matt as the town leader while I was an employee back in the early 80's

My deepest sympathy to the family.

Posted by Mardi MacLachlan (friend of the family) On Thursday, November 10, 2011
dear Flossy, Dave, Nacny, Bob and Janis, my heartfelt sympathies to you all on the loss of your husband and father. He was a very close friend of my dad for many many years and my dad always spoke very highly of him, they worked together on many different things including my dad designing the town symbol, he will be missed

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