It is with great sadness that we share the loss of our beloved Matthew. He is deeply mourned by his fiancée Shannon Pryor and son Owen, brother Dylan, father Scott and mother Susan, as well as hundreds of friends and extended family members. Matt was a kind, compassionate man full of enthusiasm, with a zest for life. The loves of his life were Shannon and Owen. Matt will always be remembered as a bright light that lit up a room with his character and spirit. We know that he continues to wrap his loving arms around us. Matt attended Monterey Elementary School and Oak Bay High; he studied Hotel and Restaurant Management at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Victoria. He was an avid sportsman playing soccer, basketball, track and field and rugby; which became his passion as a young man. He was an unbelievably talented athlete, mentally determined and physically gifted. Matt always had a love for the ocean and could not imagine living anywhere else but the West Coast so when he, Shannon and Owen bought a home and moved to Saturna Island in the fall of 2020, it fulfilled a lifelong dream. Matt had an entrepreneurial spirit, passed down from his father and grandfathers, that could be seen in his many accomplishments. By working alongside his father Scott, he helped Merry Maids Victoria obtain the honour of becoming the number one franchise in North America in 2015. Matt was analytical, driven, a dreamer, compassionate, caring, absolutely brilliant, a prankster, humorous, adventurous, a trouble maker and he always loved to have fun no matter what he was doing. He was an avid traveller and touched the lives of countless people on his excursions and adventures throughout Canada, the U.S. and across the world. Matt believed in self-care and kindness. Throughout the last years of his life, he identified spiritually as a Buddhist and would not hurt a living thing, from a fly to a flower. He taught us all to live fiercely and demonstrated this until the very end by his courage and strength. Matt passed on March 28, 2021 surrounded by the love of his family. Our family takes comfort in knowing he accomplished and succeeded in fulfilling so many of his goals and dreams. Matt spent the last 4 years of his life working on a digital company that focuses on information systems, patients, technology and science. Show your support for Matt’s passion project by checking out and please share the link with your friends. Matt created Kanteeva Information Systems to help mankind.

A Funeral Service was be held on April 7, 2021 at 10:00 am in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens with immediate family and invited guests only in attendance.  A video recording of the service is available below.

A large and extremely fun Celebration of Matt’s Life will occur as soon as possible and everyone will be invited! In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Matt’s favourite charity, BC Children’s Hospital.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Bob & Kathy Broder

    Scott, Susan, Dylan, Shannon & Owen,
    We are so saddened by your loss of Matt, We are grateful to have known him & are happy that he had so many great memories made at Beach Acres resort with you as a family. Treasure those memories & sending you peace and love to get through this together.

  • Marie and Colin Green

    Dear Scott and Susan, and Family,

    It was with shock and disbelief that we heard of Matt’s passing.

    We are so very sorry for your loss.
    Matt was an exceptionally fine young man, when we knew him at Monterey School. He was a very good student, who conducted himself very well. We remember him as a super athlete, both in Cross-country and in Rugby. He was instrumental in taking the rugby team to the City Championship. The word was, ‘give Matt the ball and he will get a try’.

    Please pass on our sincere condolences to his young family.

    Our thoughts are with you and the family.

    Sincerely, Marie and Colin Green.

  • Susan Morriss

    Sincere condolences to the Tanner family for the loss of Matthew. May the good memories be cherished and help you through this sad time.

  • John Tackaberry

    Dear Scott, Susan, Shannon, Owen and extended Tanner family. I never had the opportunity to meet Matt but have kept in touch with the Tanner family through Rico and Soo and their family for over 50 years.

    Reading Matt’s obituary and watching the memorial video makes me realize that Matt made an incredible mark on life in such a very short time.

    Shannon’s tribute was so perfect and memorable. Matt was fortunate to have you in his life albeit for far too short a time.

    My heart goes out to all of you as you wrestle with adjusting to the new normal. May peace be with you and the fond memories of Matt help you through these difficult times.

    Blessings to the Tanner family.

    John Tackaberry.

  • Nalini Asrula and family

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the entire family ! May his beautiful soul RIP

  • Kathy and Tim Rud

    Sue, Scott, Dylan, Shannon and Owen.
    We send our love and deepest condolences.
    Matt’s celebration of life was a beautiful tribute for such a special young man.
    With a heavy heart, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Wendy and George

    Matt can be seen reflected in all the faces who love him, in the words spoken about him. It was an honour to witness this deeply, moving expression of all who love Matt. We hold you close in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Bill and Maureen Thomson and Family

    Scott,Sue, Dylan, Shannon and Owen,

    We are so sorry about Matt… may you all find some peace in happy memories and knowing that he fulfilled many of his life’s dreams; however his life was way too short. You all are in our hearts always and we will treasure the beautiful send off that you gave to Matt today! It was truly a very special and amazing event and so well done by all!
    All our Love, Bill, Maureen and Family

  • Marnie Ross

    My heartfelt condolences go out to you all at this very tragic time.
    Matthew’s celebration of life service was beautiful.
    Glad that you all have each other for support.

  • Valerie and Brian Kerr

    Sue,Scott, Dylan, Shannon and Owen,
    We send our love and sincere condolences. Clearly Matt was a remarkable accomplished and loving man who was also blessed to have lived his life surrounded by such loving family and friends. We are so very, very sorry for your loss. Our hearts and our prayers are with all of you.

    Valerie and Brian

  • Brendan Ryan

    Such a tragic loss. My condolences to all of his immediate family and close friends. I’ll always remember Matt as a happy go lucky guy with a positive vibe anytime he was around. Sending love from Toronto.

  • Karen Evans

    Scott, Susan, Dylan and family,

    I was shocked and saddened when I read about Matt’s passing. I was so very fortunate to have the opportunity to teach and coach Matt at Monterey. I remember him as an amazing young man who valued his friendships, respected all, was determined and focused. Matt was a gifted athlete both on the court and on the field. He was a leader and a team player. I have so many special memories of him at games, tournaments and school events. Please know that my thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

  • Humberto Zepeda

    Scott, Susan & Family.

    We are so sorry for your loss, may he Rest In Peace and know that we are praying for all of you. Let the memories celebrate his life and accomplishments.

    Humberto Zepeda & Audrey Rehnert

  • Susan and Bill and family

    We send you our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved Matt. We have so many memories of him growing up at Beach Acres and of the terrific man he became. Much love to you, Susan, Scott and Dylan and of course, Shannon and Owen. We wish you all strength and great support at this terrible time.

  • Stacy and Dana

    Scott, Susan and Family,
    We were so shocked and saddened to hear about Matt. It was great getting to know him at the MM functions. He always had a smile on his face and ready to go, go, go. He will be missed. Our deepest condolences.

  • Zobeida Philp

    My deepest condolences to you Susan, Scott and family members. Blessings

  • Bob Goodwin

    I am so very very sorry for your loss. I can only hope you can find some comfort in the many achievements and the joy that Matt brought to life and the people around him. Scott and Susan my prayers are with you with so much hope for you to get through this terrible time. Much love and respect.

  • Bruce and Marty Barlond

    Scott, Susan and family,
    So sorry to leasrn of your great loss!
    Mathew does now Rest In Peace with the Lord!

  • Don Casper

    To the Tanner family…I am so very sorry that a young life ended the way it did and can only imagine how it has affected all. It is hard to understand but it is not our decision. Neither does it make it any easier for the loved ones left behind. Stay strong all and I can only offer sympathies and imagine what you are going through…..take care of yourselves and each other and think about the good times that you have had together….regards…….Don

  • Gil Henry

    I am so sorry for your loss. When I knew Matt at Monterey he was a force. A truly gifted athlete and also so very kind and gentle. I have fond memories coaching him in volleyball.

  • Jean Edmonson


    Sincere condolences to you and your family. May you find comfort in knowing how respected and loved he was.

  • Daniel Stark

    Dan Stark

    I just received this Email from Dianne. I am very sorry for your loss. Although I never met Matt,
    I understand he was a great person. I know words don’t help much, as this is a devastating loss,
    but I’m sure he is going to a good place.

  • Blomker Fanily

    We are heartbroken to hear of Matt’s passing. We will remember him fondly and with a smile. Praying for all of you in this difficult time.

  • Lorri Krance

    Scott and Susan,
    We know there are no words to ease your pain and broken heart right now. Matt certainly took advantage of each day he was given in living life to the fullest and we can honor him by doing the same. You raised an amazing, caring and funny young man and hopefully, soon it will bring you some comfort.
    All our love and prayers to you and your family.
    Don and Lorri

  • Lorree Brown

    Susan, Scott, Dylan, Shannon and Owen,

    I was shocked and sad to read of your tremendous loss of Matthew. I did not know Matthew as an adult but I have wonderful memories of the sweet little boy I used to babysit. Dylan and Matthew always brought me great joy and I loved the time I spent with them. I am so sorry you have to go through the horrible pain of losing such a special son, brother, fiancé and daddy. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Lorree Clermont Brown

  • Dorothy Boisvert

    Dear Susan, Scott and family,
    Richard and I are very sorry to read about your beloved son Matthew. You and I had many discussions about raising sons when at Juan de Fuca and it is obvious that you and Scott raised a wonderful, accomplished son.
    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Dorothy Boisvert

  • Tom Paul

    Scott and Suzanne …my deepest deepest sympathy …I’m so very sorry for your loss ..May he Rest In Peace to you both

  • Sandy Schurman

    Scott, Susan and Dylan

    I was saddened to read about your loss of Matt. I remember him very well from Monterey School, grade five especially, but also what a great kid he was within the whole school environment for the years that he was there. You all will miss him greatly, but all the good memories will live on.

  • The Tygielski’s

    Our prayers go to your family. We are so sorry for your loss. Matt was a smart, kind young man!!

  • Larry and Melissa Stahlberg

    Scott and Susan.
    We are so sorry for your loss of Matt. You must feel devastated, as are we.
    We had no idea. We have fond memories of times spent at meetings, having fun with Matt…very special for both of us. May his memory be a blessing for us all.
    Larry and Melissa.

  • Steve Mumm

    I loved reading this beautiful tribute to Matt! Our hearts ache for all of you❤️
    Much love and many prayers. Paula, Katie, Jack and Steve Mumm

  • Debby & Larry Weigel

    We are so sorry for your loss. We know he will be missed by all! We are asking God to keep everyone in his loving arms & help you to find peace!

  • Mark Kirchner

    My deepest condolences for this unimaginable loss. You and your loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dave, Allison & Donna

    We are so sorry for your loss. Matt was a wonderful young man. We have many good memories of him. Scott & Susan. Know that our prayers & thoughts are with you.

  • Jennifer Heer

    Words cannot express how truly sorry I am for your loss. I pray for peace and comfort for your family.

  • The Hings Family

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We have so many fond memories of the family at the beach for so many years. He will be greatly missed. OUr thoughts are with you all at this sad time.

  • Henry Mackenzie

    Deepest condolences for The Tanner family and Matts new family.
    The loss of this man is heartbreaking. May we always remember what a great man Matt was.

  • Moira and Peter Nash

    We are so sad to hear about Matt. We have many great memories from the Monterey days, especially Matt’s athletic abilities and outgoing personality. Sending you all big hugs!

  • Jim + Sonja Cameron

    Scott , Susan and family, we’re so sorry for the loss of Matthew

  • Fraser Family

    Thinking of you all during this tragic time. Matt was so special and he will be greatly missed.

  • Jason & Stephanie Applejohn

    Scott, Susan and family,

    We are so sorry to hear of loss of Matt. We are sending you lots of strength.

  • Susan and Deus Kearney

    We are so very sorry for your loss. We met Matt through our son Patrick. He was such a friendly guy and I know Pat will miss him terribly. Our prayers are with all of you at this very sad time.

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