It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Matthew John Wasyl Bozdek.

Cherished son of Marta and Walter Bozdek, beloved grandson of Kay and John Kornijenko, dear nephew of Lily and Steve Lewicki and cousin of Anne.

He will be dearly missed by his godparents Margret Hovanec and Yuri Mischenko as well as extended family in Ontario and Ukraine.

Matthew was born in Ukraine and came to Canada as an adoptee when he was a year old. He brought much joy and happiness and excitement to his whole family. Things that he liked, he embraced with a passion, particularly centred around cars, preferably exotic ones, and computers. This passion for cars was evident from a very young age and he forever bemoaned the fact that his parents had not entered him into professional go-kart racing as a first step on the way to a career as a race car driver. He was a very good kayaker and we enjoyed many family camping vacations as well as road trips in Canada and the U.S., usually with our chocolate lab Porkchop who was his backseat 'brother'.

As a young adult Matthew was finally diagnosed with autism and subsequently other mental health issues. He struggled to find a way to live in our world.

May he find peace in the embrace of a merciful and kind lord.

There will be a private family funeral for both Matthew and his beloved grandmother who also passed away, unexpectedly, within days of Matthew's passing.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Matthew's memory would be appreciated.

Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Demetrius

CAMH Foundation

Support for Ukraine - medical kits / humanitarian aid / do consider selecting helmets and vests, they are needed. There are many ways to donate, below are some trusted links.

Ukrainian Freedom Fund

Kyiv School of Economics

Come Back Alive

Unite with Ukraine (Ukraine World Congress)

Ukrainian Canadian Congress.



Burial / Entombment / Cremation


May 03, 2022
Cathi Krewicki
Marta, I am so deeply sorry for your tremendous losses. Thank God that you and Walter gave Matthew the best parents and life he could possibly have had. He will always be in your heart and mine goes out to you. God bless you and your family. xo
May 01, 2022
Marta and Walter - For too short a time Matthew made parents of you and what great parents you became, showing tremendous love for him every single day. In this time of sorrow, I am holding you in my heart.
April 27, 2022
Heather (The Serediuk Family)
Our family (The Serediuk family) sends our deepest condolences to you and your family. I remember always looking forward to visiting my baba (Stella Serediuk) because I would most likely see Matthew across the street playing and join in! I enjoyed my time with him playing outside during my childhood. I will cherish those memories.
April 26, 2022
Daria Kowalyk
Dear Marta and Walter - So very sorry about the loss of your son! Wishing you comfort and courage during this very difficult time. May he rest in peace... Vichnaya Pamyat'!
April 26, 2022
Stella, Susan and Patricia Serediuk
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. The Serediuk Family fondly remembers Matthew and Heather playing together on the street when they were both over visiting their respective Babas. May his memory be eternal.
April 24, 2022
Emily Lork
Marta. I was saddened to learn about your loss.There are no adequate words. May you find the strength and peace you need. With deepest sympathy
April 21, 2022
Natalie Rewa
Condolences to you, Marta and Walter. I recall the joyfullness of Matviy’s arrival at SVCT one Sunday. Vichnaya Pamyat.
April 21, 2022
Veronica Stella
Marta and family I am So sorry to hear about your loss. Wishing you comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time.
April 21, 2022
Yuri Mischenko & Natalia Pawlenko
My heart is breaking for the loss of your son (and my godson). It is devastating to have a young life to be lost so unexpectedly early, and it is equally devastating to witness a parents’ pain due to this tragic event. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Our deepest condolences. Please let us know how we can help you now. Much love, Yuri & Natalia
April 21, 2022
Tamara Danylchenko
My heart goes out to the Bozdek family, who loved Matviy fiercely all his life. I am reflecting on warm childhood memories with Matviy, from outdoor fun hunting for Easter eggs to indoor fun playing computer games and Lego together. I am so very sorry for your loss, and I hope you can find strength in each other during this difficult time.
April 21, 2022
Chrystia and Bohdan Kolos
Щирі співчуття! Our sincere condolences to Marta and Walter, and the rest of the family. May Matviyko rest in peace - Вічная Пам‘ять!
April 21, 2022
Halya, Adam & Alexa
Words are inadequate to express the deep sadness we feel at the tragic loss of Matviyko. Our hearts go out to you and your family in your sorrow. Please know that you are not alone as you face the daunting path of grief and mourning.
April 21, 2022
Jdjdn Rip Rip
April 21, 2022
Roman Stepczuk
So sorry Marta and Walter.
April 21, 2022
Oksana and George Rewa
Vichnaya Pamyat. Oksana and I send condolences to Marta and Walter on this the loss of their son.
April 21, 2022
My most vivid memory of Matthew is as a 7-year-old doing his homework at the dining room table and being distracted by having this extra person in the house (me). Many years and many trials have passed.... Marta and Walter, may you progress bravely through your sadness and cherish good memories.
April 21, 2022
Janice Brooks & Kevin Duffy
Marta & Walter. My heart is breaking for you and the devastating loss you have experienced. I remember so vividly when you came home from the Ukraine with your little "Tractorist" (was that the expression?) - a boy who loved tractors and who brought so much joy with him. Much love and condolences.
April 21, 2022
Amanda Baskwill
Marta, I am sorry to hear about your loss. I hope you are surrounded by the love and support of your family and friends. My thoughts are with you and your family in this difficult time.
April 20, 2022
Jason Powell
Marta and family, It is with a heavy heart, I send this message of condolence to you all. Marta, your Humber family hurts when you hurt, and we are all standing beside you at this most dark time. I hope, in the coming days, you are able to find solace in small reflections and memories of better times with your dear son! We are sending all of our thoughts and prayers to you and Family Marta.