Community supports Swaby family after agricultural accident

“Your support will help Carla and the boys with the funeral, ranch expenses, education and hopefully some things that can make Carla and the boys smile… making life a little more manageable,” Hoffart said on the GoFundMe page. “Your support will have a huge impact this holiday season and is extremely appreciated by Carla and the boys.”

Details of Swaby’s honor will be shared by the family.

Matt played hockey for many years with local teams such as the Prince Albert Mintos and was captain of the Edmonton Oil Kings and the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League. Several teams offered their condolences to the family this week.

He also played for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, Shellbrook Elks and Kinistino Tigers.

Delores Saunders, who lives a mile from where the Swaby family resides, said Matt was an amazing person, always friendly, smiling, ready to help and a family man.

“We’re just in shock at what happened,” Saunders told paNOW.

She explained that they learned of the accident on Friday night and couldn’t believe what happened.

“I had to slap myself to say ‘is that true? It cannot be. It can’t be Matt, ”she said. “It doesn’t seem fair because we see it every day on the road. He transported bullets or controlled livestock. Matt wasn’t just a farmer himself, it was a family business. His wife would help him drive the combine at harvest time. The little boys were always with him, loving every moment.

She added that the financial support the Swaby’s have received so far through GoFundMe is a sign of respect, support and love for the family.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all. It’s wonderful, I know they will be all the support they need for their families. It will never bring Matt back, but it’s amazing how everyone ends up in a tragedy like this, ”she said.

Rural Municipality of PA Reeve Eric Schmalz, who was a good friend of Matt’s, explained that Swaby was a five-star friend and he couldn’t ask for a better person to be around.

“He would drop everything on a phone call and come and race to help a friend or neighbor who needed it,” Schmalz said.

Schmalz described Matt as a dedicated family man who was an important part of this community.

“I don’t think you can say that Matt was just a member of our community. I think the outpouring of support, the wishes of happiness, the thoughts and condolences that are pouring in from everywhere, you know not only the community here, but the region, even the province and beyond, ”he said. said, adding that he had received messages from people Matt. played hockey with in the United States

The situation, he says, is heartbreaking yet heartwarming at the same time to see how many people feel the same for Matt. When he met Matt, Schmalz said he had the ultimate team player mentality. If he knew someone was up to something in his life, he was the type of guy to uplift everyone.

“The world is a better place to have had Matt in it.”

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