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Dr. Manuel (Manny) Matas July 5, 1945 – October 30, 2022

Manny Matas was the most kind, considerate soul you could meet. He offered unconditional love to his family and friends, and as a psychiatrist for 42 years, exceptional care to his patients. Manny was born in Winnipeg on July 5th, 1945, the second of three brothers. He accelerated through school at Greenway, Brock-Corydon, River Heights, and Grant Park, where he was a member of the Manitoba winning team on the TV quiz show Reach for the Top. He attended the University of Manitoba, where he graduated from medicine. At McGill University, he specialized in psychiatry, becoming the youngest psychiatrist in Canada at age 23.
Manny worked in psychiatry in Montreal, London, and Toronto, before returning to Winnipeg to work at St. Boniface Hospital. In addition to patient care, Manny was active in teaching residents, and also contributed to the hospital community through administrative roles including Medical Director of Adult Outpatient Psychiatry and Acting Head of the Department of Psychiatry. Later, he worked in private practice.
Manny was a prolific writer whose contributions included scholarly psychiatric works, published in peer-reviewed medical journals, along with almost 300 letters to the Editor in the Globe and Mail. Manny wrote the book “The Borders of Normal: A Psychiatrist De-Stigmatizes the Paranormal”, which was a finalist for Whistler Independent Book Awards in 2019.
Manny was a talented photographer and portrait artist and was an elected member of The Portrait Society of Canada. A selection of his works was exhibited in Winnipeg in 2017 and 2018. A collection of his works can be viewed on Instagram.
Manny loved meeting new people and had a special ability to connect with others. He travelled regularly to explore the world and visit his family. Manny loved movies and books, visiting art galleries, seeing live music, theatre, contemporary dance and ballet. He was patient, thoughtful, and caring, a good listener who offered non-judgmental advice. He was open minded to people and new ideas, and was endlessly curious about the mind and the mysteries of reality. Manny was optimistic, always finding the bright side of things and helping those around him stay positive.
Manny’s family was the centre of his world and they loved him back beyond measure. He was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Esther Matas. He leaves behind his daughters Anna (David) and Sylvia (Mike), his brothers David and Robert (Alicia), his grandchildren Esther Mae, Asher, and Noa, sister-like cousin Carol (Per), brother-like cousin Lew (Nora), and many other dearly loved cousins, nieces, and nephews. His passing leaves a gaping hole in the lives of all who knew him.
The funeral service was held on Tuesday, November 1st, 2022. An archived video of the funeral service can be found on the Shaarey Zedek website.
The family would like to thank the staff at St Boniface Hospital and Cancer Care. Donations in Manny’s honour can be made to some of his favourite charities: Tree Canada, World Wildlife Fund, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

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