1997 - 2018

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Grudecki(2018)

Dalton Stephen Grudecki passed away in Brooks, Alberta on Sunday, November 4, 2018, at the age of 21 years. Dalton was born on January 3, 1997, in Medicine Hat to Christine Marie Grudecki and Felix Brian Matheson. He was raised in Redcliff and graduated with honours from Eagle Butte High School in 2015. Pursuing his passion to further his education, Dalton attended the Medicine Hat College enrolling in Nursing, obtaining honour roll status and was to graduate in May 2019. In preparation of his career, he had been employed at Alberta Health Services as a student RN. He truly found his passion in life helping others. Dalton was unforgettable... his infectious smile and contagious laughter brightened everyone’s day. Dalton was a social butterfly with a beautiful heart and was extremely gifted in creating specialty cakes... he was a little Cake Boss! He loved his LEGO, dinosaurs and horror movies. Dalton’s love for music, fashion and dancing showed in every aspect of his life - he could really bust a move! Dalton was passionate about volleyball and his love for the game spanned through junior high and into his college days. He was not just an exceptional player and team leader, but an enthusiastic motivator, spurring his teammates on to win many city wide and zone championships. Dalton achieved many certificates in coaching and nursing. As a youth, he participated in Beavers and Cubs. Recently he contributed his creativity to the RN grad committee and he was proud to support the pride movement in Medicine Hat. Dalton loved to travel, embarking on local Canadian adventures and trips as far as Cuba and the Dominican Republic. He will be forever remembered by the warmth of his enormous hugs and his ability to love wholeheartedly. Dalton leaves to cherish his memory, his mother, Christine Grudecki (Steven Bartram); grandmother, Velma Grudecki; uncle, Michael Grudecki (Crystal Melnychuk); children: Ryland, Adrianna and Emersyn); uncle, Phillip Grudecki (Denise Butterfield) (children: Connor and Landon ); auntie, Tracey Burgart; father, Felix Matheson (Kirsti Spilsbury) (children: Jayda Dopp-Matheson, Addison Matheson and Dylan Dopp); grandfather, Robert Matheson; his beloved pet, Roper as well as numerous family members and multitude of friends. He will be welcomed into the loving arms of many family members and friends who have passed before him. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so starting one hour prior to Vigil Prayers which will be recited at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. Additional viewing will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel on Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and again one hour prior to the Celebration of Dalton’s life which will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel on Friday, November 9, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant Gerry Getz officiating.


  1. Judith G:
    Nov 06, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    My heart aches for your loss. He will be dearly missed. Rest in Peace.

  2. Philip Steinke:
    Nov 06, 2018 at 11:37 AM

    So sorry for you. Sending love and hugs to all of you. If there is anything I can do please call 403 548 8596

  3. Dannette Morgan:
    Nov 06, 2018 at 03:25 PM

    Christine we are so sorry for the loss of your precious son. Dalton was a kind ,creative and handsome man who will be truly missed by many.
    Dannette and Scott Morgan

  4. Nhorrie Bilog:
    Nov 06, 2018 at 04:29 PM

    My Deepest Sympathy!
    My words cannot fully express the sorrow I feel after learning about the death of DALTON GRUDECKI... May you ever treasure the wonderful times you had and my prayers are with your whole family..
    Brooks, LTC, AHS

  5. Tami A:
    Nov 06, 2018 at 04:29 PM

    You must be so heartbroken Christine. All of my thoughts and prayers are with you to help you get through this incredibly sad time. I am totally at a loss for words as I just read about Dalton and I sit here crying. If there is anything at all that I can do for you please let me know. "Wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow & comfort in the midst of pain.”

  6. Mark and Barb Schmaltz:
    Nov 06, 2018 at 07:54 PM

    Our deepest condolences to you Christine. Dalton was a wonderful man who will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  7. Deanne Keats:
    Nov 06, 2018 at 09:15 PM

    We are deeply saddened by the news of Dalton’s passing. Our heart felt condolences to you and your family. Dalton was such an amazing person he will in our memories forever.

  8. Rhonda Stafford:
    Nov 07, 2018 at 02:15 AM

    Chris, to you and your family, I am so very sorry to hear about Dalton’s passing, no words can express enough the heartache you are going through, just know my heart aches for you but with each passing day the love and memories you have will always be with you♥️ Love you always

  9. Tammy:
    Nov 07, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    My condolences Christine. Im so sorry to hear of your loss.

  10. Pat Beebe:
    Nov 07, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    To Dalton family. We the families of Darryl Lepine and Carla Lepine (mother of Dillon Chernowsky) and Patricia Beebe a close friend of the family wish to send our deepest condolences in the loss of Dalton. There is many memories of all times he stayed with Dillon and even made his birthday cake. He was a great kid and will forever be remembered by all of us.

  11. Nancy Voort:
    Nov 07, 2018 at 12:32 PM

    We have no words for you Christine. Just can’t imagine. Know we are thinking of Dalton as we knew him as a child always sensitive and caring. And with you, our humbled prayers. We are so so sorry for this great loss.
    Nancy, Sera & Skyla.

  12. Jenn Leung:
    Nov 07, 2018 at 01:52 PM

    Christine and family

    Where there are no words....know the silences are carrying the thoughts and rays of light of all who love you. My deepest sympathies on the loss of Dalton.

  13. Jane:
    Nov 07, 2018 at 05:20 PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Dalton in Medicine Hat and truly enjoyed his kind and fun attitude. I was so sad to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family and friends.

  14. Karen W:
    Nov 07, 2018 at 07:29 PM

    Please accept my deepest condolences for Your loss! Words cannot even begin to express the sorrow felt by his passing.

  15. Roxy and Darren Carnelli:
    Nov 07, 2018 at 08:03 PM

    Christine and Family,
    We are truly sorry to hear of Dalton's passing. I never got to meet him, but he sounded like a wonderful young man. Our heartfelt condolences.

  16. Marge Braaten:
    Nov 07, 2018 at 09:40 PM

    I am so sorry to hear about Dalton. He was a really sweet person and he will be missed.

  17. Jolaine Kunz:
    Nov 07, 2018 at 09:59 PM

    Dear Christine,
    I’m so sorry for your loss.. As a mother of a son of similar age, I can only imagine your grief. I hope you take comfort in the many memories you have of Dalton. I remember seeing the two of you in Lethbridge when he came to play volleyball. It doesn’t seem all that long ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in these difficult moments.

  18. Karen Rowe:
    Nov 07, 2018 at 10:02 PM

    I had the pleasure of working with Dalton in the Emergency department. He was an amazing young man, with a smile I will never forget. We shared many moments of both happiness, and sadness... Farewell my friend❤️

  19. Carrie Osborn:
    Nov 08, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Hugs & prayer's to you Felix. So very sorry for your loss. xo

  20. Irene Dufour:
    Nov 08, 2018 at 12:42 PM

    Dalton and I had easy, meaningful conversations as we worked for a time in the MHRH ER. A passionate young man who was bursting with best intentions, and compassion. I am so saddened by his loss.

  21. Lori Frank:
    Nov 08, 2018 at 04:22 PM

    Christine - I am heartbroken for you. I can only imagine the pain and grief you are feeling. I pray you find peace as time passes and comfort in the memories you had with Dalton. You are never far from my thoughts and I pray for you and your family at this very difficult time.

  22. Alannah:
    Nov 08, 2018 at 04:22 PM

    I taught Dalton at the college and he was a wonderful student and person. I am so sorry for your loss.

  23. Kathy Adams:
    Nov 08, 2018 at 05:18 PM

    Dear Christine,
    My heart and prayers go out to you at this difficult time. I am deeply saddened by your loss. May your memories of Dalton and the love of friends and family surround you and give you strength and peace in the days ahead.

  24. Marla Baxley:
    Nov 08, 2018 at 08:22 PM

    The family of this young man wouldn’t know me. I’m just a stranger and I read the obituary. He seemed like a wonderful young man so active and full of soul. I offer my condolences to his family. Sincerely, Marla Baxley

  25. Harvey & Joyce Stebner:
    Nov 09, 2018 at 12:26 AM

    My wife and I had the privilege of meeting Dalton when I was a patient in 2N in the Medicine Hat hospital. We commented several times to each other, family and friends, how good his bedside manner was and also his excellent abilities with wounds and dressings. He was a very talented young man and sounded so proud of the position he was assuming at the Brooks Hospital. So sad to lose this fine young man.
    Our condolences go out to his Family and Friends.

  26. Barbara Mac Neil:
    Nov 09, 2018 at 07:04 AM

    So very sorry to hear about Dalton!! Our deepest condolences to you all...Rest in Peace Dalton.. Uncle R.J and Barbara...

  27. Maxine Christensen:
    Nov 09, 2018 at 01:33 PM

    My deepest sympathies to you on your loss. I have fond memories of watching our boys play sports in their junior high years and Dalton was such a talented young man. I was so sad to hear of his passing and my heart breaks for the pain I know you must be going through. Please know that our family is holding you in our thoughts and prayers.