October 31, 1953 – December 1, 2022
Our Dad, Gordon Martin at the age of 69 while in the Beausejour Hospital passed away on December 1, 2022.
He is predeceased by his Mom (Elsie), Dad (Peter) and brother (Richard).
He is survived by his daughter Kristy (Randy Magnusson), son Ryan (Melissa). Grandchildren, Sarah, Rachel and Peter. His sister Shirley (Ron Sepke), and sister in law Eve. Numerous nieces and nephews.
Dad was born and raised in Winnipeg, affectionally calling himself a “North End Boy”. Many stories he shared about his schooling at Andrew Mynarski and Tec Voc. Time spent at the Lincoln as a young man. However, the memories that brought him the most joy was staying with his Baba and Gigi at the homestead in Tolstoi, Manitoba.
Always on to a new adventure, he was never idle for long. A route to BC to deliver Pepsi by truck, driving the Beaver Bus, time spent as a taper in construction, a courier route daily to Brandon…just to name a few. In 1980, his life brought him to the Lockport area. Dad purchased the Lockport Feed Mill, on River Road. Up until his retirement, our Dad also built a successful Fire Stop and attic insulation company that started at the kitchen table in our house on “the Avenue”. If you knew our Dad, he was always talking about planning his next business adventure. Dad always provided for everyone the best he could, from the big stuff to the little stuff, like the great deals he would get and share, like dropping off a chunk of bologna or kulbasa at your door.
Dad was able to retire in his dream cabin he built in the Lee River area. He purchased all his “toys” and loved it when people were able to come visit. Time at the lake was spent with his cherished friend Bev. They both enjoyed coffee on the deck, and adventures into the town of Lac du Bonnet. Always a stop at a thrift store and the meat draw at the local legion. His friend Danny would often make the trip from St. Andrews to Lac Du Bonnet to enjoy a beer with Dad.
As Dad’s health changed, he moved to Selkirk. Life was not always easy for Dad, but he always made the best of his days. Living in town, he was closer to A&W, where he was known as the “Papa Burger, extra onion guy”. His days were made better thanks to the love and support from his neigbours on his street. Dad, never idle, created his own support system on the street, he had perogi lady, a cleaner, a guy who cleared his snow…just to name a few! Thank you to everyone who supported our Dad, made his life easier and brought him joy. We would like to share our immense gratitude to Dad’s direct neighbours, who were constantly helping Dad as if he was their family, and for all the visits to the hospital.
Life is like a puzzle, and our Dad’s is now complete. Every piece, is a person and memory, and although we cannot name every one of you please know how important you were in our Dad’s and family journey.
A celebration of our Dad’s life will take place on December 20, 2022 at 1:30pm. We will be gathering at the Selkirk Legion in friendship to honour our Dad. If you so desire, a donation can be made in our Dad’s honour to CNIB in support of Guide Dogs.
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