Memorial Gathering, Saturday, July 27, 2013, 1 – 5 p.m., family residence
Donald Leslie Martin was born & raised in New Westminster BC February 5, 1934.
Passed away peacefully at Shuswap Lake General Hospital, Salmon Arm BC July 11, 2013.
After a very strong will to recuperate from open heart surgery at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver BC April 17, 2013.
Don retired from BC Telephone company on June 1, 1989 after 35 years of service.
Don loved the outdoors taking the family on many camping trips all over BC.
He was a great bird hunter from Ladner to Grinrod with Mary, the kids and dog Prince. He loved salmon fishing the Chilliwack, Fraser & the Thompson River at Big Horn for Steelhead & trips to the sunshine coast.
Don had a passion for lacrosse & hockey with a history of playing & coaching. In 1953 he won a Minto Cup playing junior lacrosse for the New Westminster Salmonacs.
Don refereed & coached Surrey Minor Hockey & the Jr. B Surrey Stampeders 1972-73. He was a great inspiration to the kids in hockey & Surrey Minor Lacrosse Assoc. Senior hockey took him to Santa Rosa California to play in the Snoopy World Senior Tournament 1984-1991.
Don was a dedicated volunteer firefighter for the Surrey Fire Dept. Hall #2 for 18 years.
Golf & gardening became a very enjoyable pastime as well as time spent at the cabin on Sulphurous Lake fishing & hunting in the Caribou.
Don was predeceased by (granddaughter) Kaitlynn, (daughter) Leslie, (son-in-law) Roger & (Sister) Irene Berg, (Brother) Sid Martin also his (nephew) Martin Pritchard.
Survived by the love of his life Mary, of 60 years. Don Martin Jr.(Voula, Chloe, Louis & very special great grand daughter Maci Van Schaik), Kathy (Gord Phillips, Chad, Adam, Reed Andronik). Also sister Hazel Pritchard of New Westminster BC & nieces & nephews.
A special thank you to Dr. Joan Bratty & Dr. Ross McDonald & Staff. Dr. Scott McKee & the staff of Shuswap Lake General Hospital. Bastion Place, Community Care, Paramedics for their compassion & help, & the staff of St. Paul’s Hospital.
Family & Friends are welcome to gather to share stories & memories of Don’s life on Saturday July 27th 1-5 pm at Don & Mary’s home 2251-1st Ave. SE, Salmon Arm.
Happy Trolling Don on Sulphurous Lake, may the fish always be biting!