Martin, Johannes “Jim”

January 16, 1942 – May 9, 2021
at the age of 79 years:

Looking out the large glass windows of a beautiful home overlooking Shuswap Lake Jim Martin would often comment on how much he loved the view and the peace and quiet of the small town he and his wife Karen retired to in 2006. It was in this home, on May 9, 2021 where Jim (John) Martin passed away at the age of 79. Born in 1942 in Karlsruhe, Ukraine to his parents Andreas and Klara Martin, the family moved to Canada in 1957 when Jim was 15 years old. He started his career as a plumbers apprentice and many years later finally retired while working for the City of Vancouver. As a young man, he loved his cars and owned many over the years with his favorite being a 1957 Red and Cream coloured Ford Fairline convertible which he had when he met Karen and eventually sold to get married. Together they raised three children and were married for 58 years. He is survived by his wife Karen (nee Nash), kids Lisa, Liana (Murray), John (Heather), grandsons Cliff and David in BC and sisters Rosa (Walter), Ottila (Brian), and family in Regina, Saskatchewan.  He will always be remembered as a wonderful husband, dad and brother and thought of by all who knew him as a kind person with a big smile and a generous heart.

18 Comments

  1. You are going to miss the hockey game tonight Hon.

  2. Beautifully written tribute to Jim’s life. He will be missed. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Karen and family.

  3. Mr Martin always made the best sleep over feasts!

    I remember always seeing him stretched out in the sun on the carpet napping!

    See you in the Astral

  4. May you now be at Peace Jim and have found your favourite car once again. Our deepest sympathy to all of the Martin family.

  5. Dear Karen and family:

    Ken and I send our sincerest condolences in the loss of your husband, father and grandfather.

    Jim was a very kind man. He was a perfect gentleman, and also a good worker.

    RIP Jim no more suffering.

  6. Our sincerest sympathy to you Karen, Lisa, Liana and John and all your family.
    Jim was a kind and fun loving person and will be sadly missed by all that knew him. Our love, Roy and Flo

  7. Such a sad day. Jim was a lovely person who always had a smile on his face , Karen you are in our thoughts. Hugs Mark and Maoe

  8. Jim was a lovely man, we have many happy memories of times spent together and that is how we will remember him.
    We send our love to you all at this sad time.

  9. Deepest sympathy Karen and family. RIP Jim.

  10. Dear Karen,
    Jim and I are so sad to hear your loss of Jim. We only knew Jim
    when we visited you on our trips through from Edmonton to Pender Island but we were always welcomed and enjoyed the time we spent with both of you. Sending you many hugs and knowing you will hold on to the memories you both shared.
    Love Pam and Jim

  11. Dear Karen, Lisa, Liana, John and family, This is such a sad time for you all. Wishing you peace in time and pleasure from happy memories. Jill

  12. We are so sorry to hear about Jim… Our sincerest !! Condolences to the family… he will be sadly missed and never forgotten.. RIP Plumber Guy & please repair a few leaks up there.. so we don’t get as much Rain… Hugs to you all..

  13. We are going to miss John very much, and the visits to Blind bay and when Karen and John came to Regina. We will miss the many tours of the area around Blind Bay that they took us on .Our hearts go out to Karen and the family. We will always remember and miss John’s dry humour and his hearty laugh. But we will meet again some day on the big golf course in the sky.

  14. Dear Karen So sorry to hear about Jim

  15. Karen, so sorry to hear about Jim. We have many fond memories from when we lived next to you. Jim would start a project in the a.m. and work until it was completed, Jim, Roy and Martin jogging on Saturday mornings, our bowling teams, camping together etc, In later years visiting us in Kamloops and our visiting you in Blind Bay.

    Group hugs to Lisa, Liana, and John for helping you. Jim would have been pleased.

    Love Jean and Martin Streng

  16. Dear Karen .. Lisa .. Lianna .. and John .. I am so sorry to hear that Jim has passed … I wasn’t aware he was as sick as he obviously was … It’s been so long since I’ve seen all of you and even longer since I’ve seen Jim … It’s always a shock even when you feel it’s coming no matter how ready we think we are … We aren’t … You are all in my thoughts as you walk this walk and try to make the memories your new focus … Big hugs to each one of you .. I would love to see you all again very soon … a glass of wine in hand and reminiscing about old memories and hearing about new ones Sending My love and hugs to you all .

  17. Aunt Karen,
    I’m so so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences. I’m sending you lots of love and light.
    Hugs,

  18. Hi Karen and Family – looks like a lovely Man -has a beautiful twinkle in his eyes. You were all blessed to have him for a time.
    God willing you will see each other again. Love you Karen and miss seeing you. Your TOPS pal, Debbie.

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