Gerald Edmond Martin (Gerry)
The Martin Family mourns the loss of their patriarch, who passed away peacefully on December 25, 2021 at the Houses of Providence in Toronto at the age of 86.
Gerry was born on May 31, 1935 in Montreal and married the love of his life, Jai Sook Kim, in 1963. In 1970 they moved to Toronto with their children Laura and Patrick. After retiring from the Metropolitan Separate School Board in 1998, Gerry and Jai lived near Honeywood Ontario in the country home they built overlooking the Niagara Escarpment. In 2017 they moved to Toronto to be closer to family.
In addition to Jai, Laura and Patrick, Gerry will be missed by son-in-law Raimond Vintuks and daughter-in-law Maria Martin, and grandchildren Julie, Joey, Christian, and Ellie. He leaves behind his younger siblings Marguerite Dunlop (Peter) and Raymond (Arleen).
Donations in his memory to St Francis Table or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
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I am sorry for your loss, condolences to you and your famiy.
We met Gerry when my wife’s sister married Patrick. We would see Gerry at family occasions and around the holidays. Once, during a visit at his retirement oasis near Prince of Wales road just East of Honeywood, we ended up in a very close and spirited ping pong match in the barn where Gerry liked to do carpentry. Despite my best efforts, Gerry came out on top and has remained the champion since. Gerry was a frank and knowledgeable man who always spoke his mind. If he disagreed with you…well, you were sure to know it. Much like myself, Gerry was a crossword puzzle lover so it was great to see his puzzles scattered about and to share tips. I recall his storytelling all of which seemed to involve either a motorcycle or a car going too fast. He was very proud of his children’s accomplishments although he was reticent about telling Laura and Patrick directly. Lastly, I remember the one and perhaps only time he seemed a little disconcerted. We were at his place on the escarpment when the phone rang and he picked it up. He broadcast the message in his strong voice announcing something about “Patrick’s fiancée”, unknowingly letting the cat out of the bag. There was a stunned silence as those of us in the room exchanged surprised glances. Looking perplexed, Gerry asked, “What did I say?”
We will miss Gerry’s robust personality at family gatherings but will remember him whenever we see the Martins. Our sincerest condolences,
Rob, Cecilia, McKinley and Robbie Inglis
Thank you, Rob and family, for this lovely memorial. I appreciate that you shared these memories, but I think you have forgotten the canoe stories. “Robust personality” is a nice turn of phrase, too!
Prof. Andrew M. McDonald
One of the truly greatest teachers I ever had the joy of learning under. He taught not the rote, but the knowledge of learning. I remember many a fine chess game with him as a student; he generally kicked our butts, but was always humble about it and encouraged to learn from the errs of our ways. Nearly 50 years later, I can still vividly recall our class in a dingy, cold portable at St. Judes, but the warmth he brought to it always made it feel like an incredibly cozy place. RIP Mr. Martin and here’s to a life well lived!