Herbert (Bert) Martin February 8, 1923 to February 20, 2011 Bert was born in Sarre, England in 1923 and came to Canada with his parents at the age of 18 months, settling in Newcastle, Alberta. He attended school in Drumheller, Alberta. The family later moved to Water Valley to farm. In 1943 Bert joined the Canadian Armed Forces serving overseas during WWII in Italy with PPCLI. His service during the World War also took him to France, Germany, Holland and Belgium. Bert would marry Virginia (Ginny) Wood on May 16, 1953 in St. Thomas, Ontario. Settling in Calgary until 1974 then making their home in Kelowna, British Columbia until 2009. Bert spent his final two years living in Cloverdale and Chilliwack, British Columbia. Bert passed away peacefully in Chilliwack, British Columbia at the age of 88 with family at his bed side. He is lovingly remembered by his daughters Diane Gray (Jim) of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta and Donna Druitt (Paul) of Chilliwack, British Columbia; his sisters Joyce Laveck (Didsbury, AB) and Ellen Sawchuk (Chilliwack, BC); grandchildren Jeff Lanz (Kelli), Ryan Lanz (Nadine), Evan and Colin Gray, Nigel Druitt (Amy) and Jordona Hubber (Mike); great grandchildren Jaina and Ian Druitt, Ayden and Addison Hubber; many nieces and nephews.
Bert was predeceased by his wife Ginny on April 9, 2009; his parents William and Elizabeth; brothers Fred, Ed and Bill.
Bert had a never ending love and affection for all his family and friends. Our heart filled thanks to Department of Veterans Affairs; the staff of Home Support, Chilliwack General Hospital and Cascade Hospice with a special thanks to Dr. Kishi, Dr. Henry and Dr. Bull. A funeral service will be held at the Valleyview Funeral Home at 165 Valleyview Road, Kelowna, British Columbia at 12:30 p.m., February 26, 2011. Visitation will be held on February 25, 2011 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Burial will take place following the service in the “Garden of Hope” at Lakeview Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 2850 Dry Valley Road.
In lieu of flowers please make any donation to a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Valleyview Funeral Home, Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial. Condolences may be made by visiting www.valleyviewfuneralhome.com