1919 ~ 2006
On September 11, 2006, after bravely battling congested heart failure, Hugh Martin passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital with his family at his side.Hugh was born January 5, 1919 in Vancouver.
On April 24th, 1944, Hugh married the love of his life, Joyce Stanley. Shortly after their marriage, Hugh and Joyce moved to the Comox Valley, where he was employed as a Radio Technician for the Department of Transport. After he left the D.O.T., he went into partnership with Keith Morton at Royston Electric. In the late sixties, they proudly opened a new store on 4th Street in Courtenay… ARV Services. Hugh was one of the fortunate ones, whose work was his hobby. He loved his work!
After he retired in 1982, Hugh and Joyce moved to acreage on Stapley Road. Two of Hugh’s favourite passtimes were winemaking… he enjoyed sharing the fruits of his labours with others and ham radio. Each morning, VE7ZK could be found happily talking to his many ham radio friends. Hugh was also a lover of music. His library of music was extensive. Hugh was a swimming enthusiast and regularly swam with a group of seniors for twenty-five years.
It is difficult in a few words to portray the essence of Hugh. Simply put, he was an independent yet sensitive man, who proudly walked to the beat of his own drummer.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Joyce of 62 years, children: Bob (Karen), Scott (Carol), Larry (Jennifer), Jeff, Joyanne (Lyle Brown), grandchildren: Lisa (Dean Doan), Bryan, April, Todd, Spencer, Nicolas and Alexandra and great-grandchildren: Jeremy and Sarah.
His granddaughter Kristin, his brothers John, Tom, George, Frank, and his sisters: Jessie, May and Evelyn, predeceased Hugh.
The family wish to thank the homecare nurses, the nurses and staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital for all their thoughtfulness and loving care.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 16th at 11:00 am at Piercy’s Funeral Home. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to a charity of their choice.