Gertie MARTIN

Gertie MARTIN

Gertie Martin Mom, Grandma, Nana. I often heard my mother say her name was just Gertie, not Gertrude and no middle name. She was born on July 20th, 1921 in

Winnipeg, Manitoba, a Harrison, the third child of nine. She is survived by my dad (Lawrence or Lorne) her husband of 67 years. She is also survived by one sibling, her sister Alice, who was her Maid of Honour, two grandchildren, Michelle Sohl (Jonn) and Murray, four great grandchildren, Kourtnie, Kendra, Mollie and William. Too many nieces and nephews to name. She and my dad were next door neighbours in Winnipeg for

many years until my dad’s family moved to Vancouver in the mid 30s. Mom’s family moved out the following year to be met at the railroad station by my dad’s family who helped them settle in

Vancouver. They were married on June 26th, 1943. Mom was proud of her Irish heritage and was a member of The Orange Lodge for more years than I can remember and was a Past Grand Mistress as seen in the above photo. She loved her siblings and although, not the oldest, was always the first to lend assistance to her brothers and sisters. Mom spent her working career in the men’s clothing business and it was her dream to open a store that specialized in men’s work clothing, this was in the late 50s, way ahead of its time. She dressed me and my dad well and I learned from her, the importance of a good tie. The tie sends the message of the care taken in assembling your outfit, a good tie could make an average jacket look so much better. She taught me how to tie a double Windsor knot, properly iron a shirt, and Please and Thank Yous were always a must. Mom made the world’s best macaroni and cheese as well as raisin tarts. As an only child I could do no wrong in Mom’s eyes and she was my biggest supporter. I will miss her greatly. Thanks Mom, Your Loving Son, Gerry


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