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Friday February 9, 2018


On February 4, 2018, Martin passed away peacefully at his home in Belmont House, Toronto at age 86. Martin will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Patricia (Woollcombe) of 59 years; and by his four children, George, Tony (Sarah Eliot), Sarah (Colin Bugler) Diana (Ian Sansom); and six grandchildren, Jack and Harry, Colin and Daphne, Hamilton and Hudson; and many nieces and nephews. He was survived by his brothers, David (Mag) and D'Arcy (Anne). Martin was born in Calgary in 1931 and is predeceased by his parents, The Right Reverend George Nasmith Luxton (Bishop of Huron) and Dorothy Catherine Martin of Hamilton. Martin graduated from Trinity College School in Port Hope (TCS), The University of Western Ontario (BA) and Osgoode Hall. Martin was called to the Ontario Bar in 1958. He was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from McMaster University in 1998. Martin learned at an early age that service to the community was important and he volunteered extensively for many Hamilton area organizations. Martin's community leadership roles included, but are not limited to: Warden, Christ's Church Cathedral, President of Hamilton Community Foundation, President of Opera Hamilton, President of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, President of The Tamahaac Club, Chairman of the Board of Governors of McMaster University, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hamilton Place, Chairman of The Hamilton Club, President of the Hamilton Law Association, and a Director of National Trust Company Ltd. Martin practised corporate law as a senior partner at Martin & Martin (Martin's) in Hamilton which was founded in 1895 by his great- -grandfather Edward Martin and grandfather D'Arcy Martin. The majority of his fifty year legal career was with Martin & Martin. Following the closure of Martins, Martin joined Ross McBride LLP where he practised law until he retired. Martin followed in his two uncles' footsteps (Argue and Hubert Martin) in squash and became an Ontario junior squash champion. He was a voracious reader and actively read a wide variety of North American newspapers and magazines. Martin was a loving and generous person who gave considerable time in support of family, friends and the community. Martin and Patricia enjoyed spending time with family and hosting friends on Home Island, Lake Joseph, Muskoka and on Gasparilla Island, Florida. The family is grateful for the care given by Dr. Bradley Birmingham and all the very caring staff on Two West at Belmont House. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Alzheimer Society or Christ's Church Cathedral Hamilton would be greatly appreciated. A service of Thanksgiving will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 12, 2018 at Christ's Church Cathedral, 252 James Street North, Hamilton, Ontario.

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