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Henderson's Fraser Valley Funeral Home

34537 Marshall Road, Abbotsford, BC

OBITUARY

Martin Emigh Chambers

February 14, 1959December 28, 2019

Martin Emigh Chambers was ushered into the presence of his Lord peacefully at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital surrounded by family with his loving and adored wife Margaret at his side on December 28th, 2019. He is survived by his children Alex (Aimee) Chambers, Lucy (Chris) Lynett, Jason (Lisa) Moodie, and Melanie (Chris) Barclay as well as his seven grandchildren, Annika, Seamus, Declan, Rachel, Luke, Jacob, and Ralph. Martin will be missed by his sister Sharon Hamel and brother Bill (Hildegarde) Chambers. He is predeceased by his father William Chambers, mother Willetta (Emigh) Chambers, brother Vernon Chambers, and brother-in-law Martin Hamel.

Martin was born in Denver Colorado on February 14th, 1959. In Martin’s young life his family moved to Calgary, Alberta where he stayed for many years. In addition to raising a family and exercising his talents in the investment community, with a focus primarily on building meaningful friendships with clients, Martin volunteered his time in a number of different organizations throughout the years. He actively participated with political campaigns in his early adult life, was involved in Minor Hockey, and worked with Wood’s Homes Foundation.

Martin enjoyed golfing, travelling, and music. Recently, Martin treasured the time he and Margaret spent “jamming” on Friday nights with friends.

His optimism, joy and encouragement will be greatly missed.

A special thanks to the ICU team at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital for their wonderful care and support.

A service will be held at Heritage Alliance Church in Abbotsford, 3440 Mount Lehman Road at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 25th, 2020.

Donations in memory of Martin can be made to Heritage Alliance Church Missions Fund at http://www.heritagealliance.ca/giving/ or to The Royal Canadian Legion at https://www.legion.ca/remembrance/the-poppy-campaign/donate-to-the-poppy-fund.

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Louise Lapierre

January 16, 2020

It was a gift to have Martin join me in yoga classes and I feel privileged to have gotten to know him over these last few years. His sense of humour was brilliant and he added joy to our class. Martin loved music and his guitars, and to hear him speak of he and Margaret’s jamming sessions was awesome. I loved it when he was so excited about a song that he just had share it with me. His love for Margaret, his family and his colleagues (including Chumpy) was palpable and deep.
Martin, the light and spirit in me honours the light and the spirit that is you. Namaste.

Cassidy Fonseca-Knutson

January 16, 2020

My deepest and most sincere condolences to Margaret, the Chambers family and the Cindy Boury team.
I had the pleasure of working with Martin. In that short time we joked, talked about music, travelling and I got to see him work hard at his craft, always with BNN on the TV in the background.
Martin will be missed.
Sending love and strength to you all during this difficult time.
Cassidy Fonseca-Knutson & Cody Melnychuk

May Chung

January 16, 2020

Dear Martin,
We were introduced to you and young Neil after our arrival from Toronto almost 3 decades ago. You were at a major banking institution, but every time you moved, we followed...don’t mess with a good thing! We thank you for passing along your values of family, friendship and professionalism to Neil and Stan. We are confident that they will look after us, as if you are still with the team. You left us too soon and you will be missed by all.
💕💕 May and Robin

Hildegarde Chambers

January 15, 2020

I so appreciate my brother-in-law’s efforts over the years to bring family together. Martin and Margaret hosted many meals and gatherings in their various homes, always extending hospitality to family members, despite any inconveniences and hard work in this endeavor. They made an effort to keep in touch with extended family and to assist in any way they could, particularly with the younger generations. I will always be grateful that our daughter’s well-being during a difficult time was primary in Martin’s mind in his brief waking moments in the month prior to his passing.

Harvey McKernon

January 14, 2020

You left us way too soon my friend. Thank you for being such a kind and considerate gentleman. One who most definitely put more into this world then you received in return. For that, you set a standard for all young professionals to follow. I am grateful, eternally, to have known you and Margaret.

When my beloved Patriots play against your beloved Steelers, I will always watch with a smile and think of you. Thank you Martin. God Bless and rest peacefully.

Richard Mah

January 13, 2020

Martin became a mentor and friend to me over 25 years ago after I joined Burns Fry, providing me with career help and advice. We also had a shared passion for sports, which enhanced my viewing of hockey and especially football, which Martin had the strongest passion for. I learned to look for different things as a football spectator through his eyes.

One of the highlights of my career was being able to work with him again when we were both at Wellington West. I regret how we lost touch with each other after his team left Wellington West, and I’ve thought of him many times over the past 10 years. Condolences to Margaret from Kara, Art and myself.

Tracy Elliot

January 12, 2020

I was referred to Martin through my Father, James Elliot who would be writing his own commentary if he were still with us.
My father had only praise for Martin as his financial advisor and friend. Martin took me on as a client when I moved to Edmonton, Alberta as a young medical graduate with little "upfront" money to invest. He was kind, thoughtful, and always made time to answer my questions. I remember meeting him for the first time in person , with his young partner Neil, when when they both took time out of their busy schedules to meet with me at my home. Martin exuded warmth, and was unassuming. The values he imbued are shared by his partner Neil, whom I have had the great fortune to keep as an advisor and friend once Martin retired. I am shocked and saddened to hear the news of Martin's passing at such a young age. My sincere condolences to Margaret and his family.

Sue Williams Brawn

January 9, 2020

I valued every interaction with Martin from the first day we met in a small cafe in dt Calgary - he was my first financial advisor when we started dealing with TD as a young couple and I really didn't even know what that meant or why I needed one! One of the first things he told me was that when he first started, no one wanted to give him the time of day and that my father , who was a successful CA, was one of the few people who willingly and happily met with him and helped him on his way. Martin's values infused the way he worked and he returned my dad's small favour to me over and over, and from that moment he had my trust - I stayed with Martin (and later with Neil and Stan) regardless of the company name on the letterhead. I have lost touch with Martin in recent years and am shocked and saddened to hear he has gone from us, much too soon. My condolences to Margaret and his family.

Maryanne Pope

January 8, 2020

Martin was very special to me. I met him shortly after my husband died suddenly when I was 32. Over the years, Martin became a trusted financial advisor to me. He was also a mentor, patiently listening as I sorted out how best to proceed with a new chapter of my life...one that I was not at all enthusiastic about. Martin gave sound financial advice and solid advice about life in general. He helped guide me in my new business. Twenty years later, I still think of Martin's advice from the early days. His wisdom, love and compassion lives on. My heart and prayers go to out his family and Margaret. Thank you for sharing Martin with us. He made a huge difference in my life...and countless others.

Phyllis Kane

January 8, 2020

Martin’s thoughtful and careful financial planning was his gift to me. Martin and Margaret made us very welcome in their home. Martin was one of the greats and our thoughts are with you and your family Margaret.

FROM THE FAMILY