OBITUARY

Martin A. Garbutt

September 11, 1950March 16, 2020

With deep regret, we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Martin Gustaf Allan Garbutt on Monday, March 16, 2020. Devoted husband of Louise Garbutt for 47 years, loving father to Marlene (Brent) Barnes and proud poppa to Alexander, Abigael, Breanne and Quinten. Predeceased by parents Norman & Ruth Garbutt, brother Bruce (Genevieve) Garbutt, nephew Tayler Garbutt, parents in law Fidele & Marie Belliveau and brother in law Alderice Belliveau. Martin is survived by his brothers Michael (Tina), Brian (Amanda), Robert (Carolyn), & Richard Garbutt; his sisters Kathryn (David) Linton & Karen (Thomas) Kahle, and many nieces and nephews. Martin is survived by his brother in law Fred (Marg) Belliveau and family. Above all else, Martin was a devoted family man. Never far from the side of his loving wife Louise, they built amazing memories together: camping, swimming, fishing, scuba diving, long country drives and hikes together. Martin took great joy in watching his daughter Marlene grow from a precocious little girl into a strong, beautiful woman with a family of her own. When she married Brent, he knew she had found a good, dependable man to have by her side. He adored his grandchildren, and spent many happy hours teaching them, and reliving his childhood through their eyes. We will miss his kindness, generosity, mischievous spirit, his laughter and friendship; but he left us all with many wonderful memories to cherish for years to come. In God's keeping, and welcomed home with open arms by family gone before him.

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Katelin Linton

March 25, 2020

Uncle Marty was a great guy, and he made every room he walked into more fun. He was one of those people who genuinely lived life to the fullest. I'll remember him every time I eat a jolly rancher, or play a prank on one of my brothers, or look at the horrible ugly Halloween Christmas tree he bought for my mom and made her display in her house for an entire year. My condolences Aunty Lou, Marlene and family.
xoxo Katelin

Judy Hall

March 23, 2020

I grew up on 5th Line East with Marty and his siblings. I remember his loving teasing nature and his kindness to my Mom and Dad (Bill and Emma Foster). He always gave the best hugs whenever we would meet up and could talk your ear off. Once at his house he took my Mom and I proudly around his garden rhyming off all the names of various things planted. Mom and I were too kind to tell him we didn't have a clue what he is talking about but just nodded anyway. Always in my heart Marty, until we meet again.

Colin Linton

March 22, 2020

Uncle Marty might as well have had his name stamped down in the thesaurus under prankster. Every story I’ve heard throughout my life and every memory I can think of involving him starts with something a little nefarious or deviant and ends in laughter. It seemed like Uncle Marty was always interested in whatever you had to chat about, or would always have a new story to bust out from back in the day. He brought nothing but happiness and joy to my life, I miss him dearly.

David P. Linton

March 22, 2020

Marty you treated me like family almost as soon as we met, (even though you used to tell little 2 year old Marlene to stay away from my big shoes in case she fell into one and was lost forever!) And it was always appreciated. We became fast friends and shared many good laughs together. Your love of life was always welcomed and the unique and numerous tricks you played on Louise were a constant source of amusement. Just last evening Kathy was telling the kids about the trick on Louise with the deodorant (which was really a glue stick you had doctored) and we all had a great chuckle remembering. My favourite memory was the big birthday party Kathy had for me when you made a delicious watermelon fruit bowl that was marinating in a little alcohol for the occasion. That went over very well, thanks buddy! I know you have had a good and fruitful life filled with love and affection from everyone that knew you. It is time for your next journey and our thoughts will always be with you. We will miss you.

Amanda Morris

March 21, 2020


My first great memory with Martin was during his sister Kathy's wedding. His brother Michael tried to get me to dance and I refused because I was too shy. Eventually I got up enough courage to dance with him and afterwards I danced with another brother.. but it wasn't Martin. As I went back to the seating area, there was my brother-in-law Martin. He was seated in a chair and I said to him, "You look like You are concentrating on something." I didn't really know him that well at the time: this was one of our first conversations together. He looked like he had his thinking cap on. And I told him this ...and that was when he revealed that he was thinking about his work at Tonka Toys. And he said something about, he was thinking about a new toy he was creating at his work. From a change of pace from dancing to seeing Martin sitting in quiet contemplation was a happy memory for me. Love and Hugs and my condolences to all the Garbutts,
A. Garbutt

David Linton

March 21, 2020

I'll always remember our Uncle for his creativity, and for how eager and skillful he was when it came time to put that imagination to work. Many times my mother and I would approach Uncle Marty with an idea for a new game or activity we had come across, and then would watch his excitement trump our own as he got to work bringing the concept to life. I can't think of a better way for me to remember my Uncle than on a sunny way when one of his projects comes out of the shed, and our family has another chance to play together thanks to Uncle Marty.

Mitchel Linton

March 21, 2020

My uncle Marty was just a great guy, he had a way to make me laugh every time we were together. That was fun because he had such a unique voice and his laughter was contagious. Besides his love for gardening, fishing and swimming, I remember that he loved Jolly Rancher candy and always seemed to have some in his pocket to share. I will miss seeing him at our backyard bbq's and around the dining table at Christmas. I was lucky to have you in my life, you were great and will be missed a lot. Love Mitchel

Breanne Barnes

March 21, 2020

As a granddaughter of Martin, I have shared many happy and fun memories with him and the family over the years.
We will be saying our goodbyes momentarily and would like everyone who knew Marty, and shared special memories with him to know that we have you all in mind today. As this situation is already difficult for everyone, we wish that we could all gather together as one to celebrate his life and say goodbye. But we are all doing our best, and we all appreciate every kind word and message that has been sent. We thank every one for being here for us in spirit, as we know you would all wish to be here.
Thank you again.

Michael Garbutt

March 21, 2020

Martin was my favorite little brother and best friend. We moved out of the family home together, had our first bachelor apartment together. I was his best man at his wedding as he was at mine. We bought our first houses around the corner from each other in Bramalea. Our two families spent a lot of time with each other. He will be missed by our children as Martin was their favorite Uncle and Tina"s favorite brother in law. the list of memories and Good Times goes on and on. Martin will be missed by the whole Garbutt family.
Rest in Peace my Brother

Jennifer Frey

March 21, 2020

Marty was such a wonderful uncle to have in one’s life. He was so much fun and always encouraged me, as a pretty “follow the rules” kind of kid, to break them and get a little dirty. I’ll always remember his love of animals and gardening, and how creative he was. There was always something new to see in the backyard on Elrose- some new creature in the pond or awesome new plants. And he was a master at cannonballs and had the best laugh. RIP Uncle Marty. We love you very much. Our sincerest condolences Aunt Louise, Marlene and family.

FROM THE FAMILY