OBITUARY

Gerry Martiniuk

August 5, 1937May 2, 2017
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Gerry Martiniuk passed away peacefully at Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Gerry was devoted to his family and public service. In 1965, he married the love of his life, Christine Cheetham (deceased). He was a loving father to Ivan, Andrew, Kirsten and Seth. He adored his granddaughters Amber and Freya. His large and loving extended family including his siblings, Robert and Rosemary, brothers- and sisters-in-law, and nephews and nieces, all of whom, along with his numerous friends and colleagues, will miss his humour and passion for life.

Born in Toronto, he was raised by his Ukrainian parents Timko and Helen (deceased). After graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1962, he started his career in Toronto before moving to Cambridge where he practiced law for over 25 years. In 1968, he was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Counsel designation.

Gerry held public office as an Alderman, School Trustee, and Chair of Waterloo Police Commission. In 1995, he was elected a Member of Provincial Parliament for Cambridge and served for 4 terms spanning 16 years. He was dedicated to serving the people of Cambridge.

Visitation will take place at Barthel Funeral Home (566 Queenston Rd, Cambridge N3H 3J8) on Friday, May 12 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The funeral will take place at Trinity Anglican Church (12 Blair Road Cambridge N1S 2N5) on Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cambridge Memorial Hospital.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, May 12, 2017
  • Visitation Friday, May 12, 2017
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, May 13, 2017
REMEMBERING

Gerry Martiniuk

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Elsa DaPonte

May 13, 2017

Today we said our final good-bye to my former boss and good friend, Gerry. I had the pleasure of working for Gerry the lawyer for 11 years in the 70's/80's and not only was Gerry a kind and thoughtful boss, he became a very good friend. Gerry the MPP was just as caring as Gerry the lawyer. He always made time for his friends. Thank you for reaching out to me when I was sick last year Gerry. It meant so much to me. You will definitely be missed.

Frank Klees

May 13, 2017

I had the privilege of beginning my legislative service with Gerry as the Class of '95. He was a dedicated parliamentarian and brought an inspiring enthusiasm to public service. He touched countless people with his compassion and changed many lives for generations to come. It was an honour to know him and I extend my condolences to his family and many friends,

Pat Singleton

May 12, 2017

On behalf of the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank our sincere sympathy in the passing of a dedicated father, grandfather and community friend.
Gerry was a good friend to our Food Bank and we appreciated stopping by to share concerns and celebrate changes.
Pat Singleton, Executive Director

judie jefferies

May 11, 2017

My son was a Page at Queen's Park ten years ago and as we lived in Gerry's riding he took a special interest in my son, taking him for lunch, always speaking with him and encouraging his interest in politics. He allowed him to develop his political passion stapling flyers and filling envelopes so he could be part of the office life. He now is working in politics. Thank you, Gerry, for supporting the next generation. My condolences to your family

Karen Kroezen

May 9, 2017

I worked for Gerry for 23 years and considered him a true friend.
He helped me through a difficult period in my life with patience and understanding.
I will always remember Gerry and will miss him. My thoughts are with his family.

Norman Sterling

May 9, 2017

Gerry was a good friend and colleague of mine at Queen's Park. He was a very good MPP in that he researched the issues and spoke out in caucus on matters that were important to him and his community. Both my wife Joan and I enjoyed his company while he was an MPP and after he retired. He was a man of integrity and high moral standing. Our condolences to his family and friends. We will miss him.

Norm and Joan Sterling MPP 1977-2011.

Michael Lem

May 8, 2017

My condolences to the Martiniuk family

Ron Henry

May 8, 2017

Gerry was one of a kind. Him and I spent many enjoyable Thursday nights together discussing important issues at the Jesuit Seminary in Guelph. A wonderful fellow, and a good man. Ron Henry

Rob Leone, MPP for Cambridge (2011-2014)

May 7, 2017

I'll remember Gerry for being a genuinely nice guy and a friend. He was a great ambassador for Cambridge and North Dumfries, and we all get to benefit from the initiatives he began. My prayers go to his family and friends. This can't be an easy time for any of you, but know that all those hours Gerry spent in public life have produced a lasting legacy for our community. Gerry will not be forgotten, and may he rest in peace.

Bryan, Deborah, Josh & Zachary Gault

May 6, 2017

Sending our heartfelt condolences to the Martiniuk family for the loss of Uncle Gerry. May loving memories help bring you comfort and peace at this difficult time.