Jerry (Blackie) Martin

October 17, 1935May 9, 2016

It is with great sadness that the family of Jerry (Blackie) Martin announces his passing on Monday, May 9, 2016, with his soulmate, Diane, and family by his side. Jerry was born Reginald Gerald on October 17, 1935, to Reginald and Irene (Molly) Martin in Fort Frances. Jerry’s older brother, Bobby, was born as a “blue baby”; and as a result, Jerry was his legs and carried him to school and everywhere he wanted to go. He was a true loving, caring and compassionate man while being strong and tough on the outside. Jerry called himself a “professional cleaner” as he cleaned the banks with his Mother every day before school and week-ends. Jerry was employed by Ontario Hydro for 35 years as a linesman and customer service representative. He was fortunate to retire at the age of 55 which allowed him and Diane to enjoy 26 years at their winter home in Mesa, Arizona. He made many friends there who quickly became like family. His great sense of humour followed him wherever he went. Jerry’s children and grandchildren had the opportunity to visit their beloved winter home; and he took much pride in showing them the sites, including the Grand Canyon. Jerry loved and played all sports. He enjoyed golfing summer and winter in Mesa. He had a passion for being outdoors which included fishing, hunting and working in his garden. One of Jerry’s greatest passions was being at the hockey rink both on and off the ice as a player, coach and spectator. He played the sport throughout his years including on a Junior team in Manitoba and with the Oldtimers’ team and then travelling with them. Jerry loved talking about the team’s trip to Japan. He was involved with the Green Furniture team playing for that team in the 1950’s; and then coaching the team from 1962 through 1983 when his son Bob played under him. Jerry passed his love of the game onto his son, Bob, and grandchildren, Zach and our goaltender Treyden. One of Jerry’s greatest joys was being a “Grampy” and spending time with his grandchildren. He could always get the kids laughing, was always willing to be their “model” when they wanted to play hairdresser. Jerry would sing them to sleep on the countless nights spent with him and Grandma. This also included his niece and nephew. Jerry and Diane were also long time members of the Sister Kennedy Centre, where they volunteered together for 25 years and enjoyed the socializing and morning coffee chats. One of his recent cherished travel was an Alaskan Cruise shared with Diane and brother and sister-in-law, Al and Janette. Jerry was predeceased by his parents, brother Bob, son-in-law, Tim Perreault, his father and mother-in-law, Chet and Aileen Hanson, and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law. He was united in marriage to Diane Hanson on May 28, 1983. He is survived by his loving, devoted wife, and best friend, Diane. Surviving is his brother and sister-in-law, Al and Janette Martin, and his daughters Kim Perreault (Allan) and Tanya Martin Koukos, and son Bob. Grandchildren are Nathan (Leah) DeGagne, Sara (Joel) DeGagne, Zachary Martin, Pelayia and Alexia Koukos and great-grandchildren Treyden and Sophie Calder, and Sirus DeGagne. Jerry also leaves to mourn his very special niece and nephew, Kelly (Chris) Granrud and Derek Nelson who were able to spend much time with him. Jerry will be deeply missed by his family and many friends. He had a wonderful sense of humour and always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. He had a never ending love for his family, relatives, and friends. He will be greatly missed for his everlasting smile. A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Green’s Funeral Home in Fort Frances with Pastor Brian Keffer officiating. A luncheon will follow at the Memorial Arena Auditorium. A private family interment will be held later. The honourary pallbearers will be R.H. “Bob “ Peters, Bill Borlase, Guy LaFrance, Orest Mihichuk, Ross Pearson, Jean Camirand, Ken Perry and Jeremy McGuire. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Riverside Health Care Foundation or Sister Kennedy Centre in care of Green Funeral Home, Box 427, Fort Frances, Ontario P9A 3M8 Online condolences may be offered at


  • Memorial Service Thursday, May 19, 2016

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Audrey Anderson

June 10, 2016


I am so sorry to just read this now about Jerry's passing. He was such a lovely man.

Karen Marconi

May 19, 2016

Thinking of you and your family on this day Tanya.

Ramona& Dennis Johnson

May 18, 2016

Deepest sympathy Diane, We will remember both of you always.

May 18, 2016

Diane I was so sorry to hear about Jerry. I remember when we first met him and both Nancy and I thought he was the one for you. Please tell the family that my prayers are with them and you also. Dick Morris

May 18, 2016

You have our heartfelt sympathy. We enjoyed our get togethers in Mesa and will always remember the good times with you and Jerry. Cherish all the wonderful time you had together. We are sending big hugs and know your friends are there for you. We love you. Jim & Rita Sallenbach

May 18, 2016

Diane & family: Our heart goes out to you Diane on the loss of Jerry. May you find comfort in all the memories you shared over the years. Barry & Loretta Whitta

Jane Gillon

May 18, 2016

Diane and family, so very sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathies.

Linda Boche

May 18, 2016

Diane, I so enjoyed the FB posts of you and Jerry enjoying life in Arizona and Fort Francis, I wish we had met Jerry, but I would imagine we would have enjoyed all the wonderful tributes your family and friends have shared. I love you and miss seeing you and hope we can connect soon again,

Howard and Maxine Birnie

May 17, 2016

Diane: Our deepest sympathy. We enjoyed the wonderful years together on Lemon Lane in Greenfield Village. Carry on.

Barbara Springsteel

May 17, 2016

Dearest Diane,
I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful husband. I truly understand what you are feeling. It is very hard to carry on without him. Lean on your family and friends for comfort and support.
You are in my continued thoughts and prayers.
Hugs to you. Your friend,
Barb Springsteel