JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS


Donald Frederick Martin

November 9, 1960September 5, 2016
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Donald Frederick Martin age 55 of Herring Cove passed away Monday September 5th at the VG Hospital with his wife and daughters at his side. He was the Son of Fred and Olive Martin.

Don was a firefighter. He became a volunteer firefighter for the Herring Cove Volunteer Fire Department as a teenager in 1976 and spent many years serving his community until 2001. He became a career firefighter in 1982 at DND and remained there working at the job he loved rising in rank to Platoon Chief. He was passionate about representing both the individual firefighters and the integrity of the DND Fire Department through his involvement with the PSAC Union as a member and Local President.

Besides being a firefighter he was also a committed volunteer serving on several boards including: Spryfield Rink Board, Herring Cove Rate Payers, JL Ilsley Girls Hockey Team and various other sport and community events. Whenever there was a call for volunteers Don gave of his time freely and energetically.

His dedication for his job and community was surpassed only by his passion and dedication to his family. He took care of everyone he loved. Coming from a large family his sense of family commitment kept him close to his roots and he was always on hand to assist. Don was a demonstrative father and husband, never letting his daughters forget how proud he was of them. Married for 27 years, never a moment went by that his love and respect was not shown or felt.

Survived by his wife Janet Martin; daughters, Megan and Taylor, mother, Olive Martin; siblings, Barbara (predeceased Rupert) Swinimer, Janice (Gus) Lethbridge, David Martin, Peter (Debbie) Martin, Glenn (Lisa) Martin, Angela (Chris) McNeil; nieces and nephews, David and Daniel Swinimer, Michelle Martin, Kristen Whitehead, Jenna and Lee-Ann Martin, Mary Elizabeth and Kathleen McNeill; grand nieces and nephews, Danielle, Kameron and Axl.

Predeceased by father, Frederick Martin.

Visitation will be held 2-4 p.m. Saturday, September 10, 2016, at J A Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive. Funeral Service will be held Monday, September 12, 2016, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, Herring Cove.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Saturday, September 10, 2016
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 12, 2016


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Moe Montani

September 13, 2016

Our deepest sympathies to the family Don was a real gentleman and it was a pleasure to have cut his hair for many years

Judy Taggart

September 12, 2016

I am so sorry to hear of Donny's passing. My husband, Roger, had worked with him and spoke highly of him. My prayers and thoughts for all of you.
Judy Taggart.

Helen Shaw

September 12, 2016

So sorry to hear of Donald's passing. He was a good guy from a good family.

Helen (Burns) Shaw

Helen Harris

September 12, 2016

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Donald. He was a great person and an inspiration to all who knew him.

Lisa Tilley

September 12, 2016

Janet, Megan, Taylor and family,
We are deeply saddened to hear of Donald's passing and words just can't express how sorry we are for your loss. Please accept our most heartfelt condolences at this difficult time.
Lisa, Michael and Jamie Tilley

Neil Perry

September 11, 2016

To the Martin Family;
I was deeply saddened to learn of Don's passing. He was a positive role model and inspiration to all who knew him. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your terrible loss.

September 11, 2016

To the Martin Family
I am so sorry to hear of your terrible loss. My memories with the Martin family will always be a part of my great life experiences in Herring Cove. I would have been there but am currently here in Saint John. Again so sorry for your loss.
Randy Ball Bedord, NS

terry macdougall

September 10, 2016

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Susan Reynolds

September 10, 2016

Janice and Gus, I am sorry to hear about the passing of your brother/brother in law - hugs ...Susan and John

September 9, 2016

Janet, Megan, Taylor and Martin Family: We were very saddened to learn of Don's passing and want to extend our deepest sympathies to you all at this difficult time. Ed & Rhonda Bowdridge & Family