Brian Raymond MARTIN
February 28, 1945 – August 30, 2019
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Brian Martin, at the age of 74 early on August 30, 2019. Proud and loving uncle to Bruce, Tim, Ken and Todd. Pre-deceased by his brothers, Ken Sr. and David, and his niece Shari. He lovingly supported both his mother, Marjorie, and Aunt Hazel into their golden years. Growing up in Abbotsford and Courtenay, Brian went to England after high school on a drama scholarship and eventually into the writing business once back in Canada. He wrote for “Ma” Murray’s Alaska Highway News in Fort St. John and then the Calgary Herald. He loved the north and headed back to work for the Yukon government, freelanced and reported for the CBC there. Brian eventually returned to the big city and joined the Journal of Commerce where he moved up its ranks over 30 years to editor and then publisher. Brian had an incredible talent for storytelling and wasn’t one to mince words.
His desire to connect and give back to the community brought him to Northwood United Church in 2002 where he served as Board Member and was instrumental in raising money to repair the church’s roof; as well as feeding the hungry, running the church’s Spring & Fall Plant Sale and generally making sure those in need were taken care of. Brian was an avid gardener, reader, and proud foster parent of several felines, birds and well-fed squirrels throughout the years.
Brian was an old soul and truly one of a kind. We will remember him for his kindness and unqualified generosity to countless people and organizations, not to mention his wicked sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by the many friends and family who love him. A memorial service will be held at Northwood United Church in Surrey at 8855 156 St. on Saturday, December 7 at 1:00 pm. Any charitable donations would be gratefully accepted by the church and used to continue the many projects in which Brian was involved.
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Brian Raymond MARTIN
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September 10, 2019
I joined Northwood United in July 2008 and knew right away that Brian was a very important part of our community.
I had the pleasure of volunteering with Brian at the Front Room on 135A Street in Surrey, BC. He was a veteran when I started and I enjoyed the many stories he shared about this life and adventures. One would never look at Brian and think he had been and done such great things. He was truly a kind spirit and I've attached a photo of his last Tea & Fashion show appearance at Northwood United's annual event.
Rest in peace, my friend.
September 7, 2019
I first met Brian back in 1980, when I was looking for freelance writing work for the Journal of Commerce ... I got a job there as a staff writer shortly after that, in spite of being late for my job interview with Brian--yikes!
I spent a fair bit of time over a number of years sitting in Brian's office as he told great stories of his adventures in the Yukon... and from other places he had been--all the while filling up this giant ashtray with cigarette butts! What a character...!
We later worked together on BC Lumberman ...
Brian was a good boss, and work colleague ...still remember him pulling up in the Journal parking lot in his red K-Car :)
I lost touch with him after I left Southam ...
I like to think that wherever Brian is, now that he's passed, he's still sharing great stories ...
September 4, 2019
Brian was a 40-year friend and writer and editor for whom I worked on many different occasions. When he retired from the Journal we kept in touch and I visited on occasion. We shared many of the same friends and we remained in kept in touch. I will miss his vast experience as when I had an issue or problems, he was always able to offer a solution. I will also miss his humor, his wit, and his insight. . He was a masterful story teller, a quality that set him apart from the normal pack of journalists. He left way to soon. Jean Sorensen