It is with profound sadness that Martin’s family announces his passing on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at the age of 90 years. Martin will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his children Michelle (Keith), Karen and Gary. He was an amazing grandfather to Derek, Lindsay, Kevin, Laura (Keng), Stephanie, Rochelle, Jordan, Bradley and Sherilyn and proud great- grandfather of Jayden and Everett. He will also be missed by his brother and sister- in-law Cy and Betty Theberge, his many nieces and nephews and other extended family and friends. He was predeceased by his wife Jean, and his parents Joseph and Cecilia Theberge. Martin was born in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan on February 11, 1930 and lived most of his early life in Saskatchewan and briefly in Montreal, Quebec. Jean and Martin married on August 20, 1955 and began to raise their family.
Martin was a man of integrity, honest and caring. He was a dedicated family man, being married and in love with Jean for 60 years, having a beautiful life together, tending selflessly to the health issues she encountered, never argumentative, always listening to her suggestions/concerns, and working through issues on a united front. Happy hour on Fridays was a special time they shared together! He was an excellent provider, ensuring the family’s needs were met well ahead of his own. All his kids were grateful for the opportunity to receive a good education, plus all the guidance, support, and encouragement he provided. Dad always took the time to make each Christmas, Easter, birthday celebration and vacations a little extra special for the family. He was excellent with finances, saving for his/Jean’s future retirement and his kid’s education/future life. Dad was always interested in hearing how other family members and friends were doing, to visit with them, and assist in any way needed. He was one of the grandkid’s biggest fans, cheering them on, and rooting for their success. He was excellent at barbequing, the grandkids always knew that dinner at grandma and grandpas meant barbequed smokies! A handyman around the house, he could fix anything and would make himself available to help us kids with our own projects. Martin was a hard worker, and dedicated to his career in the petroleum industry, being employed at the same company for 35+ years. Together with Jean they made many life long friends in the cities they lived in.
He loved playing golf, and took the time to teach Mom so the two could enjoy retirement time doing activities together. In later years Mom and Dad travelled throughout most of Canada and many places in the US including their favorites, Hemet, California and Hawaii. They especially enjoyed their overseas travels to Portugal, Spain and China. He had a real talent for gardening, created beautiful landscaped yards, and always kept that love for flowers. He loved listening to music and especially live performances. Anyone who spent time with Dad knew he was a diehard/dedicated Saskatchewan Roughriders, Montreal Canadiens and New York Yankees fan, cheering on their success no matter how difficult a year they were having.
He had an excellent wit, good sense of humor and loved to laugh, often having playful fun with the grandkids. He gave a strong effort and was good at everything he did. Very rarely did he have anything bad to say about anyone. He was wise in the advice he provided, and complimentary towards others, versus being judgmental. Dad always kept a positive outlook, and never complained, despite his own physical/health challenges. Dad was a dedicated Catholic, eager to attend church on Sundays and expressed his faith throughout his life.
The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the dedicated staff at Wentworth Manor for their exceptional care and support, as well as Dr. Rebecca Leonard for her attentiveness, compassion and excellent care to both Martin and Jean over the years. Our Dad and Grandpa will be terribly missed. A funeral mass is being held at St. Michael Catholic Community on Friday, July 17 at 1:00 pm. COVID restrictions will be in place.
In lieu of flowers, donations if desired may be made to the charity of your choice.