Bert Martin

Obituary of Bert Martin

Harry Albert (Bert) Martin- Harry Albert “Bert” Martin passed away Wednesday, January 6th at Glen Haven Manor. Dad was born in Coalburn, NS on September 9th 1928, to the late Harry and Margaret (Marshall) Martin. Dad married our mother Jean (MacNeil) on May 22nd, 1950. Mom was Dads best friend and they resided in Coalburn and raised their family until they moved to New Glasgow in 1999. Our Dad was always a hard worker whether it be in the plumbing trade, clerk-ing at JJ Grants, as a coal miner, and then Scott Paper, which he retired from in 1989. Dad took pride in belonging to both the Co-op and Credit Union where he spent time as a board member. Dad spent 18 years in Scouting as a Troop Leader and then as District Commissioner. Dad was also a member of Saint Ann’s and Saint Gregory’s Catholic Churches. Our Dad was very proud of being a member of the famed Stellarton Draeger-men Crew from July 1956 to 1967. As a member of the Dreagermen Crew, Dad was present at both Springhill Mine Disasters, and of that, he was ex-tremely proud. To our knowledge, Dad was the last surviving member of that Draegermen Crew. Dad and Mom travelled to Hawaii, Europe, and all through the United States and Canada. Hawaii being both of their favourite. Mom and Dad loved to spend time at Two Mile Lake at their camp. From May until September each year, many a family gathering was held, get togethers with fellow campers, and lots of hunting and fishing was going on as well. Time at the lake was well spent and many memories were made. Dad was proud of a life well lived, he always said “we tried it all, did it all, and regret nothing, the only blemish on our wonderful life was losing Glenn.” Dad is survived by his sons; Gregory, New Glasgow, Allen (Debbie), Riverton, Christopher (Darlene), McPhersons Mills, and his daughter Ginette (Billy) Sutherland, Broadway. Along with his children are his 10 Grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Betty (Alex) Skoke, Stellarton. Dad was predeceased by our Mother, Jean (MacNeil) Martin (Tren-ton), and their son Glenn David, who died in the Westray Mine Disaster. Cremation has taken place. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, a private family mass will be held at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, New Glasgow. Masks and social distancing in effect. We would like to thank the VON and the staff at Glen Haven Manor for the care they provided Dad. Donations can be made in Dad’s memory to the Castle Hill Cemetery, MacLellans Brook Road. “Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it was”
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