In Celebration of

Robert (Bob) Martin

April 23, 1930 -  August 5, 2018

Peacefully, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at the age of 88. Beloved son of the late Muriel and William (Bill) Martin of Toronto, husband of the late Reta Mae Annetta Ford, father of Andrew, Paul and Melissa (husband Steve McGraw), grandfather of Brianna and Brittany Martin (Barrie, Ontario) and Gabriel and Nicolas Martin (Ottawa, Ontario), and dear brother of the late Edwin (Ted) Martin and the late Muriel Belford. Also dear uncle of Arlene Keller (Oshawa, Ont.) and Bruce Belford (Toronto), the late Carol Robinson and their families. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 1 p.m. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery. For those who wish, remembrances may be made to the Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf or to the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec. Online condolences may be made through


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Robert Burnet (Former Student, Teacher Colleague)

Entered August 8, 2018 from Toronto

To Andrew, Paul and Melissa and the Martin family:

I read with great sadness the passing of your dad in the Star this morning. The memories are flowing! He was a fabulous history teacher. His insight, drive, direction, and determination to make "his students" learn the facts was always done with such enthusiasm and compassion for the subject.

Your dad helped me to see obstacles in his classroom, my personal and professional life as well with a "look beyond" the issues. His guidance and genuine concern was always appreciated.

I'd occasionally run into your dad at antique sales. We'd go have a coffee and talk about your mom and "you guys" mostly. He always spoke proudly of all of you.

I could write so much more - suffice it to say my life long respect for "Mr. Martin" - teacher, colleague, friend - lasts and continues. I am so thankful to God that our paths met.

My deepest condolences and sympathy to each of you.

Rob Burnet

Janique Gagnon 

Entered August 8, 2018 from Orleans

On behalf of my mom Raymonde, my sister Marjorie, and my brother François, we would like to offer our sincere condoleances to Melissa, Paul, and Andrew, as well as the family for the loss of Mr. Martin. Our prayers and thoughts are with you in this difficult time. With all our love, Janique.

Michael Grabowski (A Student of Class of 1979 (BCI))

Entered August 8, 2018 from 6243 Judique Rd, Mississauga


I have never forgotten how you showed us all, on how history was so important .

Thank You Sir

Ramona Matthews 

Entered August 8, 2018 from Etobicoke

Sending special thoughts and my prayers your way as you remember your father, Andrew, Paul and Melissa. He was a complex person, as we know. I do believe he wanted nothing but the very best for all of you. I think of him as a very fine History teacher at BCI, and an encouragement to me as a person and student. I've posted this news on the BCI alumni Facebook site and warm remembrances of him as an excellent teacher are being posted.

Elizabeth Angus (Friend)

Entered August 8, 2018 from Mississauga

My thoughts and prayers are with his three children.


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