Gerald Martin

Obituary of Gerald Martin

Martin: J. Gerald-

A resident of Chatham, Gerry Martin passed away at the Chatham-Kent Hospice with his family at his side on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at the age of 87. 

Born in Chatham, Gerry was the son of the late Jack and Grace (née Campbell) Martin. 

Beloved husband of almost 65 years to Vivian (née Arnold).

Father of Jamie Martin (Wendy) of Rockwood, Kevin Martin (Wendy) of Windsor, Brad Martin (Melanie) of Chatham and Greg Martin (Bev) of Burlington.

Loving Grandpa of Cassey Beauvais (Jon); Victoria Martin (Matt), Jackson Martin (Hannah); Brandon Martin (Melanie), Austin Martin, Laura Martin (Mallory), Kate Martin (Connor); and Grace Martin.

Great-Grandpa of Sophie, Tristan and Bostyn. 

Predeceased by his four brothers, Terry (late Donna), Lynn (Sandy), Denny (late Carol) and Art. 

Brother-in-law to Janet Foster (Ted), Jim Arnold (Susan) and Dan Arnold (Sandy).

Also missed by many nieces, nephews, friends and extended family. 

Gerry retired as technician from Bell after 37 years of service. He also managed the Dresden Raceway for over 25 years. 

Gerry loved to golf, managing to get nine hole-in-ones over the course of his life. In his younger years, Gerry, his father and his brothers were a formidable hockey team. 

Gerry and Vivian enjoyed many winters in Florida. 

As per Gerry's wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at the McKinlay Reception Centre, 463 St. Clair Street, Chatham on Monday, June 3, 2024 from 3:00 - 6:00pm. A Private Family Service will be held at Arnold Cemetery, Louisville. 

Donations made in memory of Gerry to the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. 

Online condolences may be left at

McKinlay Funeral Home
459 St. Clair Street, Chatham


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