Obituary of Ina Daphne Martin
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Passed away peacefully at Columbia Forest Long Term Care in Waterloo on Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at the age of 97 years.
Survived by her son Rev. Canon Trevor C. Denny, daughter-in-law Ann Denny, brother Lionel George, grandchildren Kara (Russell), Darryl (Annette), Rachelle (Jesse), Krista (Mike), and Derek (Ashley), and her great-grandchildren Ava, Owen, Vincent, and Maria.
Predeceased by her husband Rex Martin, son Kevin Denny, daughter-in-law Joy Denny, parents Alfred and Ivy (Wellman) George, sister Iris (Harold) Hobbick, sister-in-law Joyce George, and her brother-in-law Jack (Joan) Martin.
Ina was born in Reading, England on Sept. 6, 1925. She emigrated to Canada with her family in 1963 and settled in the Greater Toronto Area. She was an accountant the majority of her career life, working for Garlock Canada and Nationwide. After Ina’s retirement, she and Rex bought a little property in Sama Park, Havelock, Ontario where they enjoyed many years of a peaceful country life. Both she and Rex became very involved with St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Havelock, acting as lay readers and building lifelong relationships within the parish community. Ina was active in the ACWL and would visit the shut-ins. She loved traveling with Rex, and during the early years, followed Kevin in the Toronto Optimist Drum & Bugle Corps competitions throughout North America. Later, their love for traveling took Rex & Ina to Florida during the Canadian winters. She delighted being in Trevor’s presence, who as an Anglican priest, would celebrate the liturgy enriching each service with his bass-baritone voice. She loved her family and enjoyed every celebration and get-together. She was a gracious and kind soul who took an interest in the lives of
everyone she met.
In 2016, Ina moved to Beechwood Manor in Waterloo to live out her final years and her spare time was spent cheering on the Blue Jays and reading everything she could about Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal family. She remained young at heart and hoped she would live to be 100 to receive a letter from the British monarch. She often commented on how blessed she was to have lived so long! We will truly miss her!
Special thanks to the staff at Beechwood Manor (especially Dr. Ronald Toews), the nursing staff at Freeport Hospital during her stay, Dr. Chris Johansen, and the compassion and care from the staff at Columbia Forest (Johnston House) during her final days.
A memorial service will take place at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Saturday, July 22, 2023 at 3:00pm followed by a reception in the Fireside Reception Room. Cremation will have taken place and a private family interment will be held at Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, condolences for the family and donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home at www.erbgood.com.