George Norman “Hammy” Martin (Allan), 81, of 1119 Third St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Jan. 1, 2001 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.
He was born Oct. 6, 1919 in Fort Frances. “Hammy” was united in marriage Aug. 7, 1953 to the former Florence Dustak, who predeceased him on Jan. 22, 1977.
“Hammy” had lived most of his life in Fort Frances. As a young man, he had worked as a commercial fisherman on the North Arm of Rainy Lake. In 1952, he began working for the O & M paper mill running freight boats and bulldozers to the Cascades.
He then worked as a mechanic on heavy equipment at Camp 402. At the time of his retirement in 1982 from Boise Cascade paper mill, he was supervisor in the heavy equipment garage.
After his retirement, he enjoyed being on the lake and fishing, and tinkering with small engines, lawn mowers, and chainsaws.
He was a member of the Masonic Granite Lodge #446 AF&AM and the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 in Fort Frances. He also was an avid card player, and enjoyed socializing with his friends at the Legion.
“Hammy” is survived by his daughter, Marna Martin and husband, Howard Bobczynski, of Fort Frances. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Patrick, Christopher, and Jillian, of whom he was very proud; sister-in-law, Evelyn and husband, Norman Wagness, of International Falls, Mn.; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Also left to miss “Hammy” is his faithful dog, Scamp.
He was predeceased by his parents, George and Margaret Allan (Belleau); brothers, Fred and Albert Allan; sisters, Molly, Lucille, Helen, Margaret, and Inez; brothers-in-law, Nick, John, and Fred Dustak, Reg Martin, Pete Nazvesky, and Rennie Locke; and “auntie” Annie Martin.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001 at 4 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in Fort Frances, with Canon Terry McNear officiating.
In memoriam donations may be made to Care Close to Home, 110 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2B7.