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It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Arthur William Martin, 68 years, of Regina, Sunday January 5, 2014 at Wascana Rehabilitation Center after a long battle with stroke related issues. He was predeceased by his parents Wells and Marie. Left to cherish his memories are Art's wife Helen of 50 years; daughters Nicole (Dean) and Melanie (Bill) Krischke; sons Larry (Martine), Murray (Julie) and Ken (Treena); sister Gail Martin and grandkids Carter, Gibson, Emma, Reece, William and Benjamin. Art was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 25, 1945. He grew up in the small town of Ecum Secum, NS and in 1963 moved to London, ON where he met and married his wife Helen and started a family. Art worked for Northern Telecom for 16 years but changed careers to work for General Motors so he would be home with his family more and off the road. Having worked in Saskatchewan with Nortel, Art saw an opportunity to move to Regina and start his own contracting company. In 1981, Art moved his family to Regina and started Westel Installations. Westel specialized in installing DC power plants and its main customer was Sasktel. It was there that Art built many valued relationships with Sasktel's engineers, managers, provisioners and technicians. For the next 30 years Art and his guys worked from Uranium City to Estevan and every town and city in between in Saskatchewan as well as other provinces. Art loved old cars. His plan was to restore them when he retired so over the years he collected quite a few "beauts" and ended up buying a farm just so he could store them. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, horses and maritime memorabilia were his hobby. Art loved to sing, play guitar and harmonize with his wife at the kitchen table with a whiskey and friends. He played in a band the "Grumpy Old Men" who toured the city entertaining the elderly. Above all, Art loved his family and adored his grandchildren. It was clear that he took his role as father, provider and protector very seriously. He never complained about anything and was compassionate and giving to any and all. The legacy he leaves is playing out now. The new families that continue on, the virtues of honesty, hard work, staying committed and all the people that he touched. As per Art's request, a service will be held privately for family only. An outdoor celebration of Art's life will be held this summer at the farm. A special thank you to the Wascana Rehab Center staff, unit 2-5 for their loving care and support and also thank you to Wheels on Wheels for their devotion and always being there for Art and his family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, 279 3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK S7K 2H8. Family and friends are invited to sign the online obituary and tributes page at www.regina- memorial.ca. Arrangements entrusted to
Regina Funeral Home - Regina
4001 East Victoria Avenue
Regina, SK SK S4V 3A3
Published in The Regina Leader-Post from Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, 2014