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EDWARD MARTINSON (published on April 10, 2010)

EDWARD MARTINSON Suddenly on Friday, April 2, 2010, Ed passed away at home, while preparing the family Easter dinner, at the age of 71 years. Ed was predeceased by his parents Arden and Ivy Martinson, as well as his Aunt Dorothy Martinson. He will be sadly missed by his wife Sharen, mother-in-law Betty Gibb, sister Sharron Andrew (Bob), nephews Paul (Connie) and family, Andre in Calgary, sister-in-law Linda Fortier, niece Kerri Fortier (Kory Abrams) in Winnipeg, nephew Bill Fortier in Edmonton, his Aunt Dorothy Edwards in Winnipeg, cousin Donn Martinson and his family in Ontario. Ed was born on March 15, 1939 in Winnipeg and lived his entire life here. He spent his early years in the West End and attended high school in Fort Garry. He had various jobs before he ended up at Metro where he worked for several years in Treasury and Purchasing. He then went into teaching and taught at Holy Ghost School. Ed and Sharen were married October 12, 1968, and enjoyed 41 years of marriage. They travelled extensively through North America, Spain, Columbia, Portugal, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Great Britain. Ed would research every trip beforehand so Sharen had a personal tour guide. Ed and Sharen were founding members of the Japanese drum group Hinode Taiko, where they helped make drums while learning to play them. They were members of the Transcona Golf Club for many years and then moved to Southside Golf Club when it was built. They curled in mixed leagues at the Grain Exchange and Heather Curling Clubs. Ed was, as family and friends can attest to, a wonderful chef and prepared some excellent meals over the years, particularly at Christmas. He was a history buff as well as a news junkie-regular as well as business news and enjoyed a variety of sports - both as a participant and a spectator. At Ed's request, there will be no formal service. A reception will be held at Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. (south of the Royal Canadian Mint) on Saturday, June 12, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. It will be an informal gathering for family and friends to visit and share remembrances of Ed. Special thanks go to Dr. Lee Cummings, Dr. Andrew Morris and Dr. V. Woo for their excellent care over the past 14 years, as well as the paramedics and Victoria Hospital emergency staff for their sympathy and comfort. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Ed's memory to the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation, designated for Cardiac Research, St. Boniface Hospital, 409 Tache, Room D1003, Winnipeg, MB R2H 2A6. GLEN LAWN FUNERAL HOME 982-7550

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