Francis James Rolfe Martin

Francis James Rolfe Martin

1926 – 2017

Francis James Rolfe Martin passed away peacefully on January 12, 2017 at the age of 90. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years, Patricia Elizabeth Martin, in 2015.

Born in Worthing, Sussex in 1926, Francis came to Canada at the age of 21, starting his Canadian life in Peace River, Alberta where he met Patricia. They began their married life farming in Sunset Prairie, BC then, prior to retiring in Armstrong, Francis’ career with the BC Highways Ministry took them to Quesnel, Smithers, McBride and back to Smithers. Life in Armstrong provided the perfect environment for Francis to pursue his love of gardening, woodworking and community involvement.

Francis will be missed and lovingly remembered by his daughter, Lorna (Dan) Schindle; son, Victor (Jacqueline) Martin; grandchildren, Dawne Gaffin, Sheldon Martin & Dustin Martin and great grandchildren, Hayden Hillman, Parker Hillman, Wynn Gaffin and Odin Martin.

A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held when the flowers are again in bloom. The family would like to thank the caregivers at Vernon Jubilee Hospital and Vernon Hospice House for the excellent and compassionate care that Francis received. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at

Cremation arrangements entrusted to ALTERNATIVES FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES® Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866

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