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OFFICIAL OBITUARY FOR

Nick Martinuk

1922 - 2021

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Nick Martinuk passed away peacefully on Monday March 15, 2021 at the Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats, SK.

Nick was born on December 14, 1923 on the family farm in the Chatsworth District, to parents Tom and Dora (Pitz) Martinuk.  He received his schooling at Chatsworth School.

He met the love of his life Isabelle (Bell) Brown and they were married June 1961.  They lived and farmed north east of Saltcoats for many years.  They were hard working and they loved and respected their livestock and the land that provided them with a living. Nick would bottle feed the calves that needed it and he would even name the calves.  Nick and Isabelle retired from farming in 1990 and moved into Saltcoats.  Sadly Bell passed away in 2011 leaving Nick alone.

Nick enjoyed nature and loved to take pictures of the wildlife that lived around the farm and of the scenery that he so loved.  He became an accomplished photographer.  He loved to work with his hands and once he retired he took up woodworking.

He was a happy person with a great sense of humor; he was hardworking, honest, generous, strong and resourceful.  He could do all the things a farmer and man of the land needed to do to keep the farm running smoothly.  He will be missed by all who knew him.

He was a devout member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Nick is survived by his nieces and nephews Darlene, Darryl, and Dwayne Martinuk; Carla, Patti, Philip, David, and Kathy Daum; Lynne, Lynda, and Laurel Howard.

Rest in Peace Uncle Nick.  You will be dearly missed.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday March 24, 2021 at 11:00 am for the Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church Yorkton, SK with Father Michael Faryna officiating.

To view the Livestream of Nick's service click this link http://www.facebook.com/christiesfuneralhome at 10:55AM on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. You do not require a Facebook account to watch the livestream. We recommend using headphones for best audio. 

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Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church
89 Bradbrooke Drive, Yorkton SK S3N 2Y2

Lakeside Manor Care Home
101 Crescent Lake Rd, Saltcoats SK S0A 3R0
Tel: 1-306-744-2353

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Carla Daum

March 28, 2021 2:48 PM

When I was growing up my family lived a stone's throw from Uncle Nick and Aunt Bell (and for many years, Grandma and Grandpa, too). I used to love exploring the expansive attic of the "big" yellow house, picking raspberries and gooseberries in the garden, and hanging out by the wood burning stove in the kitchen. A favorite memory from my childhood is of Uncle Nick hitching up his old draft horse Pat to the stone boat and giving me and my brothers and sisters a ride.

Uncle Nick was always devoted to his Bell (Bebe) and to the animals on his farm. He also had a soft spot for my mother Kay. His relationship with my dad was somewhat gruff, however in retirement they became very close and enjoyed kidding around and playing golf in Bredenbury.

When I visited Uncle Nick and Aunt Bell after they moved to Saltcoats, we would often pull out the old photo albums so I could admire Uncle's Nick's nature photos. Uncle Nick was such a man's man, so I found it awfully sweet that he read all the romance novels I wrote for Harlequin. He would always ask when the next one was coming out.

It's been a few years since my last visit with Uncle Nick and I want to thank my cousin Darlene for being there to visit him and help handle his affairs. I'm so glad he had some family with him for his final chapter.

With love and appreciation,
Carla Daum

Carla Daum

March 28, 2021 2:31 PM

A tree seems the perfect tribute for dear Uncle Nick who loved the great outdoors.
Carla Daum

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Carla Daum

March 28, 2021 2:27 PM

Our house was a stone's throw from Uncle Nick and Aunt Bell's house when we were growing up (for many of those years Grandma and Grandpa lived there, too). I always loved exploring the expansive attic in the "big" yellow house, picking raspberries and gooseberries in the garden and hanging out by the wooden stove in the kitchen. When my brothers and sisters were small Uncle Nick used to hitch his huge white draft horse, Pat, to the stoneboat and give us rides. 

Uncle Nick loved his extended family, but most of all he loved his Bell (BeBe) and the animals on the farm.. He also had a soft spot for my mother, Kay. Uncle Nick and my father had a gruff relationship, but in their retirement they grew close and got a lot of enjoyment kidding around and playing golf in Bredenbury.

Whenever I visited Nick and Bell after they moved to Saltcoats, I always enjoyed looking at Uncle Nick's nature photos and talking about the old days. Uncle Nick was such a man's man, so I found it awfully sweet that he read all the romance novels I wrote for Harlequin. He would always ask when the next one was coming out.

Unfortunately it's been a few years since my last visit with Uncle Nick and I want to pass along my thanks to my cousin Darlene who, for many years, has been there to visit Uncle Nick and help handle his affairs. I'm so  glad he had some family with him for the last chapter of his life.

With love and fond memories,
Carla Daum

Jim & Kathy Morgan

March 26, 2021 8:36 PM

Our sympathy to Nick's family.  We have fond memories of him .  Jim shared many good times with him at the golf course . He made me chuckle -always called me Kiddo.  A genuinely good man.  So friendly & good natured.  RIP Nick.   

Laurel Howard Mason

March 24, 2021 8:36 AM

I remember our dear Uncle Nick with his cowboy boots, tanned face, broad smile and twinkling eyes.  Although he did not have children of his own, he certainly had a wonderful way with kids.  When our own children were small, he patiently rode them up and down the "stair elevator" that he and Aunt Bell had installed in their Saltcoats home to enable them to go up and down the stairs to the basement more easily.  I remember his delight in golfing on the Bredenbury golf course, and the time he took me and my dad with him (showing great hospitality considering that I was a very novice golfer).  As a child, I would greet Uncle Nick with a "hello" and a hug.  Although a warm and loving man, hugging was not his natural inclination, but he would oblige with a little return hug.  It was sweet to see his comfort with hugging increase over the years!  Uncle Nick held a very special place in my mom's heart.  She would always speak of him with great fondness.  I feel so lucky to have had amazing uncles and aunts, people like Uncle Nick who are admired for their perseverance, humility and resolve, and who continue to inspire us.
With love,
Laurel Howard Mason

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