MARTIN, Ivan Colin

Ivan was called home peacefully to be with his Lord and Saviour on January 10, 2023 at Fairview Lodge in Whitby.  Although now absent from the body, we know that Ivan is present with the Lord.  Ivan is survived by his wife Peggy of 65 years and their children Scott and Deb, Lynn Dryburgh and Dean and Greg and Jenn.  Also survived by his grandchildren Jeff and Ellesse, Lindsay and Cam, Stacey, Kristen and Ben, Melanie and Adam, Heather, Brad and Emily, Ben and Diana, Laura, Julia and Jacob; and his great-grandchildren Kaj, Anna, Braxton, Bryer, Bishop, Callie, Zac, Violet, Jacob and Lincoln.  Predeceased by his sister Lillian.  Ivan and Peggy were childhood sweethearts, married in 1957 and were seldom seen a part.  His greatest pleasure was to be with Peggy, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  His love for his family was only surpassed by his love for the Lord.  Ivan and Peggy were part of the Muskoka Bible Center community for their entire adult lives, enjoying countless summers at the family cottage.  Ivan was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Pembroke while raising their family and then at Calvary in Oshawa for the past number of years.  Ivan graduated from the University of Toronto as a mechanical engineer in 1953 and spent most of his career working for Atomic Energy of Canada in Chalk River.  Soon after retirement he and Peggy moved back to their native Oshawa.  He was an avid Ham Radio enthusiast – now VE3GTY is a silent key.  The family would like to thank the staff at Fairview Lodge in Whitby for the excellent care and welcoming environment they provided for his short time there.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation at McINTOSH-ANDERSON-KELLAM FUNERAL HOME LTD., 152 King St. E., Oshawa (905-433-5558) on Friday January 13th, 2023 from 2 – 4 pm or 7 – 9 pm.  A Funeral Service will be held Saturday January 14th, 2023 at Calvary Baptist Church, 300 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa at 11 am.  Interment Mount Lawn Cemetery.  Donations in memory of Ivan to Calvary Baptist Church or Muskoka Bible Centre would be appreciated.

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  • Jan 12, 2023

    Nigel Black
    Many fond memories of time spent at the cottage and in Pembroke. Such a kind welcoming man always made you feel like one of his own.
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers .
  • Jan 12, 2023

    Daryl & Melanie Hooper
    Our sincere condolences to Peggy,Scott,Greg Lynn & family.lvan was a caring gentle soul.He will be missed here but welcomed in glory.Many family there to rejoice.You are all in our thoughts & prayers.
            Daryl & Melanie.
  • Jan 13, 2023

    Jackie Simkin
    Thinking of you.  So sorry for your loss Peggy..  Sincere  condolences to the whole family.
  • Jan 13, 2023

    Don and Bev Axford
    Our condolences to you Peggy and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    I knew Ivan before I met him! In 1964 I joined Atomic Energy of Canada and worked as an engineer on the NRU research reactor. The operators there told me about this engineer who used to work there, and they wondered if I knew him which I didn’t. They spoke highly about him and said he was a very ‘religious’ man. I finally met Ivan when he rejoined AECL about 1970 and I found him to be just as his reputation had gone before. He was well respected by all he worked with. And I found that we had a common bond in the Lord Jesus Christ. 
    When the Martin’s moved to Pembroke they bought a home next door to ours. So, we had a lot of interaction as families.
    Later Ivan joined the same group that I worked at and so we became fast friends. He was an extremely capable and conscientious engineer. We were in the nuclear safety field and Ivan left no stone unturned in investigating the safety of experiments being done in NRU. 
    In the 1980s a multimillion-dollar multiyear research program was conducted in NRU by the United States Battelle Laboratories. This program investigated what would happen if a US reactor were to have a core meltdown. This was a very critical program with a large team of scientists and engineers and Ivan was the AECL engineer overseeing the safety of this huge program. This team had great respect for Ivan. Any question that Ivan had would be extremely well researched by Battelle to satisfy him. 
    Ivan had an unbelievable memory and could remember all sorts of trivial things. He was very sharp. One day at coffee break the conversation turned to when we were born. Steve said he was born on such and such a date and immediately Ivan said oh that was a Thursday. Steve was shocked. How could he know the day of the week but somehow, he could do that. We were all amazed.
    Ivan was a Ham Radio enthusiast. In the early 1970s he was erecting an antenna 30 feet up in a tree at his sister Lillian’s house and fell and seriously injured himself. He spent many weeks in hospital in Oshawa and his youngest son, Greg, came and lived with us for several weeks while Peggy was in Oshawa. 
    Many years ago Ivan and Peggy came to our Church picnic on a shallow bay in the Ottawa river. There was Ivan hand-standing and there he was walking upside down in the shallow water. He was obviously quite athletic. I was amazed.
    I have many good memories of the times we spent together both at work and as fellow believers. 
  • Jan 13, 2023

    Sue Sturman
    Praying for you all at this difficult time.  Rejoicing with you in the promise that one day you'll be reunited! Our sincere condolences. With our love and prayers, Greg & Sue
  • Jan 28, 2023

    Phil and Sandra Reimer
     Dear Peggy, Scott, Deb, Lynn, Dean, Greg, Jenn and all of the children,
    Ivan was always so kind and gracious, much like his sister Lillian.
    A wonderful Christian man! Our sincere sympathies and prayers are with you all.

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