It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of our son, grandson, brother and nephew Anthony Edward Martinuk. Born December 18, 1980 in Salmon Arm, Tony passed away peacefully at his family home on November 1, 2007. He leaves behind his parents, David and Gwen, his sister Jennifer, his Nona, Fausta Martinuk, extended family and faithful canine friend Winston. A Celebration of Tony’s Life was held on November 6th.
Tony received the majority of his education in Salmon Arm. Certification as a cook and heavy duty Machine Operator were obtained through Okanagan College. His certification as an Industrial First Aid Attendant was secured following successful completion of provincial training and examinations in Prince George. In order to utilize his skills Tony worked in the BC – Alberta oilfields as a Paramedic. He also worked as a chef in many restaurants. At age 17, Tony traveled across Canada with the Katimavik program. It was at that time he discovered his talents and skills working with seniors in an Ontario nursing home.
Compassion, courage, and caring nicely describe Tony’s personality. Tony enjoyed building his wooden kayak with his father, cooking for family and friends, expressing his artistic nature through paintings and music as well as fishing, camping and photography of all things natural. He loved working with wood and like his grandfather easily mastered all things electronic. Whatever Tony set his mind to was accomplished. The end result was always exceptional. Throughout his major health challenges, Tony always expressed a goal to have a small place of his own for himself and Winston, and to plant and care for a garden. He will be remembered most for his gentle, kind nature and great sense of humour. Tony’s parents were and will continue to be extremely proud of their son.
The family would like to expressive gratitude and thanks to all who sent various expressions of love, support and kindness during the loss of Tony. Special thanks to Darren Gulka and Dr. Wiekert who supported Tony during his illness. As Tony loved animals, memorial donations in his name can be made to the SPCA- Salmon Arm Branch, 5850 Auto Road, V1E 2X2. Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Salmon Arm, (250) 833-1129, firstname.lastname@example.org.