Derek Herbert Martin

June 13, 1942 to May 18, 2019


Passed peacefully away surrounded by his loving family at the Health Sciences Centre on May 18, 2019, Derek Martin, aged 76 years. Derek retired in 1993 as Captain and Training Officer of the St. John’s Regional Fire Department after 25 years of service. He was predeceased by his parents Clifton and Emma Martin.  Leaving to mourn his wife of 54 years, Barbara (nee Benson); son Rick (Arlene), granddaughter Victoria; daughter Pam (Rob) Hutson, grandsons Robert and Matthew; daughter Susan (Ken) Curtis, grandsons Alex and Andrew; siblings Bill (Lorna), Graham (Sadie), Valerie (Winston) Skeffington, Linda (Roy) Symonds,  Wayne (Sharon), Jocelyn (Jack) Wood and Randy (Donna); siblings-in-law Joyce Pye, Fred (Mary) Benson, Bob (Maxine) Benson and Dave (Karen) Benson; also, a large circle of family and friends including his brother firefighters  from the St. John’s Regional Fire Department. Thank you to Dr. Bergstrom and her team for the care and support over the past six years. Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral service will be held at the Carnell Memorial Chapel on Thursday May 23 at 2:00 p.m.   Interment will take place on Saturday, May 25 at the Forest Road Anglican Cemetery at 11 a.m.  As a proud supporter of Muscular Dystrophy, memorial donations may be made to Muscular Dystrophy, NL Chapter.



2-4 p.m. on May 21, 2019

7-9 p.m. on May 21, 2019

2-4 p.m. on May 22, 2019

7-9 p.m. on May 22, 2019

Carnell’s Funeral Home
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My condolences to you and all your family. He was a great man!


To Barbara [ My lovely St. Mike’s School Mate ] Derek’s children and grandchildren and the entire Martin Family
our deepest Condolences .. Growing up on Forest Rd.
with Derek and his siblings are especially memorable
.My late Brothers Bob , George , Harold and I always
enjoyed hanging out with the Martins .
May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You
through your Loss ..

Barbara Ann and family;
I was very shocked and saddened on hearing of the passing of Derek. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of grief and sadness. May God give you the strength to endure in the days and weeks ahead. May he rest in peace.

Jocelyn and the Martin family.,
I am so saddened to hear the news of Derek’s recent passing. Please know I would have been there to support you if possible and I send my best wishes and love to you all.
Brenda Gardner

Barb and Family,
We knew from friends that this day has been getting closer for a while. Condolences to you all from Regina and we hope you get strength from knowing the thoughts of many are with you, and from recalling all the great memories. It has been a great pleasure to have known Derek since the 1970’s as a fire administrator, curler and curling coach , and parent and husband. Derek was devoted in all that he undertook and excelled in all. Best wishes,
Carl and Ella.

The Martin family. So sorry to hear of Derek’s passing. I found out too late to visit. Bless you all Jan Clarke Des daughter.

Mrs Martin , Rick, Pam and sue
Very sorry to hear about mr Martin

My heartfelt condolences to the Martin family on the passing of your loved one, Derek. Sending you prayers and much gratitude for his courageous service to the residents of our city. God bless.

Linda and Family
Our Sincerest Condolences on the passing of your brother Derek, our prayers are with you. God bless all of you.

To Bill ,Jocelyn, Randy and all the Martin Family; Our sincere condolences on the passing of your brother. From Denis Butler.

Dear Susan,

I am so very sorry to hear about your father’s passing away

So very sorry for your loss


To Barb and Family

We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences. You will remember our sons, Taylor and Travis. They called you Nan and Pop, they so enjoyed going to your place each day and the level of care and affection showered on them was so appreciated. We are thinking of you all at this time and will always hold a special place in our hearts.

To the Martin family,

I was very so sorry to hear Derek had passed away. I have only find memories of him when I was growing up on Forest Rd. Derek was always teasing us little ones and making us laugh.. We loved him for it! Condolences to his all close family & friends.

Condolences to the Barb & the Martin family.

To Barb and the Martin Family:

I didn’t know Derek very long but I have fond memories of him. I remember getting him to eat the cup of clementines the day he went in hospital and telling him that if he didn’t eat them that I was moving in the room across the hall from him to make sure he was going to eat and we laugh so much. God has called home a very special Angel. Celebrate Derek’s life and not his death. R.I.P. Derek

To Susan and family:
Dear Susan heard at SIC rehearsal last night the news about your Dad.
Just wanted to send you my condolences and let you know that I was thinking about you.
Even when they are ill, it is hard losing your Dad. Take care.

Uncle Randy, Aunt Donna and Lana,

We are so sorry for your loss and are thinking about you during this difficult time.

Kerri & Chris

To The Martin Family ,So Sorry For Your Loss
Condolences From The Evely And Clarke
Family Victoria ,

To Barb and family, our sincere condolences on Derek’s passing.
I have good memories of our fun times at curling.

Tom Smart and Phyllis Reardon

To the Martin family
My sincerest condolences on Dereck’s passing. Dereck was MC at My wedding in 2002. Extremely funny man who loved life and making people laugh. Dereck and Barb are very special friends to my parents Vic and Marjorie and I always enjoyed the stories my Dad would share with me. Dereck will surely be missed!

Pam, Lori and I were sad to hear of your father’s passing, and will pray for you and your family. Wishing you and your’s all the best and safe (and warm) travels.

So saddened to hear of Derek’s passing. Both Derek and Barb played a large role in my curling career, during times that I have always remembered with a smile.
To Barb and all of the Martin family, our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Derek was truly a wonderful person.

To Martin Family

Sincere sympathy on Derek’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Gerry (Chick) and Brenda Stone

To Derek’s immediate family and to all the Martin family my sincere condolences on your loss. Derek was one of the very best. I remember fondly our road hockey games and softball in the fields of Forest Road. RIP Derek.
Jim Byrd, Port Credit, Ontario

Linda and Martin Family.

Sorry to hear of Derek’s passing. Got to know him a little bit during our Civil Service Softball Days. and found him to be a gentleman. Thoughts and prayers for you during this difficult time. RIP Derek.

My condolences to the Martin family. Always remember Derek as being a light-hearted and fun guy. Another loss for the Forest Road gang, God bless him.

Linda, our sincere condolences go out to you and your family at this time of sorrow and loss. So sorry that we can’t be with you at this stressful time but know that we are with you in spirit.

Condolences to the Martin family. I have fond memories of Derek growing up on Forest Rd. A truly nice person who, like all the Martin family, was fun to be around.
Suzie and I are away but we wish we could be with you to celebrate Derek’s wonderful life.
We are thinking of you all.
Paul and Suzie Conway.

Sincerest condolences to all the Martin family on Derek’s passing.

I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


Our sincere condolences to the Martin family. May Derek rest in peace, and may God bless all of you.

Donnie and Nina (Whalen) Smith

Linda & Family:

Our Sincerest Condolences on the passing of your beloved brother Derek. May he have eternal peace.


Anne & Keith Peddle

To the Martin, Curtis and Hutson families…So very sorry for the loss of your Husband, Dad, Grandfather and Father-in-law…May you find peace in knowing he isn’t suffering and that the good memories will be something you will always treasure…Hugs to all Barbara Curtis

Mr. Martin was a very special person, with a warm heart and kind soul. I am going to miss seeing him puttering around in his back yard. Please accept my most sincere condolences. May time heal your sorrow, memories ease your pain, and peace replace your heartache.

Dear Barb, Ricky & Family, Pam & Family, Susan & Family..we are truly saddened to hear of Derek’s passing. We are in Calgary but our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

So sad to hear of Derek!s passing. My condolences to all the family. You have lots of beautiful memories that you will cherish forever. Derek was a gentleman, a wonderful family man and very special brave person that fought a courageous battle. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Barbara we are so saddened to hear of Derek’s passing.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, Rick, Pamela and Susan at this time as well as your
grandchildren and the Martin family. I always cherished
our friendship since we. met 58 years ago..
Rest in peace Dick

Bob and Carol Roberts

So saddened to hear of the passing of Derek. I have many fond memories of Derek at the firefighters curling bonspiel . Always a true gentleman and a great competitor. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this most difficult time.

Barb and family. Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Derek

. I have many fond memories of Derek during our time working together at the St. john’s Fire Dept.

I hope the many memories you have of your time together will help you through this difficult time
RIP Derek .

Gary Douglas
Chilliwack, BC

Rick, Arlene and Victoria. So sorry for your loss. May God’s grace guide you during this difficult time. All our love. Ryan, Kim Megan and Madison.

So very sorry for your loss. Our condolences to the Martin Family.

Dinah & Randy Brennan