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Ian Martin

February 9, 1951

August 23, 2023

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Ian Martin on August 23rd at the age of 72. Ian valiantly fought against his deteriorating health for the past six months, but ultimately succumbed to the battle.

Ian is survived by his loving wife Nancy, his children Travis (Tracy) and Amy (Gilbert), and his cherished grandchildren Duncan, Devon, Darcy, Idris, and Evianna, whom he affectionately called “Evianna Banana.” He is also survived by his three brothers: Jim (Faye), Reji (Pam), and Brian (Suzanne). Ian is preceded in death by his mother Joan and father James, as well as his six loyal guide dogs: Kermit, Dominic, Elton, Isaac, Wazey, and Derby.

Despite the challenges life presented him, Ian never complained. Instead, he found ways to overcome difficulties with resilience and maintained his sense of humor. While he had strong opinions and enjoyed a good dose of sarcasm, Ian was always willing to offer guidance, lend a listening ear, and help whenever possible. He actively contributed to society as a member of the Lion’s Club and used his extensive knowledge of Ottawa, acquired from his previous role as a survey crewman with the City of Ottawa, to provide witty directions and assistance as an amateur radio operator.

Ian was a passionate advocate for raising awareness about blindness and the impact of guide dogs. For years, he dedicated his time to speaking with young children, educating them about the purpose of guide dogs and emphasizing the importance of not distracting them during their work. He also showcased various gadgets for the visually impaired, sharing his personal experiences as a blind individual. Ian tirelessly advocated for better accessibility in the city, working to have audible crosswalks installed and participating in projects to aid visually impaired individuals in utilizing public transportation more easily. Additionally, he generously shared his medical complications resulting from his lifelong battle with type 1 diabetes with medical students at the University of Ottawa, hoping to contribute to advancements in medical research.

Ian’s family would like to express their gratitude to the diligent and dedicated staff at the dialysis unit of the Ottawa General Hospital for extending his life and allowing him to spend precious extra years with his loved ones. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, or the Canadian Diabetes Association.

A celebration of Ian’s life will take place on September 16, 2023, from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Kelly Funeral Home – Orleans, located at 2370 St Joseph Blvd.

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