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Born: Feb 18, 1953
Date of Passing: Jun 01, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Louisa, and his daughter Claire. Left to cherish his memory are his brother Hugh (Helen); sister Donna (John); brother Donald (Catherine), nieces, Diane, Elaine, Pamela, Laura and Lorraine, and nephews, Gerald, Graeme, Iain and Stephen. He was predeceased by his parents, Hugh and Robertina Newlands.
Martin was born in Glasgow, Scotland on February 18, 1953. He came from a happy family with loving parents who taught him good manners, right from wrong, and always to be kind others. When he was a young lad, he joined the Lifeboys in the church and progressed on to the Boys Brigade.
While growing up Martin's favourite sport was soccer, and he was exceptionally good at it. He had numerous football friends, one being the great Kenny Dalgleish who played for Glasgow Celtic (much to Martin's horror as he was a Glasgow Rangers fan). Martin never held it against Kenny, and Kenny went on to become manager of Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool.
After leaving school, Martin served a five-year apprenticeship as an electrician for Scott's Electricians in Glasgow's Clydeside, and as a qualified electrician for Beaton's Electric.
In 1972, Martin suffered a painful back injury and had to have surgery. However, he preferred one of his nurses to dress his wound and it was not long before a romance blossomed. Once he was discharged, they fell in love and married, Louisa married her patient. They went on to have a beautiful daughter, Claire, and in 1977, they decided to immigrate to Winnipeg, Canada. Martin worked as an electrician with Canadian Pacific Railway; a driver with Edgewood Estates, and in 1989, Project Manager at the St. Regis Hotel, and finally Project Manager at the Nor-Villa Hotel. Martin really loved his work and everyone he worked with. Nothing was ever a bother to him, and he was always happy to help anyone. A special thank you to Gilbert, Lorraine, Noele, Denys and Paul.
Martin was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Air Force 402 Squadron, Pipes and Drums. He loved his pipe band and enjoyed the many trips they made across Canada and the States until he retired, after 29 years of service. Martin was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal. The medal was awarded to Canadians who made a significant contribution to their fellow citizens, their community, or to Canada over the previous 50 years.
He was also a member of Rossmere Country Club and enjoyed many games of golf over the years. Unfortunately, due to health issues, he was no longer able to golf, but he still enjoyed watching major tournaments.
Martin was a kind, loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend and will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.
A private family service will be held on Monday, June 8, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. A celebration of Martin's life will follow at the Nor-Villa Hotel. Eulogy by Borys Kozak, Gilbert Gauthier and Noele Gauthier. Piper, Don Blain.
The service will be video recorded and available to view on Thursday, June 11 at https://memorials.richardrosin.ca/martin-newlands/4230146/index.php
The family would like to thank the staff of St. Boniface ICU for their care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Martin may be made to SMD, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, or a charity of one's choice.
Funeral Director Ltd.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 06, 2020
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
Dear Louisa and Claire, My deepest sympathies to you both. It's a long time since Martin and I were at school, both Miltonbank and Colston, but he was one of those guys you just didn't forget. I will always remember our time together with great fondness. Love and best wishes to you both. Robert (Bobby) Frame. - Posted by: Robert Frame (School Pal) on: Dec 27, 2020
I had the pleasure of meeting Martin and his lovely wife Louisa while chatting in their sunroom. He was sharp as a whip and so funny! Seeing Louisa laughing at his jokes as he retold some of their fondest moments together is a memory I will cherish. Louisa and Claire, I send you all my love and prayers. - Posted by: Hong Thai (Friend) on: Jun 24, 2020
Dear Louisa & Claire. I can't imagine the grief you are going through. Martin was a bigger than life person, & well loved by all who new him. Cliff & I will keep you in our prayers & think of you often. Hugs Cliff and June - Posted by: June Cooke (Fiend) on: Jun 12, 2020
Dear Louisa and family, I worked at Rossmere for almost 40 years and Martin was one of my very favorites. So sorry for your loss. Martin was indeed a special person. Carol - Posted by: carol e parry (Knew from Rossmere Golf Club) on: Jun 12, 2020
Dear Louisa and family, my sincere sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your dear husband and father. I know we have not spoken in many years but I remember when you would tell stories about Martin I could always tell how much you loved him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this very difficult time. - Posted by: Donna Passante (friend) on: Jun 06, 2020
Louisa. My sympathy with your loss. I remember you and Martin from the days working at Eatons. I worked in appliances and fondly remember you and your family at Santa’s breakfasts. You were always a sweet kind family. Have thought about you and hope you are well. My condolences on your loss. - Posted by: Dave johnston (Friend) on: Jun 06, 2020
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