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Born: Feb 10, 1961

Date of Passing: Jan 26, 2021

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February 10, 1961 - January 26, 2021

It is with the very heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of a precious son, brother, uncle and friend, Martin Paul Opitz.
After a courageous battle with terminal cancer, the Lord Jesus Christ called Martin home in the 59th year of his time here on earth to be with Him in His eternal presence.
Martin leaves to mourn his loving mother, Sylvia; his brothers, Brian and Wayne, and Wayne's wife Teresa; his little sister Sherilynn; his nieces, Kyla, Jadyn and Peyton; his nephews Jordan and Dylan; as well as countless others who he has touched with his godly conviction and love.
He was predeceased by his father, Marty Sr., and brother-in-law Rick Friesen.
While his passing was both sudden and heart wrenching for all, we are left assured by his life, words, legacy and, most importantly, God's Word and Spirit, that his faith has carried him home to his ultimate destiny. Martin wanted us all to know this and to be affirmed in the belief that "to live be Christ and to die is gain." (Philippians 1: 22). Martin demonstrated this faith right to the end and his hope for everyone was that all would come to a knowledge of Christ. This truly best describes Martin and his godly purpose here on earth. We miss you and love you Martin, and your memory will forever live within our hearts. Peace, Love and Joy.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 30, 2021

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • Deepest condolences to the Opitz family. When we first moved to Tyndall Park in 1972, there were acres of land along Bentley street which was also known as the "field". Marty would organize our touch football games from May till October. There would be 10 to 12 of us learning the rules of football from him and following his lead when he would be be explaining who " Don Jonas " was and how he threw a perfect spiral for the Blue Bombers. Good times indeed. Our ball hockey games on Manley were legendary, and Marty would organize the teams so that they would be fair . Those early days on Manley Ave, the fun we had with Football, ball Hockey and ice Hockey at the ole Tyndall Park community club on Ringel and Manitoba Avenue were in large part due to Marty and his organizational skills and getting everyone out for a game of football or hockey each and every day. A few of us from the Tyndall Park area played Junior hockey or Junior football and one that I know of from Manley Avenue played for the Blue Bombers. I look back to those days and think of Marty's contribution. - Posted by: Lee McDonald (Manley Ave -Friend) on: May 23, 2021

  • I am sad to hear of Martin's passing. We worked at the same school for a while. He was always a bright light and a friendly person for many kids and staff. He made a difference each day, positively influencing others. If memory serves, he may be the first person I ever saw ride his bike to work every day, even in the winter! I am glad that I bumped into him a couple times, in recent years, at sports events. Heartfelt condolences to his family. - Posted by: Bobby Burns (colleague) on: Feb 04, 2021

  • Our students were very fortunate to have had received any assistance from Martin. As a colleague of Martin’s, it was always a pleasure to be in his company. Martin was always a bright light. I will miss seeing him, as he always maintained his great character, consistently, no matter how many days passed since his prior visit. A great listener, and a great conversationalist. Thanks Martin. - Posted by: Geoff Hoy (Work Acquaintance) on: Feb 02, 2021

  • It is with great sadness to hear about the passing of Martin. He was a very kind person who lit up a room with his humour and infectious smile. I first met Martin in the month of May 1988 on a tour bus to go see Bruce Springsteen in Minneapolis. Everyone on the bus ended up with a nickname, his being “Max” and his brothers being “Woody”. It was a very memorable weekend and was hard to forget. We continued to bump into each other at many concerts. It became a habit to search for each other when we arrived at a show just so we could catch up on life and reminisce about our first encounter. Several years later we ended up working in the same school division and our paths would continue to cross. It was always a pleasure to have Martin work at our school, he had a great memory for the students names and their needs. He will be truly missed by all of us at John Taylor Collegiate. Until we meet again at that great concert in the sky Max. - Posted by: Perry Thibodeau (Friend) on: Feb 01, 2021

  • Dear Silvia, Brian, Wayne, Sherilynn and all of the Opitz-Family. The news of Marty jr. death greatly saddened me. My heartfelt condolences! I am grateful to have had the privilege of knowing him. You are in my thoughts and prayers. With love, Verena from Frauenkirchen, Austria - Posted by: Verena Weisz (distant relative / friend of the family) on: Jan 31, 2021

  • You were a great blessing, and so fearless, in impacting my life the way you did!!! I'll never forget you Mart. Our paths'll cross again here, there, or in the air. I'll be seeing you in all the old familiar places. - Posted by: Daniel Shane (Friend) on: Jan 31, 2021

  • Martin, such a Influential Man~was so excited about Messiah and the Body of Believers, recently his Dear Friends in South-Eastern Manitoba who loved Martin much more than any Friend, they were his Family apart from his Birth Family. Martin had good Friends from Kehilah Haverim Mashiach (Fellowship of the Messiah) and long standing friends with the 12 Tribes, believers he loved to be challenged by. So many People loved Marty, so many cared for him; body, soul, and spirit. Marty's "Faith in Action" is what I will always remember most!! He loved to engage in deep discussions, of which Marty was able to manage learning on his Educational Skills to keep the group in discussion and some times debate~ yet the atmosphere was ALWAYS conducive and productive, I never experienced division, arguing or negativety. He carried this "Blessing" everywhere he went. His love for People and the Joy of Salvation and Eternal Life and Fellowship with these Precious People was always the motivation he shared. Even as his Body began to physically break down.... much earlier than it should have, His Soul and Spirit grew steadily stronger with each and every Mountain He climbed. Martin did not give up, beheld fast to his Faith, Family, and Friends. Heaven is much Richer now with Martin's arrival..... and we who knew Martin are saddened temporarily but for a moment in his passing. Martin's first words He will hear will be, "Well done good and faithful Servant!" For us on this side of Glory, Martin is now in the Great Cloud of the Faithful Witnesses cheering us on until we too finish our own race. Martin, Brother I love you, I respect you~ your life, your ministry, your passion, and your compassion will be missed deeply by many.... no one will ever be able to fill your boots Brother. Until Our Mourning turns into Dancing~ May the Lord Bless and Keep You! May the Lord make His Face to Shine upon You and be Gracious to You. May the Lord lift up His Countenance upon You, and give You His Peace!! Baruch dayan Emet!! May the mention of Your Name be a Blessing!! Shalom (Peace) Brother~ Your Achi Daniel Riedner - Posted by: Daniel Riedner (Friend~ Brother in Christ....Mashiach Yeshua (Jesus).) on: Jan 30, 2021

  • It was always a pleasure to speak with Martin, such a pleasant person, such a gentleman. RIP......You will not be forgotten. - Posted by: Marlene Lang (Friend) on: Jan 30, 2021

  • Was so sad to hear of the sudden and premature passing of Marty. My family all remember the sweet innocent times we shared singing songs on the swing sets on our backyards. Wonderful memories and wonderful neighbors. Deepest Condolences to Sylvia, Brian, Wayne & extended Family. Wonderful to know he lived for Christ and We have that Peace & Assurance to stand on His promises & know where we are going. - Posted by: Darlene Frankiw (formerly Kaskiw) (Friend of Marty & Family) on: Jan 30, 2021

  • I did not know Martin but his obituary warmed my heart. I think his final endeavour to pray for all that, while there is still time, make the choice of accepting Jesus shows he finished the race well. - Posted by: Michael (None) on: Jan 30, 2021

  • So sorry to hear this news. Our deepest sympathies to the family. - Posted by: Kim and Vince Beauchamp (Friend ) on: Jan 30, 2021

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