Martin Harkema

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Martin. He lost his 13 year old battle with cancer on the 20th of July, 2012, in Hospice House in Kelowna, with his family at his side.

Martin was born at home in Houston, B.C., to Hinke and Rienk Harkema on December the 3rd, 1950. Predeceased by his Mom and Dad, brother Tom and sister Helen.

Left to mourn and always love him are his wife, Connie of 39 years. Children, Corie, sons Craig (Tammy) and Cody. Grandchildren, Kelsie, Kendra, Emerson and Elliott, great grandchildren Ever and Corvin. Brother and sisters, Bill (Anne) of Vancouver, Ida in Vernon, Wilma (Bernie) in Prince George, Julia (George) in Holland, Bertha in Enderby and Nancy (Clark) in Abbotsford. His mother in law Freida and family. Also left to mourn him are several nieces and nephews and friends from all over BC.

Martin grew up in Houston, B.C.. He was a hard working man and loved the outdoors. Martin spent many years working “up North” for Barrick Gold at Eskay Creek, along side his friend, Robin Harmati.

Martin retired early because of his fight with cancer, so he spent a lot of time gardening at home and doing reno’s on the house.

He loved his family and enjoyed “Happy Hour” on Quigley Mountain in Kelowna. He was a passionate reader and would always be looking for another book. He was extremely proud of his home and garden that he and Connie worked on together.

We will always miss your beautiful blue eyes, your smile, your laugh, and your generous heart.


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