Winchester Press – obit – Martin Dee Ballantyne

Martin Dee Ballantyne

Martin Ballantyne passed away after a lengthy illness at KingstonGeneral Hospital on Fri., Nov. 17, 2006. He was 71.
He was the son of the late Jack and Norma Jean (Martin) Ballantyne,and the step-son of the late Haldane Durant. He was the belovedhusband of Doonie (nee Dillabough) of Belleville. He was the lovingfather of Brent (Cara) of Oakville, and Craig of Burlington.
He is survived by siblings Pat (Mel) Abel of Belleville, Steven(Sharon) Durant of Vernon, B.C., Carolyn (Mark) Loucks of Tillbury,and Kay Hill of Merrickville. He was predeceased by brother JohnDurant. He is also remembered by Doonie’s sister Berneyce Carlyleof Chesterville, and by all of his nieces, nephews, cousins, andextended family.
During his early childhood, Martin lived in Morewood and attendedlocal schools. Shortly after graduating from Chesterville HighSchool, he began working for Bell Canada and remained with thecompany for over 32 years.
Following retirement, Martin and Doonie spent each winter in Florida.He looked forward to the sun, the beach, and golf. Martin wasan avid golfer, who loved the game and the companionship of hisfellow golfers, and will be sadly missed by his many golfing friends.
Martin’s friendliness, humour, and pleasant personality will beremembered by all who knew him.
A heart-warming eulogy was given by Brent Ballantyne in memoryof his Dad, and the service was closed with the committal andprayer by Rietta Hillis of Morewood.
Inurnment was held on Mon., Nov. 27 at Maple Ridge Cemetery inChesterville.