Martin Dee Ballantyne
Martin Ballantyne passed away after a lengthy illness at Kingston General 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 beloved husband of Doonie (nee Dillabough) of Belleville. He was the loving father 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 John Durant. He is also remembered by Doonie’s sister Berneyce Carlyle of Chesterville, and by all of his nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
During his early childhood, Martin lived in Morewood and attended local schools. Shortly after graduating from Chesterville High School, he began working for Bell Canada and remained with the company 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 was an avid golfer, who loved the game and the companionship of his fellow golfers, and will be sadly missed by his many golfing friends.
Martin’s friendliness, humour, and pleasant personality will be remembered by all who knew him.
A heart-warming eulogy was given by Brent Ballantyne in memory of his Dad, and the service was closed with the committal and prayer by Rietta Hillis of Morewood.
Inurnment was held on Mon., Nov. 27 at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville.