BACKMEIER – Martin passed away in the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on January 18th, 2012 at the age of 90 years, surrounded by his loving wife Toini and their families. Survived by son, Phil and wife Cindy of Nanaimo, BC; daughter, Barb and husband Pat Clements of Langford, BC; grandchildren, Brian, Doug, Tracey, Mitchell and Darrin; great grandchildren, Dylan, David and Bohdi; brothers, Jerome of Saskatchewan and George of Ontario; sisters, Barb and Rose of Edmonton, Alberta.

Predeceased by his daughter Margaret in 2008, and brothers Val and Wendell. Martin joined the Canadian Army in April of 1942 with the rank of Bombardier and was discharged in Vancouver, BC in February of 1946. He then moved to Ladysmith, BC and worked for Crown Zellerbach, Ladysmith Division for 39 years as a faller, retiring in 1982. He was a past member of the Knights of Columbus, and latterly had a passion for gardening. He was a loving and caring, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend.

His memory will be cherished in the hearts of all those lives he touched.

Prayers were offered in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 1132 – 4th Avenue, Ladysmith, BC on Monday, January 23rd, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Mass for the Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Celebrant Father Robert Mmegwa. Interment followed in the Ladysmith Cemetery, Ladysmith, BC. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Telford’s of Ladysmith 250-245-5553

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