October 21, 2022. Peter Martinak, 95, passed away peacefully at CAMA Woodlands facility, in Burlington, Ontario following a recent brief illness.
A devoted husband of 64 years, to Evelyn (Comfort, 1934-2016); Peter is survived by his three sons, Michael (Gail), Brian (Debbie) & David (Caroline) and daughter Elizabeth Martinez (Robert); seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Born July 11, 1927, in Skalite, Slovak Republic, son of Michal Martiniak and Dorata (Comecky) and eldest brother to three siblings, Anne (Chester), Joseph (Irene) and Mary (Steve). The family immigrated to Steinbeck, Manitoba in 1938 and later moved to the Niagara region. Peter and Evelyn purchased a home in Fenwick in 1953 where they raised their family and remained esteemed members of the community and Church, renowned for their volunteer efforts in later years, prior to moving to Vineland in 2015.
Peter was a crane operator at Atlas Steels in Welland, for more than 45 years until transitioning into his retirement by working part-time for the Town of Pelham. A farmer at heart, he took pride in his vegetable garden, fruit trees and sharing the harvest with family and neighbors. He enjoyed bowling, horseshoes, crokinole and family vacations. As a proud father and grandfather, he was always eager to attend sporting and community activities of all.
At Peter’s request there will be no funeral service. If desired, the family suggests memorial donations to CAMA Woodlands or Church of Christ, Fenwick.
Peter will be missed by all who loved him and remembered as an extraordinary husband, father, grandfather, brother, in-law, uncle, friend, and mentor.