Martine (nee Richer) McLean passed away peacefully at Queen Victoria Hospital at the age of 47 on December 2, 2014. Martine battled cancer with tremendous courage and strength for over two years. She is predeceased by her mother, Claudette, and her golden lab, Jake. Martine sadly leaves behind her husband of nearly 22 years, Norris, her two teenage sons, Tayller and Calen, and her dog, Molly. Martine also leaves her father Claude (Liette), brother Dominique, sister Nathalie (Daniel), sister Sophie, five nieces, one great nephew, and many special friends.
Martine was born on December 1, 1967 in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec where she lived until she joined the Canadian Armed Forces in the mid-eighties. It was in the Armed Forces where she met the love of her life, Norris, and married him in 1992. They moved to Revelstoke in 1993 and started their family in 1995. Martine had a variety of work experiences in Revelstoke including volunteering at the Tourist Information Centre, a member of the RCMP Auxiliary, a cashier at Southside Grocery and, in more recent years, working at Queen Victoria Hospital in both the kitchen and in the scheduling office.
Martine was a doting, loving mom who was most content when she was taking care of her family. Her greatest source of pride and joy were her two sons. Her love for “her boys” was tangible and she was hugely proud of their accomplishments. Martine’s greatest wish was for her sons to continue to be happy and successful. Martine will be remembered as avid dog lover (especially golden retrievers), a patient flower gardener, and a wonderful cook and baker. Sharing her recipes and baking was almost as important as her most prized food — Poutine. She enjoyed socializing with friends and loved a good laugh. Martine also loved to travel with her family. Travel destinations close to her heart were Maui, Isla Mujeres (Mexico) and Poverty Beach, PEI all of which reflect her love of the ocean and her connection to sea turtles.
Family and friends would like to thank all of the staff at Queen Victoria Hospital for their wonderful, loving care. Martine always commented on the special care that she felt she received at QVH during her illness.
There will be no funeral service. As an expression of sympathy, donations can be made in Martine’s memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 6450 Roberts Street, Suite 150, Burnaby, B.C. V5G 4E1.
Messages of sympathy may be sent to Martine’s family by viewing her obituary at www.brandonbowersfuneralhome.com.
Cremation arrangements are in the care of Brandon Bowers Funeral Home, Revelstoke.