Obituary of Martin Anthonius Daamen
It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Martinius (Martin) Antonius Daamen who passed away at Bobby’s Hospice in Saint John, NB on July 3, 2023.
Martin was born on February 28, 1933 in Holland, survived the war and moved from Holland to Hardwood Ridge, NB with his mother and father along with 12 brothers and sisters in September 1947 at age 14.
Martin was known as the fastest pea picker in Holland with many wanting to hire him. He was always a hard worker throughout his life including setting pins “by hand” at the local bowling alley in Minto, where he was known as “Dutchie”. He also worked at the Power Commission in Minto, Ocean Steel and Irving Pulp and Paper in Saint John for 31 years, where he retired in 1992 at age 59.
Martin was an avid bowler and won countless trophies and awards throughout the years.
Martin did not work to live, but rather lived to work, always maintaining a well-groomed property. He loved gardening and enjoyed working on his home, which he built himself in 1965, where they still reside today.
Martin was predeceased by his son Michael Martinius Daamen and his parents Hendrica and Antoon Daamen. Predeceased also by his brothers Theodore and Koose Daamen, sisters Ricky (Tony) Vandoren, Martha (Ralph) Steele, Netta (Alvin) Brown, Annie (Al) Daamen, and Christina (John) Bosse.
Martin is survived by his loving wife Marion Edna (Brown) of 62 years who he loved with all his heart. Martin was also survived by five remaining children: Cynthia Dunham, Anthony (Kelley) Daamen, Crystal Dawn (Richard) Sambles, Christina (Todd) Potter, Stephanie (Kevin) Dempster, nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, sister Theresa Arts (Harry-predeceased) of Ontario, brothers Henry (Blanche) Daamen, Joe (Dody) Daamen, Cory (Annette) Daamen, Gerritt (Sheryl) Daamen, all of in Minto, NB and several nieces, nephews and many cousins.
Resting at Hogg Funeral & Cremation Services 10 King Street, Minto, NB with visitation from 12noon – 2:00PM. Followed by graveside service at Saint Bridget’s Cemetery, Hardwood Ridge, NB. For those who wish, donations made to Bobby's Hospice (385 Dufferine Row, Saint John, NB E2M 2J9) would be appreciated by the family.