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Martin George Gelzinis

December 8, 1923 - June 10, 2015


After struggling with health issues, in the early hours of June 10th, Martin Gelzinis passed away peacefully in the presence of caring third floor nurses at Kootenay Lake Hospital.

He was born in Lithuania in 1923 moving to Nelson in 1948. Martin quickly came to love this little city, his Kootenay Forest work place, the streets, parks, tennis courts and ski hills.  “I’ll just go and say a few hellos”, he’d say heading for all the grocery stores and of course the mall. A true people person!

Martin’s greatest joy was his family and he treasured every aspect of togetherness.

A cherished husband to Beverly, father to David, Janette and Fraser, father in-law to Steve Grant and Kaori Nissato and Ula Mezynska.

Many, many quality times and photos will keep him in the memory of his young Penticton grandsons, Eli (13), Jaras (11), Taver (9) and little Viktor Sho Gelzinis (21 months) of Victoria.

No service is planned at this time but a memorial gathering will take place later in the year.

Thank you to all who played such a special role in Martin’s life.

To quote his daughter in law “an amazing guy”


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Brody
Relation: Mrs. G was my 4th grade teacher

So sorry to hear of Martin’s passing. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your loved one.

From: Wanda and Ken Woikin

Hugs and sympathy, to you, Bev, and all the family. Mr G was a very special person!

From: Janice Willman
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

A very lovely man–we’re sorry he is gone. My condolences, Beverly.

From: Lois Arnesen
Relation: friend

Dear Bev and family, I am so sorry to read that Martin passed away. He always had a smile and time to chat whenever I met him. May you and your family have many happy memories.

Lois Arnesen

From: Susan Baker
Relation: Friend of friendsdear

From: Natalie Petersen
Relation: Through my Dad Leif Petersen

I met Martin when he would come into my parents store on his walks. He was always cheerful and friendly. Martin knew my Dad Leif Petersen.

My condolences to his family.

From: Liana and Bob Horkoff
Relation: Friend

Dear Bev and family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Thinking of you in your time of sorrow. Martin was a gentleman.

From: Gail Scarff
Relation: friend

Sorry to hear of Martin’s passing. Our condolences to Bev and the family. Always enjoyed chatting with Martin when he was out for one of his many walks. He will be sadly missed in the neighbourhood!

From: Katrin Dittrich
Relation: friend

Dear Beverly and family, although I am nearly 8.000 km away from Nelson, I am very sorry that Martin is gone now. All the Best to all of you. Hugs from Dresden, Germany.

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