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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: Elsie Giesbrecht (Abfalter)
Relation: Fred & Clara were neighbours

I am very sorry to hear of Mr. Gelzinis passing. My husband, Al & our children, Maria & Paul, met your family when Mom & Dad lived next door to you from 1973 -1985 on Second St. Mom told us how much she enjoyed David’s visits to their place when he was a little boy and both Mom & Dad had fond memories of your family, & spoke of you often.

From: Ian Muth
Relation: Friend of his son

I am so sorry to hear about Mr Gelzinis passing away. He had a wonderful smile and I always enjoyed talking with him. My condolences.

From: Pat Leslie
Relation: worked with Beverly

So sorry to hear of Martin’s passing. He was a gentle man that brightened your day when you met him. Love to you Beverly.

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