GERKES, Martin Daniel, B.I.D. - Passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at Brampton Civic Hospital consequent of complications related to a five year battle with Lymphoma.
He is survived by his loving common-law wife of 23 years, Catherine Long, his best friend and partner in the building of all things, Colin George Davis, of Oshawa.
Among those who mourn his loss are: inlaws Mary Long, Carl and Martha Sheardown, of Oro Medonte, Thomas Sheardown and Hayley Kay, of Snow Valley, Michael Sheardown of Barrie, Jane Blackstone of Toronto, Suzanne Linnell, of Comox B.C., and Susan Johnson and family, of Melbourne, Australia.
On his maternal side, he leaves an aunt, Otilia Ludvik, an uncle Joe Zalik, and cousins, in Toronto, as well as Anton and Denise Zalik, and family, of Lethbridge, Alberta. He is additionally remembered by a host of friends and colleagues too numerous to mention.
Born in Oshawa, Ontario on June 23rd, 1958, he was the only son and child of Martin and Anna Gerkes, neé Zalik, both of whom were post war emigrés from Slovenia. He spent all of his formative years in the Oshawa, Hampton, and Bowmanville areas, where he and his parents developed an apple orchard.
Martin Daniel’s greatest passion, beyond his work in design, his love of performance cars, WWII combat planes, heavy rock and jazz, emanated from the research, planning, development, and operation of an apple orchard north-west of Bowmanville.
He was the first grower in the area to plant Honeycrisp, the current darling of the apple industry, and became a stalwart defender of small agricultural operations, standing up against the incursions they too often experience consequent of creeping development and over-zealous environmental intrusion.
Friends and colleagues are invited to attend a Memorial Service in Martin Daniel’s honour, at Northcutt Elliott Funeral Home, Bowmanville, ON, on Saturday, November 3rd, at 11 am. A social hour will proceed the joint service for Martin Daniel, and his mother, Anna, who predeceased by two weeks.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to: the Oncology and Palliative Care units of the William Osler Hospital System Foundation-Brampton Civic site, the Canadian Cancer Society, or to the Kidney Foundation.