Robert Martin
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Obituary of Robert Thomas Martin

MARTIN: Robert Thomas

March 22, 1996 - April 8, 2022, Chatham

It is with profound sadness the VanPuymbroeck and Martin families announce Robert’s death by suicide. In his 27th year, Robert was living with mental illnesses and sorrowfully lost hope for the future.

Although the system failed him, people didn’t. Sincere thanks to the Chatham Kent and Ontario Provincial Police officers as well as to the nurses at the Canadian Mental Health Association and Chatham-Kent Health Alliance who listened and tried to help.

Robert was predeceased by his grandmother, Eliza Kazarian, grandfather, Lawrence VanPuymbroeck and is survived by his mother Leonie (Kazarian) VanPuymbroeck and step-father Darrell VanPuymbroeck, his father, Tom and step-mother Marianne (Ware) Martin; siblings Brian Martin and spouse Tysha Eagleson, Andrea Martin and spouse Jermaine Deechan, Matt VanPuymbroeck, Shawna (VanPuymbroeck) and spouse Scott Bosselaar and Emily Chung; grandparents, Kevork Kazarian, Pete and Donna (Drow) Martin, Shirley (Pottelberg) VanPuymbroeck; and will be missed by nieces and nephews Braydon and McKayli VanPuymbroeck, Lillian Martin, Cameron and Amelia Bosselaar, Clark and Benjamin Martin, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Robert loved his cousin Lee Deacon like a second brother and considered Todd and Lori (Drow) Deacon’s house a second home. Robert will always be remembered for his love of family, especially his nieces and nephews, his intelligence, kindness and unique sense of humour.

Visitation by family and friends will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham from 3:00 - 5:00pm and 7:00 - 9:00pm. A private family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. All expressions of sympathy including flowers (all white arrangements with no lilies please), donations to Chatham Kent Hospice Foundation and cards are welcome.

Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com

McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham, 519-351-2040

Thursday
14
April

Visitation

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday, April 14, 2022
McKinlay Funeral Home - Chatham
459 St. Clair Street
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
Thursday
14
April

Visitation

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday, April 14, 2022
McKinlay Funeral Home - Chatham
459 St. Clair Street
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
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