Robert Martin

Mr. Rob Martin

Sunday, July 30th, 1939 - Thursday, February 13th, 2020
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MARTIN, Robert Ivan

Esteemed professor, writer and scholar, Rob Martin, died peacefully, at age 80 years, at the Guelph General Hospital on Thursday, February 13, 2020. Rob is survived by his two sons Ivan (Elena) and Dawson (Krysia), their mother Barbara, his granddaughter Asha, his sister Nancy (Trevor) Tranter, his nephew Tom and his niece Jane. Rob was the son of Major Ivan Harold Martin and Annette Joyce (nee McLaren) Martin.

Friends are invited to meet with the family at the Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, Dublin Chapel, 252 Dublin St. N., Guelph, on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow in the funeral home chapel at 12:00 p.m. Interment, Woodlawn Memorial Park, Guelph. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated by the family. Cards are available at the funeral home (519-822- 4731) and condolences may be sent to the family online at
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Dublin Chapel
    252 Dublin St. N.
    Guelph, Ontario N1H 4P3
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 12:00pm
    Dublin Chapel
    252 Dublin St. N.
    Guelph, Ontario N1H 4P3
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The Rev. Canon Ralph Blackman
  • Interment

    Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 | 12:45pm
    Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 12:45pm
    Woodlawn Memorial Park
    762 Woolwich St.,
    Guelph, ON N1H 3Z1
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Janet Gould

Posted at 12:39am
Dear Nancy and Trevor
I was saddened to see the obituary for Rob, and I wanted to send you my condolences. Although our paths went separate ways so many years ago I will never forget Rob’s zest for making friends, for friendly arguments, his passionately held ideas. He was perhaps the brightest person I have ever known and was also very funny!
I will always remember your family with gratitude and affection.
- Janet


Syd Usprich

Posted at 09:38pm
I had the pleasure and privilege of knowing Rob as a friend and a colleague for over 50 years. He was a year ahead of me at U of T Law School and then we both taught at Western for several decades.

Rob had strong political views which he espoused freely and worked diligently for. He remained steadfast in his beliefs of fairness, justice, and equality with special privleges for none. Indeed, I was often amused by students who mistakenly believed he held right-wing views after the rest of the world eventually caught up to his at one-time radical perspective.

Nor was his interest and breadth of knowledge confined to law and politics -- he was a stalwart member of a small group of law faculty members who for a time played weekly trivia at a local pub. And played quite well -- we triumphed once as the top team in North America.

I am saddened at Rob's passing and I extend my heart-felt condolences to his family.

Syd Usprich
Arva, Ontario

Peter Neary

Posted at 05:23pm
Dear Members of the Martin Family: Hilary and I send you our sincerest condolences as we remember a life well lived, Requiescat in Pace. I honour Rob as a scholar of distinction and a loyal and true countryman. He was an inspiration in his life and work.

Peter Neary
London, Ontario

Ben Hovius

Posted at 05:19pm
Rob was my colleague in the Faculty of Law, UWO, for many years. We worked closely together in preparing teaching materials for Constitutional Law and in delivering the Law for Journalists course that Rob created and nurtured. I respected his intellect greatly and valued his comments on the drafts of my articles. I also worked on his political campaigns when he boldly challenged a popular incumbent in London East.

Rob always called a spade a spade, whether in conversation or in his writing. He fearlessly spoke his mind. He also showed incredible courage in battling the effects of a car accident early in life and of his strokes much later.

Ian Hunter

Posted at 11:46am
Dear Family:
I am so sorry to learn of your loss. Rob was a treasured colleague and friend. His scholarship will live on, as will his memory among the students whose careers he helped shape.
Rest eternal, grant him O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon him.
Ian Hunter
Ian Hunter

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