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252 Regent St.
Sudbury, ON P3C 4C8
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Patricia "Paddy" Martyn (Polley)

Thursday, August 22nd, 1946 - Monday, October 19th, 2020
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Patricia (Paddy) Martyn (1946-2020)

It is with sorrow that the family announces the passing of our wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend, Paddy Martyn. Paddy passed away peacefully on Monday, October 19th, 2020 at Pioneer Manor. She was the daughter of the late Agnes (Gus) and Peter Cooke Polley. Paddy leaves behind her husband and best friend of 46 years, Taras (Terry), sons Daniel (Emma, and grandson Jonah, in Australia), and Michael, in Sudbury. Paddy is the sister of John (Irene, in Bishop’s Mills), and Peter. She leaves her nephews and nieces and their families: Ben, Dan, Stephen, and Olena. Paddy enjoyed spending good times with her friend and former neigbour Karen Lindquist. Paddy will miss her dear pet Taffy.

Paddy was a schoolteacher who taught in Kingston, Belleville, North Bay, and Sudbury (Confederation Secondary School, Marymount College, and St. Charles College). Paddy was an excellent cook and the house was full of people on special occasions and holidays to celebrate friendship with a good meal. Paddy was very artistic and creative. She enjoyed learning new arts and crafts and sharing them with others. Paddy was a champion of the “underdog” and believed in fairness, no matter who or what the circumstance. She always gave 100 effort and expected everyone else to do the same.

Her failing health brought her to Pioneer Manor, where she has been a resident for the past 7 years. Although she did not want to be there, she did not flounder in sorrow or self-pity, but soon found her way and a new role within her new home. She participated in Arts and Crafts activities and in the last year became the President of the Residents Council at the Manor. Paddy worked closely with Lydia and Denise to engage the residents and make the Manor a better place.

Our family extends our heartfelt thanks to the many people who looked after Paddy. Thank you to the administrative staff, the girls in physiotherapy, and especially all the staff in Cedar Place. TO the kitchen staff, RNs, RPNs, and the PSWs; you took care of Paddy and all the other residents, sometimes under difficult conditions but always with humour and a friendly smile. Paddy got to know many of you very well and looked upon you as her friends - for that, the family is grateful.

Donations to the Ontario Lung Association or the Ukrainian Seniors’ Centre in Paddy’s memory would be kindly appreciated. Funeral Service in the R.J. Barnard Chapel, Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home, 233 Larch Street, Sudbury, on Saturday, October 24th, 2020, at 11:30am. Interment in the Civic Memorial Cemetery. (Friends may gather in the chapel after 11am Saturday. Due to COVID-19 Pandemic directives, 80 people or fewer are permitted in the chapel.) Those unable to attend the service may view the livestream: by clicking here . For donations and messages of condolence,
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    Saturday, October 24th, 2020 | 11:30am
    Saturday, October 24th, 2020 11:30am
    R.J. Barnard Chapel
    233 Larch St
    Sudbury, ON P3B 1M2
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    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, 80 people or fewer may attend the service. Others may view the live stream: by clicking here . Friends may gather after 11am in the chapel. Face masks are mandatory.
    Deacon Rolland Muzzatti
  • Interment

    Civic Memorial Cemetery
    365 Second Ave N.
    Sudbury, Ontario P3B 3M4
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Daniel Martyn

Posted at 03:49am
With loving memories of "Patricia "Paddy" Martyn", From your loving son and grandson, Daniel & Jonah Martyn

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Dan Polley

Posted at 05:43pm
Michael, Daniel, and Terry,
We are saddened by Aunt Paddy's passing. I will always remember her welcoming and kind spirit. Her generosity and great cooking in the kitchen helped put some meat on my bones! Our thoughts are with you,
Dan, Wendy and kids

Emma Martyn

Posted at 12:17am
Paddy was a strong and generous woman who loved her family unconditionally. She will be missed.

Daniel Martyn

Posted at 05:02pm
I would like to share a story about my Mother who I will miss greatly every day.

Years ago when Paddy first arrived at Pioneer Manor and her Grandson Jonah was 2 or 3 years old, my Father and Mother purchased 2 books of which they could record there voice while reading the story, and mailed out to us. My Father read a Superhero book and my Mother read “ Winnie The Pooh’s Plan Bee”. Remembering that I still had these books in Jonah’s closet, I took out Winnie the Pooh and Jonah sat on my lap last night for story time.

So there we were listening to his Grandmother’s voice and watching him smile and laugh, enjoying the story. Although my Mother has left us, her voice is immortalised in a children’s book about a Bear trying to find some honey. This is a gift I will Treasure for the rest of my life, and look forward to listening to the story again with my son for the years to come.

Your Loving Son Daniel

Brenda Zemoroz

Posted at 02:54pm
Terry and family my sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with you.
Paddy brought happiness to many including myself. Vichnaya pamyat Brenda Zemoroz

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