Carol Ann Martin

January 20, 1944 - October 17, 2020

Funeral Details:

It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Carol Ann Martin with family at her side at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre on Saturday, October 17th, 2020.  Beloved wife of the late Arthur Martin and cherished mother of the late Rob Martin.  Cherished mother of Ryan, daughter-in-law Marie and an adored wonderful Grandmother of Madelyn and Charlie Martin.   Carol was the daughter of the late Charles and Eleanor Agnew, and daughter-in-law of the late Sid and Hannah Martin.  Carol is survived by her sister and best friend Beverley Ornella (Gary), brother Terry Agnew (Teresa), predeceased by sister Linda Agnew, and brothers Charles Agnew and Paul Agnew.  Carol will be sincerely missed by her in-laws Linda Agnew, Joy Farrow-Agnew, Shirley Ann Forget (the late Eddie Forget), and Judy & Jim Brady.  Carol will be greatly missed by her family of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, many friends and her nursing classmates.  She always loved getting together with family and attending her Nursing Reunions to reminisce about all the fun times and catching up on each other’s lives.

Carol was born in Peterborough, ON and moved to Barrie with her parents in 1945.  She attended Barrie North Collegiate and graduated from the Royal Victoria School of Nursing in 1964.  After graduation, she started her career at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, ON returning to Barrie to marry her high school sweetheart and to continue her nursing at RVHRHC in the Operating Room and Orthopaedic Fracture Clinic until her retirement in 1999. Carol loved life to the fullest, her family, and enjoyed playing softball (inducted to Barrie Sports Hall of Fame as Provincial Champion Monarch Butterflies), curling, golfing (member of Bear Creek), downhill skiing, avid reader and sports enthusiast, and enjoyed her travels of many places around the globe. Carol’s greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren, watching them grow into beautiful, thoughtful, loving young adults, cheering them on at their baseball games, and simply hanging out with them.

Her family wishes to send a special thank you to the medical staff at RVRHC for the exceptional care and compassion she received.

Memorial donations may be made in Carol’s name to the Royal Victoria Regional Hospital Foundation, or the charity of your choice.

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21 Condolences
  • Shirley Forget
    Posted on: Monday, October 19, 2020 Reply

    Oh those eyes! Carol was a beautiful woman, inside and out! She was much loved by all of “The Martins”. We had so much fun on holidays together, and golfing, skiing. My heart breaks for Ryan, Marie, and family and for her dear sister Beverly. Be at rest Carol❤️

  • Mary Pettipas
    Posted on: Monday, October 19, 2020 Reply

    A wonderful lady, always had a smile on her face. She was a mentor to me when I was in nursing school and my head nurse for many years in the start of my nursing career. She always looked out for her patients and fellow nurses she definitely took no crap! Lol I was lucky to know her personally & professionally. RIP I’m sure Art and Rob were waiting for her. My heart aches for those she left behind. 😇😘

  • June Everton
    Posted on: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Reply

    My heart cries for you Ryan in the loss of your Mom. My deepest sympathy to you and your family in your loss. Ryan, I pray for you to be strong and carry on each day cherishing all your family times together. That is what your Mom would wish for you. Hugs.

  • John and Sandi Porter
    Posted on: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Reply

    We are so sad to hear this news.
    Carol lived a great life though. Always friendly, she made others at ease right away. One lovely lady!
    We had so many good times with Carol and Art at the Edgehill house.
    Carol will be missed.

  • Loretta Varley
    Posted on: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Reply

    Rest in Peace my friend, I was blessed to have met Carol at Golf and we became fast friends. We shared good times, wine, and a lot of laughs, she will be deeply missed. My thoughts go out to Ryan, Marie, Madelyn, Charlie and Bev you where deeply loved by Carol which she expressed to me many times. I will think of you when I,m putting because you showed me how to putt better. Again rest peacefully.

  • Kathleen Preston
    Posted on: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Reply

    My sincerest condolences to you Marie, Ryan, and your family, I’m so very sorry for your loss,

  • Jennifer Quinlan
    Posted on: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Reply

    Ryan, Marie, Madelyn & Charlie, Heaven has a new angel to watch over you. Your mum (gramma) was an amazing lady, I always enjoyed spending time with her, she could really light up a room. Our deepest Condolences to all of you – Jenn, Travis & Ben xo

  • Terry Calvert
    Posted on: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Reply

    I am proud to have been a friend to Carol for over 57 years and I was privileged to witness her graduation for the RVH School of Nursing on June 3, 1964, when my wife Joan was also among her graduating classmates. When I think of Carol, I recall her and Art’s love for a good party, whether it be in their 1st apartment on High St. or on Peel St., or in their house on Miller Dr., or in their house on Edgehill Drive. Carol was a driving force on many planning committees for several reunions of her RVH classmates over the years and she was a knowledgeable and loyal fan of Toronto Blue Jays Baseball. Carol was admired by many people in the medical profession and after her retirement from nursing, she continued to be of service to people when she operated her own nail salon business in downtown Barrie. She will be truly missed by her family and her wide network of friends. May She Rest in Peace.

  • Rita Hauck
    Posted on: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Reply

    Ryan so sorry for your lose. Carol was a wonderful person & she will be greatly missed.

  • Sandra Bertram
    Posted on: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Reply

    Ryan Marie Madelyn Charlie and loved sister Bev my heart goes out to all of you. Carol was such a great friend , she touched everyone in such a special way. Dress up times, reunions, ball games, happy hrs, All such great times. You will be missed my friend. Rest In Peace.

  • Carol & Lou Ornella
    Posted on: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Reply

    Our deepest sympathy to all of Carol’s family. It was our privilege to have Carol in our life. She was a beautiful soul. She always wore that infectious smile and made one feel so at home in her presence. May she be reunited with her loved ones. Carol may you dance with the Angel’s. God bless!

  • Muriel Blanchard
    Posted on: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Reply

    Ryan & Marie & the whole family Carol was so proud of you all. She loved life, she was such a great person. I’ll always be thankful for her being in my life. She made such a big impact on those that knew her. She was a kind, loving person with a huge sense of humor. I will miss her dearly as anyone that knew her will.
    Rest In Peace My Friend

  • Doug & Donna Harris
    Posted on: Thursday, October 22, 2020 Reply

    Our deepest sympathy to you Ryan and your family. Your Mom was a wonderful lady. We had good times together. She had a wonderful sense of humor. She lived for her family. Loved to tell me all about her Grandchildren and what they were doing. We also had many laughs on the golf course and especially on golf trips. She was always willing to help out when needed and I will miss her.
    Thinking of you Ryan and your family. Rest in Peace My friend

  • Agatha
    Posted on: Thursday, October 22, 2020 Reply

    Rest In Peace beautiful lady, I will miss our visits.
    Condolences to Carols family

  • Pat Shellswell
    Posted on: Friday, October 23, 2020 Reply

    Condolences to all the Martin family. Art, Carol, Jim and I enjoyed many fun social events when we were involved in Jaycee’s and Jaycette’s. Some of the most memorable times was going to the Martin cottage on Doe Lake and snowmobiling. Art and Carol were always a lot of fun with a great sense of humour. Whenever we got together you knew you were in for a good time!

  • Murray & Kay Giffen
    Posted on: Saturday, October 24, 2020 Reply

    We want to express our condolences to you, Ryan & Marie & Family. Treasure your precious memories of a very lovely & kind lady! May the Lord Bless you in the days ahead.

  • Bill and Sharron Carpenter
    Posted on: Monday, October 26, 2020 Reply

    What a loss to all of us who knew Carol. Bill has known her since public school (can’t remember if Grade 7 or 8). She was always so much fun. May she rest in peace and may your memories be a blessing.
    Thinking of you at this sad time.

  • Diane Elliott
    Posted on: Monday, October 26, 2020 Reply

    I am so sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. I feel privileged to have known her. I loved her zest for life and what a great sense of humor. My sympathy to her family

  • Heather & Wayne Batchilder
    Posted on: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Reply

    Where do I begin…. Carol has been like a sister to me for almost 70 years. So many memories, Grey Cup Parades, Girls Get A Ways, Agnew Family functions and so much more. Carol even took both our boys for ski WEEKS (brave girl!). Her smile was infectious and those beautiful eyes sparkled with life and fun. Ryan, Marie, Madelyn, Charlie, Bev, Terry and all the Agnew and Martin families, please know that our arms are wrapped around all of you in comfort and love, today and always. God definitely has a new angel in heaven with him.
    All our love, as always, Heather Wayne, Brett, Craig and Families.

  • Carol Ann Harrison Balmer
    Posted on: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Reply

    So sorry to hear aboutCarol. We had good times golfing at Boyne Mountain and December 1999/2000 in her hot tub. What a great fun loving person.

  • Nancy Hipwell and the Hipwell Family
    Posted on: Thursday, November 5, 2020 Reply

    I would need a book to write all the memories we have and all of the ways that “Auntie” Carol touched all of our lives. From summer swims, to the showers she threw for Beth and for me, wing nights at Tiffs, to so many evenings my parents spent with she and art enjoying wine in the hot tub and dinners together. I remember when I used to call her from B.C. and accidentally wake her up because I forgot about the time change. She never ever complained and always told me how glad she was to talk to me.
    Looking at that gorgeous face and those incredible eyes, I am struck with one thought; what will we ever do without her?
    Carol Agnew Martin was one-of-a-kind. Stylish, fun, unfailingly kind and generous, gorgeous, and, of course eternally fabulous. She is irreplaceable and I will always be grateful to have had her in all of our lives.
    Our sincere condolences go out to Ryan and Marie, Madelyn and Charlie, the Agnew and Martin families. We are thinking of you.
    Thank you for you, Auntie Carol. Rest in peace. xo

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