Martin John Bridges passed away peacefully with family by his side, at South Lake Regional Health Centre on the morning of Sunday, December, 17th, 2023. Age 67 years.

Adored husband to the late Mary Jane Bridges (Macfie). Loving Father of Mitchell and Malcolm. Cherished son of Eileen and the late Don Bridges. Dear brother of Helen, Sue, Jane and David.

Martin’s extraordinary personality illuminated every room he entered. His love for his wife, family, and friends was renowned. A cherished member of his community, he dedicated much of his time to helping others. While he may be gone, Martin left a lasting impression on everyone he met, his memory will endure.

A celebration of Martin's life will take place at the Dunchurch Community Centre at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 10th, followed by a reception from 2:00 -4:00 P.M.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Dunchurch Agricultural Society would be appreciated (donations by cheque or e-transfer to [email protected] only, please).


Such a huge loss to everyone. We will miss you so much Martin. Our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones. Our hearts are with you all.

-John and Sue Green

RIP Martin. You were a kind and giving man who will be missed by many.

-Kevin and Anna McMahon

You will never be forgotten Martin. You were a light to all who knew you. Our sincere condolences to Mitchell, Malcolm and family.

-Brenda Kirkpatrick

I knew Martin many years ago when he was in The Northern Lights Theatre group. My best memories were laughing at Martin playing Santa in a suit a foot to short for his tall frame. He never missed a beat and delighted all who saw him. He made everyone smile and no one ever minded when he never knew his lines and ad libbed throughout the whole performance. He was a bright light in a dull room. He will be missed. RIP Martin.

-Elaine McMahon

Martin was an amazing man. He will be truly missed.

-Ron and Bettylou Whitmell

As a recent citizen of Magnetawan, I would like to convey my condolences to the family and friends for your loss.


Martin was a big man in so many ways. Not just in height, but that big heart of his went out to everyone who crossed his path. His endearing smile made a person feel welcomed and loved. Yes his memories will forever be in so many hearts and minds. Rest in peace Martin and give Mary her loving hugs. To all his family and friends, may all his warm endearing memories help you through this extra rough time. He was a VERY big man, in many many ways.

-Carol McClellan

Martin will be hugely missed by his work family here at Kropf Industrial. He had a positive personality and unselfish attitude that was second to none. Martin, we still can’t believe you’re gone. Our deepest sympathies to Mitchell, Malcolm, and the rest of the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

-Darin Kropf

Martin and Mary are missed by the Jackson family. RIP.


It wasn't that long ago when I had the honor of Martin celebrating my birthday. We had many laughs when he was helping me with "MY" birthday wishes I will never forget you Martin. I will miss you.

-Margret Spore

So sad to here this news, my condolences to the family that are left behind.
I knew Martin from our younger days in West Bergholt, Colchester, England.
There were several of us whom travelled to watch bands and attended different venues, and of course have a pint or two up at the pub.
He was a great friend to many and will be dearly missed. R.I.P Old friend.

-Nick Baker

Martin, you will be truly missed. Condolences to your sons and other relatives, and all your many friends.

-Tom North

Late condolences to Mitchell and Malcolm. On November 22 Martin visited Lynn at the hospital and I had a last cherished coffee with Martin at the Party Sound Health Center coffee shop. We chuckled that He and Lynn were both in the baby, OB ward at the same time getting amazing care. On November 24 I stuck my head in to say farewell and that Lynn was shipping out to Sudbury. Martin as usual expressed concern for Lynn. Who would ever think an incurable issue would take him a couple weeks later. Truly missed by everyone knew him. Regards, Lynn and Joe McEwen

-Joe McEwen

Our condolences to the family. Such sad news to hear about Martin's passing. We have known Martin for over 30 years. We have great memories of Martin and my father Eric Rawlings sitting on the deck laughing and talking about the English soccer teams. We always look forward to coming to the cottage and seeing Martin and sharing dinner over a cold one. He will be greatly missed.
Susan, Tony and Julie Holder

-Susan, Tony,Julie Holder

Our condolences go to you, Malcolm and Mitchell, and to all of the Bridges and Macfie families on both sides of the pond. Martin was the first friend we made when we moved to Dunchurch twenty years ago, and with Mary, they remained a couple whom we always loved and respected. May they rest in God’s peace. Our thoughts and prayers continue with you, Mitchell and Malcolm.

-Lois and Peter Derrick

RIP Martin. You truly were one of a kind and I'm so sorry for your family and friends for this enormous loss. My sincerest condolences to anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Martin.

-Mitch Dahmer

To dear Malcolm and Mitchell: we are in total shock and wish to express to you our deepest condolences and sadness over the death of your Dad! He was, as you know, a luminous, brilliant man whose laugh gave hope and joy to all who heard it. There remains a huge hole in your lives and the lives of all who knew him, and there’s not a person in Dunchurch who is not hurting, and hurting for you. God has an extraordinary place for him in the Fair of heaven. So very sorry. The Everitt Family

-Dianne Everitt