June 3, 1954– March 7, 2016
Our family and friends grieve the sudden passing of Martin Daniel Regan.
Martin was born in Salford Manchester, England and came to BC with his mother Rita, father Brian Daniel (both deceased), brother Joseph, sister Stella Graves (Richard) in 1957. They settled on Vancouver Island where brothers Brendan and Sean (both deceased) and sisters Lucy Strachan and Angela Law (Bill) were born. He is also survived by his brother in law Mark Strachan, 3 nieces, 6 nephews, 2 grand nieces and 2 grand nieces/nephews on the way.
Martin attended Carihi Secondary School in Campbell River, was a salmon sport fishing guide at 15 and played in a rock band. After graduation he spent time mining, then signal maintaining for the CNR. He returned to the coast to guide and became owner and operator of Dent Island Lodge near Stuart Island with Kate, his wife of 33 years, and in 1991 they welcomed their beloved son, Conor, into their lives.
He participated in the Stuart Island Community Association, community salmon enhancement projects and sat on the local forestry committee. In 1997 they left for drier, sunnier climes and a career in commercial truck driving and, in 1999, bought a farm at Buffalo Creek BC, where he continued to drive and farm until his death.
Martin was a shy man who loved God, his family and the many people who entered and left his presence and he loved everything about his farm. His other abiding love was music. He enjoyed traditional country, Americana and a smattering of folk but he said the “musicianship, drive and connection between the heart and the land made bluegrass (his) favourite”. He played several instruments and strongly supported Conor and then Kate in their musical adventures. He will be sadly missed.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. at St Jude Catholic Church, 5691 Horse Lake Road in 100 Mile House. Burial will take place after mass in the 100 Mile House Cemetery and a reception will follow at St Jude Hall downstairs in the church.
Memorial Donations can be make in Martin’s memory to either www.heart and stroke bc.ca or Development and Peace – www.devp.org
100 Mile Funeral Service Ltd.
entrusted with the arrangements 250-395-3243.
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