Hugh Martin

Obituary of Hugh Smiley Martin

Martin: Hugh Smiley

Hugh Smiley Martin passed away peacefully, at Ridgewood Veterans Wing, Saint John, on Wednesday, November 29th, 2023, at the age of 85. Born in Saint John on September 29th, 1938, he was the son of the late David and Agnes Martin. Beloved husband of the late Ruth Martin (nee Green).

Hugh is survived by his children Debbie (Lee) Chapman, Chris (Candace) Martin, and Jennifer Moore; his grandchildren Emily, Kimberly, Tyler, Katrina, Jacob, and Sarah; his great grandchildren Bently and Ember; his siblings Norman (Agnes) Martin and Davina (Dennis) Weaver. As well as by his many nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to Hugh’s sister Davina, his sister-in-law Agnes, and the Green Family for all of your love and support.

Beside his parents and wife, Hugh was predeceased by his niece Deanna, with whom he loved spending time and causing mischief.

Hugh graduated from SJHS in 1956 and immediately headed to Montreal. He studied computer programming and began his career working at Canadian Pacific Railway in Computer Operations.

Montreal brought about the start of many lifelong passions; there he met the love of his life Ruth, and also developed a fondness for the Montreal Canadians.

Shortly after being wed, Hugh and Ruth moved to Toronto, welcomed the birth of their children, and he worked at London Life Insurance as Manager of Computer Programming. In 1974 he moved back to Saint John, working for JDI before venturing to McCain Foods in Florenceville, NB. After 8 years, he returned to the city in 1986, working for many years at the Saint John Regional Hospital, as System Analysis Manager, before retiring from DMR in the early 2000s.

Hugh loved his black coffee, dogs, kismet, crossword puzzles, watching soccer and hockey, swimming, reading, and spending time with his grandkids.

A Christmas Carol was his favorite Christmas movie. Those who knew him would agree that he did resemble scrooge – ‘Bah Humbug’ was a favourite quote. Beneath his stern exterior was a heart of gold.

Hugh was an association member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 69, actively volunteering with the Poppy Campaign. He was also an avid volunteer with Romero House. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Royal Kennebeccasis Yacht Club, 1042 Millidge Avenue. Saint John, on Tuesday, December 5th, 2023, from 2 to 5pm. Arrangements entrusted to Brenan’s Funeral Home (506-634-7424).

Donations in Hugh’s memory may be made to Romaro House. Online condolences and memories may be shared at

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