Born May 17, 1932, died peacefully at home on November 16, 2009. Predeceased by his father Jacob (1964), wife Margaret (nee McMunagle) 2002 and his mother, Hazel, October 17, 2009.
He is survived by his daughters, Anne (Jason) Jones, Sara (Hazen) Bezanson and son David (Jo-lee Bertrand), grandchildren Payne & Finlay Jones, Margaret -Anne Bezanson, Owen & Evangeline Bisal ; his sister in law Anne McMunagle , nephew John ( Anne Clarke) McMunagle: step uncle Grant ( Judie) Ireland; his step brothers and sisters, Lawrence (Linda) Sapieha, Elaine ( Jerry) Stadnyk, Ken (Donna) Sapieha and Ron (Vonnie ) Sapieha, as well as various cousins and extended family in Saskatchewan.
Marvin was born near Rush Lake, Sask. His parents were forced to leave the family farm during the Depression and so he spent most of his youth in Saskatoon. He joined the Naval Reserve (UNDT) in 1951 while at the University of Saskatchewan. Upon graduating from Law School he articled in Vancouver and was called to the Bar in 1957. Instead of going into private practice he decided to go to sea. His early career was spent aboard various ships including the HMCS Cedarwood, HMCS Sioux and HMCS Terra Nova. During this time he met Margaret in Victoria and they would later marry in Halifax in 1962. He joined the Judge Advocate Generals Branch and during his career was posted to various bases in Canada, France, Germany and East Africa. He retired as a Commander from the Navy in Victoria, in 1982. After retirement , he joined the Veterans Affair’s Department as a Pension’s Advocate. He enjoyed this job immensely, particularly helping Veterans and their families.
Special thanks to Dr. Maskey and to Flaminio Blanco for their support, care and understanding during this difficult time.
A Memorial Service will be held at McCall Bros, Johnson and Vancouver on Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Salvation Army or a charity of your choice.

  • Edith Quayle

    Dear Ann and Jason and families,

    My mother and I were sad to hear of your Dad’s passing. She saw his obituary when reading the Times-Colonist previously. We wanted you to know our hearts and thoughts are with you.

    Olive & Edith Quayle

  • Sue & Jim Sine

    Our sincerest condolences to all the family. Although it has been a long time since last meeting Marv, we have pleasant memories of our association in years past.

  • Pamela Miller

    To Anne, Sara, and David; I wanted to express my deepest sympathies on the passing of your Dad. I have many fond memories of both your parents while being in your family home in my High School Years. My Mother passed away two days after your Dad so I share the sorrow of the loss of a parent. Take care.

  • Liz and Rusty MacKay

    Unfortunately, due to a prior committment we will be unable to attend the Memorial Service, but would like to take this opportunity to extend our condolences to the family. We first met Marv during his service in HMCS Sioux in the 1950’s and although our paths went in different directions during the remainder of our careers, we have crossed paths on numerous occasions, in particular after retirement in Victoria. We have fond memories of News Years Eve Dinners with Marv, Marg, Bill and Anne at each others homes and other occasions when we met. He was very well respected and will be sorely missed by all whose paths crossed over the years. Again, our condolences go to all members of the family over your loss.

  • The Pilkey Family

    We are deeply sorry for your loss and hope you find the strength to get through this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Donald Gray, MGen(retired)

    Marv and I served the same master in Trenton when we were young. He as a JAG officer and I was an engineer. He was a delight to work with. He was always “spot on” professionally and his humor was delightful.
    I remember him fondly and am sorry to hear of his passing. He served us all well. Bravo Zulu.

  • Mel Hunt

    I was saddened to learn of Marv’s passing. I knew Marv for over 35 years including the years when we were both members of the JAG Branch and for the years subsequent when he was with the Bureau of Pension Advocates. He was always a stalwart and highly effective counsel for members and former members of the Canadian Forces and never tired in his efforts on their behalf.

    Marv was always a person with a quick laugh and quicker smile. The world will be a lesser place without Marv and I know you will miss him greatly. Please accept my condolances.

    Mel Hunt

  • Konstantinos Mavromichalis

    David, Anne, and Sara please accept my condolences during this time. I have many fond memories of your Dad, from his warm hospitality to his great career advice and excellent breakfasts.


    Dixi & wife Eri

  • Janet Slaughter and daughter Karen Slaughter

    Anne,Sara and David,
    Our thoughts are with you at this sad time but we are sure you you will have many happy memories of growing up with your great parents to help you in your grief.
    All the best for your Families futures.
    Jan and Karen

  • Dave Barrie

    Anne, Sara and David – I just learned of your loss from my mother. Please accept our deepest sympathies during this difficult time.

    Marv was one of a kind, and I always thought of him any time I had a glass of scotch. I’ll raise one in his memory. Hope you, and your families, are all well.

  • The Bull Family

    So sorry to hear of your loss.
    May the happy memories of family help carry you through this difficult time.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Roy Suffidy

    I am a vet who benefited from the work that Marv did on my behalf. I will always be grateful for what he did for me.

    Roy Suffidy

  • Nancy, Glen and Karen

    Sara, Anne, David and family. We wanted to let you know that we share your sorrow. May happy memories replace the sadness in your heart. You’re in our thoughts. Take care!

  • Maryann Bandoian

    I want to send you my deepest thoughts and prayers on the loss of your father. I lost my father last year and your father was significant in my fathers life. He helped my father gain his proper pension from the Canadian Navy. My father was a WW2 vet and proud and had never pursued getting what he should until your father enters his life and helped him get what he so deserved. So it is with a humble heart I send out a Blessing to you and your family from my family at this time. May you embrace the past with memories and the future with deep lasting love. We
    will never forget your fathers kindness to my father.
    God Bless you
    Maryann Bandoian, Annie Scott ( my step mother) and AJ ( my fathers beloved dog)

  • Elaine Greer

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family are in my thoughts.

  • Valerie Desharnais

    Dear Anne, Sarah, and David: I was so sorry to read the obituary of your father. I remember both of your parents with the fondest of memories. I had many good laughs with both of them.

    I wish you wonderful memories of your parents to comfort each of you at this time. I know they will be with you always. Valerie D.

  • Alex Badiuk

    Sara and Family, my deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.
    Your father was a great man and was willing to help anyone in need.
    He helped me out several times while working as an Advocate with Veterans Affairs.
    He will be missed.

    Al Badiuk CPO2 RETIRED

  • Bob Garagan

    My sincere condolenses. As a court reporter with JAG many many years ago I spent many enjoyable hours travelling with “Marvelous Marv”. A good man whom I have many fond memories of. May her rest in peace.

  • John Underhill

    Anne, Sara and David,

    My deepest sympathies to you and your families on your loss.

  • Rear Admiral (Ret'd) W A Hughes

    My depest sympathies. Marv was my legal beagle and a fine one.

  • Rich Copley

    Please accept my sympathies during this difficult time.

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