THE REV MARTYN CAMPBELL THOMAS, BTh – absent from the body, present with the Lord on Friday, July 31. He leaves behind his wife Sandy, children Richard, Keith and Heather, 6 grandchildren, and brother Stephen in England.
Born in London, England – emigrated to Canada in 1958 at the age of 18
There are so many ways he could be described:
OCCUPATIONS: banker, cross-Canada wholesale bookseller, Pastor in Pictou County, Nova Scotia and Keswick, Ontario; District Director in the Canadian Bible Society for 30 years serving in Montreal, Ottawa, Southern Alberta; originator of Bike for Bibles in Canada; Great fund raiser – even rode the bob sled at Olympic Park in Calgary and did white water rafting to raise money for Bibles; pastor to seniors at Leduc Community Baptist Church for 8 years.
PERSONAL LIFE: loving husband, (51 years) great father and grandfather, good uncle and brother-in-law, soccer coach, artist, magician, golfer, reader, story teller to both children and adults, great sense of humour, seashell collector extraordinaire, joke teller, card and table top board games competitor (you had to keep an eye on him) and pray-er (he had a list of people he prayed for – family and friends even while in Extendicare and fighting his own battles);
good speaker/preacher (although he never thought of himself as a preacher rather one who wanted to show that the Word of God is alive, relevant and practical).
TRAVEL: Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Holland, Greece, Germany, Egypt, Israel, Russia, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Bermuda, Mexico, every province in Canada and most of the 50 states….most of these countries were Bible Society trips.
Very organized, and like to do things ‘the normal way’; willing to help anybody, liked things done immediately if not sooner!!!! Not a great delegator, ‘easier to do it myself and do it right’
In front of his Bible he had written;
Philippians 2:16 “holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain”
And the words to this chorus:
“Cleanse me from my sin, Lord.
Put Thy power within, Lord.
Take me as I am, Lord
and use me for Thine own”.
In lieu of flowers donations would be greatly appreciated and can be made to Canadian Bible Society, Bike for Bibles (Canadian Bible Society
10 Carnforth Rd Toronto, ON M4P 1N2 Email: [email protected])