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Abner S. Martin

Male 1934 - 2018  (84 years)


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  • Name Abner S. Martin 
    Born 7 Oct 1934  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Interesting story, honoured, music 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-188172 
    Died 23 Nov 2018 
    Person ID I188172  Generations
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2020 

    Father Annanias S. Martin,   b. 13 Oct 1894, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1978, St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Susanna Steckle,   b. 3 Sep 1895, Stanley Twp., Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1966, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 26 Feb 1926  , Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5686  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Shirley Lorraine Jantzi 
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F53347  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Menno Singers founder Abner Martin remembered for lasting impact on community
      by Johanna Weidner Waterloo Region Record

      Waterloo \emdash The founder of the Menno Singers and Mennonite Mass Choir has passed away.

      Abner Martin, of Waterloo, died on Friday. He was 84.

      Martin was the founding artistic director of Menno Singers in 1955 and conductor for 20 years. He was a leader for excellence in choral music in this community, at a time when there was no concert hall or standing choirs performing challenging choral works.

      "I think he was a pioneer," said his daughter, Stephanie Martin.

      Martin founded the Menno Singers when he was 20, spurred by his vision for a choir dedicated to quality choral and sacred music. In 1974, he was behind the formation of the Mennonite Mass Choir.

      A tribute posted on the Menno Singers' website Saturday included a quote from Martin about the "great bond of unity" found in choral music: "I wish that everyone could experience the unique joy of singing in a highly disciplined choir. Singing in a group is all about immersing one's self into the community of singers."

      Martin directed both choirs until his retirement in 1979, when the Menno Singers established the Abner Martin Music Scholarship, awarded annually to a deserving university music student from Ontario.

      Martin was inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame in 2017. His daughter said he was pleased to be recognized, although he was always modest about his accomplishments.

      The award biography starts with an intriguing dichotomy: "There are two sides to Abner Martin \emdash choral musician and cattleman."

      Martin bought a dairy farm in Perth County in the early 1970s, after leaving his teaching position at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, due to health issues. He was proud of his herd of prize-winning Charolais and Holstein cattle.....

      Weidner, J. (2018). Menno Singers founder Abner Martin remembered for lasting impact on community. TheRecord.com. Retrieved 26 November 2018, from https://www.therecord.com/news-story/9050061-menno-singers-founder-abner-martin-remembered-for-lasting-impact-on-community/

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