Grace Martin (nee Mercer)
Passed on: October 5th, 2012
Grace Mercer was born on December 18, 1916. She was raised,in the family home that her father, Jack Stan Mercer, had built, in the fishing village of Coley's Point, Conception Bay, Newfoundland. She spent her teenage years as a provider to her younger siblings at home and as a helper to her father on the Labrador. On April 29, 1941, Grace married Harold Martin, a handsome young fisherman and swiler from nearby Port de Grave. They had three children: Lewis, Hazel, and Harold (more affectionately called by Gracie, as Luce, Poose and Bab). Grace and Harold enjoyed a long life together, and were inseparable for 61 years. At the age of 30, Grace left her Newfoundland home, for the first time, and journeyed, by train with 3 young children, to join Harold in Toronto, to carve out a new life for their family. She was, initially, a home-maker, care-giver, and landlord having taken in several boarders in order to augment the family income. Grace later joined the work force and spent a number of years at Canada Life. She was very proud of this accomplishment. In her mid and latter years she enjoyed numerous family gatherings and annual trips back home, where she and hubby spent 4 - 5 months every year in their beloved homestead. Grace enjoyed a long, full life and brought joy into the hearts of everyone she touched. She passed from this life, very peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, October 5th, 2012, in her 96th year. Grace was predeceased, by 10 years, by her loving husband, Harold. Along with her 3 children: Lewis (Joan), Hazel (Ivan), and Harold (Sue), Nana will be so missed by her 8 grandchildren: Allison (Paul), Ryan (Suzanne), Adam (Melissa), Jake (Clare), Stephanie (Jason), Julie (Gilles), Stefan (Kate) and Robbie (Alyssa). Nana will also be missed and remembered by her adoring great-grandchildren: Gracie, Katie, Josh, James, Cooper, Charlie, Maddie, Olivia, and newly arrived Kaitlyn. Grace is survived by her siblings: Ted (Jean) of St. John's, Florence of Bay Roberts, Mabel (Jerry) of St. John's, Bill (Diane) of Toronto and Annie (Eric) of Bay Roberts. Grace will also be missed by her sister-in-law and tea buddy, Clara Morgan.