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Carmen Martine

October 3, 1937 - May 6, 2020


Carmen Marie Martine, née Laflamme: Born in Padoue, Québec, long-time resident of Duncan, BC, passed away May 6, 2020 at the age of 82 as a result of post-operative complications.

Predeceased by her parents J.Napoleón Laflamme and Albine Turgeon; second husband Dr. Mel Kunkel (2007-2013); first husband and father to Linda and David, Dr. Roland Jean-Marie Martine (Apr 18, 1960-Mar 16, 1981); siblings: Jean-Luc, Lucien, Eléonore, Camille, Gilberte, Yvon, Geraldine, Gilles, and Ghyslaine.

Survived and will be missed greatly by children Linda and David; sisters Colette and Janine; numerous nieces and nephews, in particular Carole Laflamme, US Navy Cpt. Colleen O’hara McLarnon (ret.); God Daughter Cynthia Quinn-McLarnon; many nieces and nephews. Carmen will also be greatly missed by neighbours and friends at Woodmere, St. Edward’s Catholic church, and Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation; most notably, dear friend Judy Gloster with whom Carmen, for years, saw almost every day.

Carmen was the youngest of 12. In 1947, her family moved from Padoue to Saint-Romuald on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence, across from Quebec City, with a 1955 move across the river to Quebec. In 1958 Carmen worked as Secretary for the Quebec Labour Minister, Donat Quimper, and married Roland Jean-Marie Martine, MD April 18, 1960. Shortly after they moved to Flint Michigan for Roland’s 2 years residency before moving to Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, for Roland’s first medical practice with his university friend and second cousin, Maurice Creurer. Adoptions of Linda 1963, David 1965, then in 1969 they moved to Duncan for Roland’s second practice. Flint, along with earlier trips to Detroit to help her sister Eléonore with her children, supported Carmen’s efforts to learn to speak English to help promote Roland’s new medical practice in English speaking Canada.

Carmen was a woman of many talents – entertaining, home design, gardening, dancing and cooking. Curling with Roland in both Meadow Lake and Duncan, taking turns hosting bridge with Joan Wakelin and others. Carmen had great memories of volunteering with her old, now also departed friend Timmie Laugheed at the 1994 XV Commonwealth Games, Victoria. With Mel, Carmen wrote the popular book “Best of the Large Print Cookbooks” with CNIB in mind, to help the visually challenged. Carmen baked countless Yule log cakes and tourtière meat pies for school or church fundraisers – labours of love, but results loved by all. She later worked very hard, with spices and leaner meats, on a new, healthier tourtière recipe that would be equally as delicious as the original – she succeeded and it’s in the book for all to see.

One of the many things people remember about Carmen is that she was a very beautiful and stylish woman.  A trip to the store, even just for milk, was no excuse not to be looking her best and you’d never see her eating off of a tray either – plates go on tables, she would say. This is not to say she wouldn’t tackle any job herself – in fact, while Dad was the GP Surgeon, the tools in the house were Mom’s – nevertheless, she’d say there was no reason to not have cute boots and matching gloves while on the job.

Linda and David would like to thank their mother’s nurses and doctors at Victoria General Hospital for their care of their mother, who held medical professionals in the highest regard.

A Celebration of life service, TBA – to learn of updates, please email the following:

In lieu of flowers, consider donations to BC Cancer Foundation



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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Diane Robitaille

Sincères condoléances à tous les membres de la famille; particulièrement à Janine amie depuis notre rencontre en Floride.

From: Lucille Martiane Annetts
Relation: Niece

So sorry to hear about the passing of your mom…
Please accept my deepest sympathies 😘

From: Gisèle Perreaux (née Martine)
Relation: Nièce

Nos sincères condoléances à mes cousins Linda et David. Je me souviens bien de ma tante Carmen, toujours si belle et élégante.

From: Janine Lauzon
Relation: Sister

Sharing your sorrow Linda and David .Memories of joy and laughters will remain engraved en mi forever. Warm condolences.
Warm condolences

From: Janice Royer
Relation: Friend and co worker

Thinking of you and your Family Davey. Wishing you some Peace at this time.

From: Melanie Cote
Relation: work with her son David

My condolences to the family and friends of Carmen. Although I never met Carmen, the write-up is very lovely and paints a beautiful picture of a loving mother and devoted community member. May she RIP.

From: Belle and Lloyd

Hi Davy,

My sincere and deepest condolences for your loss. Sending you and your family lots of love at this time.

From: Viki Proestakis
Relation: Friend of David's.

David, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I hope God’s peace acts as a healing balm to your heart. Love Viki Proestakis 💖

From: Christine Brisebois
Relation: Davey's friend and co-worker

A beautiful tribute and recognition of Carmen’s wonderful life. Sorry for loss, my warmest condolences to you Davey and your family at this time. RIP

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