July 3 1923 – June 27 2012
Born in Eastbourne Sussex, England, Martin was predeceased by his beloved Herta von Barloewen in 2008, and brother John Poels. Martin is survived by 3 sisters and 1 brother, his step children Connie Morahan and Alex von Barloewen, nieces and nephews and many dear friends.
Martin spent 20 years as a missionary in Tanzania, 15 years as a social worker in the Victoria area until he met the love of his life, Herta, when they retired to their garden in Brentwood. Martin and Herta enjoyed traveling to Mexico and Europe. They were active climbers and volunteers at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital.
Memorial Service was held at St. Elizabeth Church, 10030 Third St., Sidney on Wed., July 4th with Interment following at St. Stephens. Donations may be made to the Bombo Palliative Care Project in Tanzania c/o Dr. Ambrose Marsh, 309–2453 Beacon Ave. Sidney, BC V8L 1X7.