The entire Sarnia-Lambton community along with those connected with the business community are saddened this week by news of the passing of Marty Raaymakers, a longstanding member and past chair (2003) of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.

While Marty’s contributions to the community he loved so much cannot be overstated, it was clearly his enduring commitment to family and friends that stood out from so many other features.

A business leader who began his career with Monteith & Sutherland in 1972, Marty eventually became president and CEO of MIG Engineering.

By 2005, he had been awarded the Chamber’s Business Leadership Award and he was a board member at The Bowman Centre for Sustainable Energy as well as a contributing pioneer for a number of large energy projects.

A podcast interview with Marty done by Lambton Shield editor J.D. Booth last summer can be found HERE.

Having sold MIG Engineering In December 2018, Marty nevertheless stayed active professionally, as one of the founding partners of GFive Inc., developers of the former Sarnia General Hospital site.

His friends and particularly his family, notably his wife and best friend Pami (nee Free), his children and the 14 grandchildren (aged 3 to 27), will all attest to his enduring love for them.

He will clearly be missed.

Friends are being invited to celebrate Marty’s legacy on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at the Sunbridge Hotel & Conference Centre (formerly the Holiday Inn), from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send a memorial donation to River City Vineyard, Sarnia-Lambton Rebound, or any. other local charities in need.

A complete obituary can be seen at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre Ltd. by clicking HERE.