Marty Clifford


Year of Birth: 1963
Date of Death: December 31st, 2021

Marty was born in Haney, Maple Ridge in 1963. He grew up in Port Coquitlam, graduating from Port Coquitlam High in 1980.

Marty’s family spent many summers boating and camping on Pitt Lake and spending winters snowmobiling at their cabin on Burke Mountain.  The exposure to these activities gave him the love of the outdoors and adventure.  He loved snow skiing, becoming an expert skier and eventually a member of the Grouse Mountain ski patrol for many years.  His love of boating, snowmobiling, camping, and spending time with friends were joys he loved and cherished over the years.

Marty was a dedicated young worker and was very proud of the jobs he had growing up.  Starting at a young age with a paper route he moved to a role at McDonald’s at 15, soon becoming a crew chief.  As he loved cooking, he moved into various restaurant roles until graduating from high school. After graduating, he moved into a job at Mitchell Press working in the bindery department.  Shortly after, at the age of 19, he bought his first house on Glen Drive in Port Coquitlam.  His school friend Kevin was his first roommate and was soon joined by his brother Daren.  Many fun memories were made with Kevin, Daren, and his close friend Daryl along with others over the years.

While working at Mitchell Press, Marty went to night school and in 1985 completed a 4-year apprenticeship in bookbinding.  Moving to Hemlock Printers in 1986 as a folder operator, he soon become the Bindery Supervisor for many years. In 2008, he was proud to take on the opportunity to teach the bindery curriculum of the Graphic Communications Technology Management course at BCIT.  Marty worked for Hemlock Printer’s for 30 years and was fortunate to work with his brother Daren, his brother-in-law Chris, his father-in-law Bill and his cousin Jeff.   Marty was passionate about his job and his co-workers and was loved and respected as the Bindery Supervisor at Hemlock and throughout the local printing industry.

Marty married his wife Kathy in 1991 and they were married for almost 30 years.   They had two boys, Brandon and Connor, and Marty was very involved in the boy’s activities from an early age.  Attending hockey games was a given, along with many years of coaching soccer and baseball games. He was the coach that loved to bring the team double bubbles and candy bags and if he was on the sidelines, he was always Brandon’s and Connor’s #1 fan cheering them on.

The dream of buying a cabin with his brother Daren became a reality in 1993.  Many happy memories were made at the cabin in Tulameen with family and friends.  Building the largest campfires in the back yard was a normal occurrence, scary at times but fun!!  From the ultimate sandcastles at the beach to boat rides with the most tubes and boogie boards he could pull, there was never a dull moment.  So many memorable snowmobile and ATV rides, he was a speed demon at heart, whether leaving you in a spray full of water, snow, or dust.

Marty was louder than life, quick-witted with a sense of humor.  He made his mark on the world with his family and friends, the printing industry, and with anyone who had the pleasure to meet him.  He will be missed by us all and will always be remembered.

Marty is predeceased by his mother Jean McKewan and his son Brandon McKewan.

Survived by loving wife Kathy, son Connor, father Clifford (passed away January 1, 2022), brother Daren (Tracy Clark), sister Tracy Hobkirk (Brett), brother-in-law Chris Squires (Jennifer), mother-in-law and father-in-law Patricia and Willliam Squires, niece and nephews:  Courtney McKewan, Scott McKewan, Blair Hobkirk, Deric Hobkirk, Cody Squires, and Jason Squires.

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