Martinus Dominicus Geleynse – March 31-1925 – October 1, 2021

The Lord took home his faithful servant, Rev. Martin D. Geleynse, on October 1, 2021, at Huronview Home for the Aged in Clinton, Ontario, in his 97th year. 

He is predeceased by his daughter Tina Aukema (2000), his beloved wife of 62 years Alida (Pouwels) (2012), son-in-law John Oegema (2013) and his daughter Ellie Duiker (2015).

He is survived by:  Gerard Duiker (WilmaJoy) – Willowdale, ON, Bart Geleynse (Wendy) – Osgoode, ON, Joyce Geleynse – Kemptville, ON, Carel Geleynse (Irene) – Kitchener, ON, John Aukema – London, ON, Nick Geleynse (Fanny) – Clinton, ON, Anneke Oegema – Kitchener, ON, Andy Geleynse (Yvonne) – Redding, California, John Geleynse (Melanie) – Los Altos, California, Jeff Geleynse – Stratford, ON

And 37 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by one brother and three sisters in the Netherlands along with many nephews and nieces.
Martin dedicated his life to testifying to the love and faithfulness of God, his Father.  As a pastor, an identity that still filled his mind in the latter years of his life, he loved to preach and teach.  He was a man of conviction, intensity and passion.  He often looked beyond this world to the world to come.  “Great is thy faithfulness!”

Martin was born on March 31, 1925, in Barneveld, The Netherlands, one of a family of 11 children born to Bartel and Maria Geleijnse.  After graduating from the Free University of Amsterdam he was called to the Christian ministry and served two congregations in the Netherlands (Winsum, Friesland and Roermond, Limburg) before immigrating to Canada in 1960.  In Canada he served Christian Reformed congregations in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and St. Catharines, Ontario before returning to school to attend Calvin Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he obtained his Master of Theology degree.  Following his studies, he spent some time in the Field Education office at Calvin Seminary before returning to the pastorate in Montreal, PQ.  French was to become a new fulltime language for him as he took on the task of beginning Institut Farel in Quebec City in 1986.  His final congregation was the Christian Reformed Church of Stratford, ON where he retired in 1990. 

The family extends its profound gratitude to the staff at Huronview for the excellent level of care that they provided for him during these past 4 plus years.

Friends and family are invited to a public visitation at the Christian Reformed Church of Stratford, 190 Athlone Crescent, Stratford on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, from 7 -9 p.m. and on Thursday, October 7, 2021, from 10a.m. until 12 Noon. A public funeral service will take place at the Christian Reformed Church on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. Followed by a private Family interment in Avondale Cemetery.  Those wishing to attend the visitation and or the funeral service are asked to call the funeral home and register for a spot. For those who wish to view Martin’s service at home can click the view live stream in the obituary.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Disability Concerns (a Christian Reformed Church Ministry) or to a charity of your choice through the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron St, Stratford.  

Correspondence address:  175 Autumn Hill Crescent, Kitchener, ON N2N 1K9 or



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