Martyn Ronald Wash

February 6, 1956 - April 15, 2018

Martyn Ronald Wash, died on April 15th at the age of 62. Throughout his years he yearned to be challenged by life and never settled for a mundane existence. While he prematurely left us, Martyn had a remarkable life which took him around the world dealing with complex issues related to his passion, nuclear power.    After suffering a massive heart attack, Martyn left us suddenly and there are no words to express how much we will always miss him.

Martyn was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Armed with a degree in mechanical engineering from Dalhousie (’77) and degrees in mechanical engineering from TUNS (’79) and economics from Trent University (’89) he started his professional career at the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories.  In 1982, Martyn joined Westinghouse, rising to Senior Engineer and then to Vice President.  He then became V.P. of Marketing and Engineering at Zircatec Precision Engineering, where he worked for 19 years. In addition to CANDU and reactor technology, he had a background in the design and manufacture of reactor components. He managed the restart and building of nuclear plants in Romania and the P.R. China. During this time, he received the coveted “George Westinghouse Award of Excellence.” In 2001, Martyn became President of the Organization of CANDU Industries, which he helped grow from 38 to 115 companies, raising the nuclear profile at all three levels of Government. While at Zircatec, he was responsible for commercial and technical marketing in numerous countries including Korea, Argentina, France, UK, USA, Russia and Japan. For the past 17 years he consulted for a wide variety of domestic and international entities including Cameco, CSIS, NRCan, Westinghouse, AECL and Laker Energy. 

He leaves behind his mother Georgena, two of his children Lennah (Mullane), Evan (Edith), sister Marilyn (Robert), brothers, Andrew (Lisa) and Philip (Elizabeth) and his partner Lorie (Sculthorp). He leaves his two grandchildren Jack and Aria and nieces Mathieu Collette (Alicia), Vanessa Spina (Peter), Thomas and Anna Wash.  He was predeceased by his father Ronald and son Graham (Lina). He is also survived by his former wife Kathy (Mullane) with whom he raised their 3 children.

Martyn was a larger than life presence. He was a passionate advocate of the nuclear industry, promoting it around the world, of saving the environment and of fairness and justice for all. Bicycling was Martyn’s first love and his bicycle trip around New Zealand was the source of many fond memories. He was a Rotarian, an inveterate sailor and could be found in recent summers at the Etobicoke Yacht Club aboard his sailboat Creo. He had infectious enthusiasm for international travel and an intense curiosity about all things scientific and political. He was fascinated by history, gifted with his hands and in many ways was a self-driven, self-made man –“A Man for all Seasons.”

A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Church on Saturday, April 21st at 12 noon followed by a reception in the MacCoubrey Funeral Home Reception Centre.  In memory of Martyn, his family would welcome you to contribute to Mercy Ships Canada ( or the Canadian Wildlife Fund (  Condolences can be received at


Saturday, April 21st at 12 noon
Trinity United Church, Cobourg

Saturday, April 21st from 1-3 pm
MacCoubrey Funeral Home Reception Centre, Cobourg

Cremation with Interment
Baltimore United Church Cemetery

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