Marlin Tanner

Obituary of Marlin Harvey Tanner

TANNER, Marlin Harvey. On January 4th, 2020 we lost our Superhero. Dad, Biggs, Marlie, Homie, Papa…these were among his many monikers and he was excellent in each and every role they represented. He was also our Superman—living through what could have been near-fatal accidents, including that time a passenger train ripped his car in two (with him still in it). Throughout the past few months, he fought a good fight, holding on and being strong for everyone around him. One of the happiest moments of his life came last January with the birth of his first great granddaughter, Amelia. He loved her with his whole heart as he did everyone lucky enough to be in his life. He told the best stories, had the best advice, and gave the very best hugs. Throughout the years, Marlin had many careers including driving freight, postal delivery, bread delivery, and school bus driver; however, his last and favorite position was working at Casey Concrete in Milford for the past 35 years—even retirement couldn’t keep him away. Everyone that met Marlin loved him. He was a caring, loving, funny, tell-it-like-it-is kind of guy, and we wouldn’t have changed one thing about him. Marlin was predeceased by his mother, Edith (Stevens); father, Stanley Tanner; and infant sisters, Carolyn and Annette. Survived by his loving wife, Susan (Grant) ; sister, Beverley Gibbons; children, Kim (Kathleen), Kelly, Karen (Cam), Keith (Jin Young), and Korey (Chris); grandchildren, Amanda (Justin), Jessika (Peter), Tyson, Maria, Aden, Austin, Julia, Brooklyn, and Ayden; and great granddaughter Amelia. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Ettinger Funeral Home, Shubenacadie. There will be no service by request of family. The family would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses with VON, Palliative Care, and the Colchester East Hants Health Centre for their care and support. “The value of a man is not measured by what he does for himself to make his life easier but is measured by what he does for others to make their lives easier.’’ Thank you for making all of our lives easier; you will be missed so much by so many. Donations may be made to Shubie Hay Days. As Marlin always said, “Watch for deer!!”
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