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Community builder lost

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Journal Staff

Sarnia has lost a prominent businessman and community builder.

Marty Raaymakers died Feb. 11 at the age of 67.

The husband of Pam, father of six, and grandfather of 14, was well known in the community for working on countless causes.

The former owner of MIG Engineering campaigned for the Bluewater Health Foundation and was instrumental in starting the Dream Home Lottery.

He raised money for Lambton College, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Huron House Boys Home, and was involved with the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, Sarnia-Lambton Industrial Alliance and local Research Park.

At MIG, Raaymakers worked on the CN Rail tunnel, Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport, and other major infrastructure.

He was past chair of the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce and earned its Business Leadership Award. He also won an Award of Excellence from the Consulting Engineers of Ontario.

Raaymakers was one of five partners in GFIVE Inc., which purchased and recently demolished the former Sarnia General Hospital for new homes and offices.

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