Robert John “Bob” Martin
OCEAN CITY — Robert John “Bob” Martin, 68, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Born to Albert and Rita Martin in New York City, N.Y., he had lived in the Bronx, Haskell, N.J., and then Vernon Township, N.J., for 30 years before moving to Ocean City three years ago.
Mr. Martin served with the United States Army in Vietnam and then worked as an elevator maintenance man for 44 years, owning and operating Automatic Dumbwaiter and Gem Elevator before retiring in 2007. He enjoyed being on his boat, fishing and country line dancing and was an avid animal lover, especially to his dog, “Marty.” He was the most kindhearted, loving man anyone has ever known. He was always there for his family and even taught his children, nieces and nephews the fine art of driving. He will always be remembered for teaching us all the true unconditional meaning of love. He will truly be missed by everyone.
Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Raymond Martin (1984). He was the beloved husband for 42 years of Jean Martin (née Nolan) of Ocean City; devoted father of Ann Mansfield and her husband, Tim, of Shawnee, Kan., and Daniel Martin of Ocean City; loving grandfather of Lauren, Danielle and Joshua Mansfield; and dear brother-in-law of Mary Gawel and her husband, Mike, Bridie and her husband, Robert and Angela Nolan. He was also cherished by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
The family received friends on Monday, Nov. 12, at Ferguson-Vernon Funeral Home in Vernon, N.J. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Nov. 13, at St. Jude the Apostle RC Church in Hamburg, N.J. Cremation was private.