24 July, 1940 – 10 February, 2021
George Martin, 80, of New Bedford, passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was the husband of Patricia K. (Hesford) Martin with whom he shared 61 years of marriage.
Born in New Bedford, son of the late Manuel and Mary (Souza) Martin, he had resided in New Bedford for most of his life until retiring to Bradenton, Florida and then Santa Rosa, California, recently returning to New Bedford.
As George would say, “if it had wheels I can drive it!” He drove school buses, 18-wheelers, limousines, and even learned how to detail golf courses. However, for the bulk of his career, George worked in the construction industry as a truck driver for Lakeville Ready Mix, Warren Brothers in Acushnet and Swansea Concrete until his well-deserved retirement.
George loved “making memories” with family and friends. Some of his favorite things to do was hosting gatherings, helping others, playing Mexican Train and Aggravation, being outdoors, gardening and planting, walking, golfing, biking, playing tennis, and “watching a ball game.” He and his wife enjoyed dancing. George loved animals, especially his beloved chihuahua, Spanky.
Surviving in addition to his wife Patricia are his children, Susan Martin of FL, Cindy Martin of Swansea, Gail Martin of CT, Kevin Martin of Acushnet and Matt Martin and his wife Arcelia Moreno of CA; a sister, Delores Amaral and her husband Tony of TN; his grandchildren, Caitlyn, Madison, Jena, Andrew, Devin, Taylor, Brooke, Jesseca, Noah, Dolce Vita and Charles; his great grandchildren, Aiden, Zoey, Alexandria, Savannah and Skylar; numerous nieces and nephews, and a lot of extended family in California. He was predeceased by his siblings, Mary Santos, Laura Barreiro, Manuel Martin, Jr., Linda Caldeira and Margaret Nunes.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 5-8 p.m. in the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Lighthouse Animal Shelter (lighthouseanimalshelter.org).
For online tributes, please visit: www.rock-funeralhome.com
- Lighthouse Animal Shelter
Tuesday, 23 February , 2021
13 April 2021
Guys I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. He was a great man who taught me the value putting family first, and not to waste second chances. You're all in my thoughts.
22 February 2021
When I moved to Aspen Meadows Cr. George and Patty welcomed me with open arms. The swing in their backyard was always open and a place we could gather and mingle. My dog, Sugar was also welcomed into the neighborhood by Spanky and even now he looks towards their front door expecting Spanky to appear. I have very fond memories of a George, Patty and Spanky. May you all be blessed and B know you are in my thoughts.
Connie and Mike Moreno/Minium
22 February 2021
We dearly love George and feel so lucky to have had the time with him we did "making memories" (one of his favorite sayings). He always went out of his way to make sure everyone was having a good time and felt taken care of. He was so generous and kind to everyone he met, and not surprisingly, made friends wherever he went. We were also fortunate enough to have won the first Aggravation board he ever made. We still use it to this day and now it will have even more significance for us. George always knew how to have a good time. We'll always remembers the pool parties, playing games, Christmas carols, and cookouts at Oakmont. We're gonna miss his warm smile and his positive energy. We can't wait to tell our newborn son all about his Grandpa George.
22 February 2021
George and Patty were warm. smiling neighbors on Aspen Meadows Circle in Oakmont. When walking Spanky or sitting around on the lawn swing and chaira in their meticulously maintained backyard, the Martins' welcoming smiles and calls to join in made life here richer. We can still see their faces and the memories.
18 February 2021
When we moved to Oakmont many years ago, some of the first neighbors we met were from MA, George & Patty, walking Spanky. We had many things in common having also lived in New England. Our friendship developed over the years, George would help us with projects now & then and likewise help from us. What I remember most lovingly is playing "Mexican Train" with the two, and when George would call me "Missy" I knew I had "not knocked" or was taking too long to play my hand. John said he remembers the expertise George had in shuffling the dominoes. When you moved we missed you two a lot, and now we will miss George forever.
Betty Pieper & John Musselman