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Martin Essaied

2 février , 194210 février , 2020
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Martin Essaied peacefully passed with his loved ones surrounding him on February 10, 2020. Martin was born on February 2, 1942 in Tunis, Tunisia. Memories of Martin are left with his wife and the love of his life, Vula Essaied, his Children; Natalie, Anthony, and Ryan. Grandchildren; Violet, Juliet and Cooper Essaied and a lifetime of wonderful friends and neighbors.

Martin or “Martine” as everyone knew him, “a local icon” as some say, lived in several countries and spoke seven fluent languages and gained 100’s of lifelong friends. He and his wife owned 13 restaurants/bars including, Abita Brew Pub, Shooters, Café’ Soleil, Martine’s, and Bentley’s to name the one’s on the Northshore. Over their career they employed more than 1000 employees and there’s no doubt he left a mark on all of their hearts.

Martin and Vula moved to New Orleans in 1983 and shortly after moved to the Northshore in 1984. Unfortunately, after retirement his health rapidly declined due to heart failure and he fought until he took his last breath. “Martin was always known as a man of quiet pride and integrity, with exceptional compassion, whom had never met a stranger. His time was well spent, never taking a second for granted, and always enjoying every moment with the ones he loved. We will forever hear him say, ‘My Baby’ and smile in our memories.”

Martin will be happily remembered on Friday, February 14, 2020 at Grace Funeral Home, 450 Holy Trinity Drive, Covington, LA 70433. A Celebration of Life Cocktail Reception for family & friends will begin at 1:00 PM. At 2:00 PM everyone is encouraged to share a favorite memory during a “Salute to the Martin Memories” followed by a Graveside Service at St. Lazarus of Bethany Memorial Garden with a Repass Reception following at Grace Funeral Home.

Condolences may be offered online at www.gracenorthshore.com

  • FAMILLE

  • Vula Essaied, Wife
  • Natalie Essaied, Daughter
  • Anthony Essaied, Son
  • Ryan Essaied, Son
  • Violet Essaied, Granddaughter
  • Juliet Essaied, Granddaughter
  • Cooper Essaied, Grandson

Services

  • Celebration of Life Cocktail Reception vendredi, 14 février , 2020
  • Salute to the Martin Memories vendredi, 14 février , 2020
  • Graveside Service vendredi, 14 février , 2020
  • "Repass Reception" vendredi, 14 février , 2020

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Martin Essaied

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MICHAEL TOMLINSON

février 13, 2020

Martin was always a gracious host and made a point to welcome his patrons personally whenever one would frequent one of the many establishments he and his wife operated over the years. I have been one of his customers since the days of Shooters and have always enjoyed and appreciated the hospitality and friendship that Martin and his family have extended to me.

He made his customers feel good that they stopped in. Great host and a good friend. Will truly be missed. My sincere condolences to his wife and family.

Ivo Scafa

février 12, 2020

Martino(like I used to call him) and I we met in Toronto in late1969..... His personality and love concerns for other people struck me💗 friendship-Brotherhood was born ....... kind generous funny and fun to be with....... quick to understand your situation and quick to help in any ways he could😔I miss you Bro and I always will💔 RIP .... til we meet again 🌹😪

DAVID WAGUESPACK

février 12, 2020

I have never, and I am sure I will never, meet a kinder and gentler man. He was a one of a kind person and I was blessed to have known him. I will forever be grateful for his friendship and support during my difficult times. Thank you, God, for placing Martin in my life. I loved this man.

Toni & Mancil Lemoine

février 12, 2020

Wonderful man!

Joan Wallace

février 12, 2020

A wonderful neighbor, always happy with a smile for all. You are in my thoughts and prayers

Kyle Stewart

février 12, 2020

I didn't know Mr. Martin for long, but I always looked forward to seeing him come through my Starbucks store. His warm spirit was always the highlight of my day. "Hello, my friend," was how he greeted me from day one, and it always warmed my heart to see someone who genuinely cared for his fellow man, and made it a point to show kindness always. It hurts that I'll not get to make his grande green iced tea, with no water, very light ice, and one splenda for him again, this side of Heaven. Definitely remembering his friends and family in my thoughts and prayers.

Jim Skentzos

février 12, 2020

Dear Vula, Natalie, Anthony, Ryan and families.

I have fond memories of Martin. A gentleman, a family man, a hard working man, a good business man, who enjoyed family and friends.

If we lived in the same country we would have enjoyed more good times together.

My deepest condolences, may his memory be eternal.

Love Jim Skentzos and family

Shelly Vullo

février 11, 2020

Ill always remember when mr essaied had his restaurant years ago when natalie had a birthday party he brought all us kids to his restaurant and served us delicious alfredo fettuccine if i remember correct he was so welcoming. I dont know why but this event never left my memory over 20 years ago im so sorry for my friend and the family my heart breaks i will keep you all in prayer may god be with you🙏💔r.i.p. martain essaied

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