OBITUARY

Pierre Walter Martimbeau

August 28, 1942June 11, 2018

Dr. Pierre Martimbeau, of Charlotte, North Carolina, passed away at his home on June 11, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 28, 1942, in Montreal, Canada, son of Dr. Emile and Eglantine Martimbeau.

Dr. Martimbeau received his medical degree from the Université de Montréal, Quebec, Canada. He spent several years practicing family medicine before continuing his medical career at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, as a fellow in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Martimbeau became Mayo Clinic’s first resident in Gynecologic-Oncology. To further his knowledge of radiation therapy, he studied for an additional year at the Norwegian Radium Hospital in Oslo, Norway, before accepting a position at the Cleveland Clinic as head of Gynecologic-Oncology.

In 1980, Dr. Martimbeau moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he opened a private practice that served his patients for 35 years. His approach to his specialty and his concern for his patients was unrivaled.

Outside of his medical practice, Pierre was a man with many passions. One of his proudest moments was becoming an American citizen in 1993. He piloted his own helicopter, captained his own boat, and could navigate by the stars. It was always about the journey, not the destination. He loved music and was a proud supporter of the arts. Above all else, his family and his grandchildren held the most coveted place in his heart.

Pierre was a man of honor and integrity. He aimed to be the best at everything he did, which led him on a never-ending quest for knowledge.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sandra; his children, Nathalie (Jean-Francois Gauvin) Martimbeau, Tracey (Thorsten) Heise, Isabelle Martimbeau, Sarah (Charles) Grillo, and Elliott (Christine) Martimbeau; his grandchildren, Xavier Gomes, Sabina Da Costa, Conner and Tyler Hicks, Alexandra and Nicholas Heise, Camille and Simon Gauvin, and William and Ian Martimbeau; his brothers, Andre Martimbeau and Claude (Mary-Ellen) Martimbeau; his sister, Louise (Jacques Piette) Martimbeau; and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Benjamin Brooks and staff, Hospice and Palliative Care, Charlotte Region, and all of the family and friends who have been supportive over the years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the ALS Association North Carolina Chapter, 4 N. Blount Street, Suite 200, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601, (877) 568-4347; or The Jo Martin ALS Foundation, 100 N. Tryon Street, Suite 3420, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202, (704) 332-1929.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel is serving the family of Dr. Martimbeau.

Services

  • A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
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Phyllis Ferguson

June 19, 2018

Dear Sandra and Family,
From the minute I walked into your office, I was in love. You and Dr. M had just opened your practice in Charlotte and the two of your were the "dream team". You not only showed me respect as I sold my drugs, but welcomed me into your office and shared your life. How could I not be a patient?
Dr. M., you, Emily and Charlene all worked as a team to care for me over the years. How wonderful it was to know that my physician actually knew my name when he saw me anywhere. I know I am stating the obvious but he was not only a wonderful doctor but a gentle, kind, caring human.
I loved the stories of his learning to fly and to captain his boat. I loved his jokes, his smile, seeing his collection of pens, his cufflinks and just the joy of coming into his office as a patient or rep. I loved how he shared his pride in his family and especially the grandkids.
I was blessed to know this man and his family. My heart is so very sad for each of you. You are all in my prayers.

Anne Miller, RN

June 18, 2018

Dear Sandra, so sorry for your loss. Such fond memories of our good ole days at Presbyterian & your office. Makes me smile just thinking of them. Dr M always kept his clogs in my office. My love & sympathy to you & your family.
Anne Miller, RN

Robyn Benjamin Drs. Lee & Carolyn Benjamin Benjamin

June 18, 2018

We remember visiting the Martimbeau family in a suburb of Cleveland, before they moved to Charlotte. Our families had great times having summer cook-outs by the pool on Cavendish Court and at Lake Norman. I was sad to hear about the passing of Dr. Martimbeau. I know that he was loved by his family, colleagues, patients, and so on. I knew Mrs. Sandra, Tracy, Sarah, Elliot, Natalie, and Isabelle many years ago. I am so very sorry for the loss of Dr. Martimbeau, someone very special and dear to you. May you always have good memories of him.

Joyce Rick

June 18, 2018

Hi, Sandra, Tracy & Family,

Dr. Martimbeau was a wonderful doctor that served with such dignity. Sandra, when I complimented the beautiful roses in the office, I remember he told me that they were put there by his "rose" referring to you. I thought that was so sweet to refer to you as "His Rose". I'm sure you will miss him terribly. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and the family.

Sincerely,
Joyce Rick

Catherine Cooper

June 18, 2018

Sandra and family,
I was very sorry yesterday to learn of Dr. M's passing. There just can't be enough said about what a fine doctor and person he was. From my very first appointment, he (and all in the office) completely won my trust, offered me the reassurance I needed, and then saved my life. At the time, I counted myself extremely lucky to have found him and I continue to feel that way. I have missed seeing him, and you, in these years since the office closed.
Please know that I am thinking about you at this time of your great loss.
Best regards,
Catherine Cooper

Judy Hodson

June 18, 2018

Dear Sandra, I am so sad to learn of Dr Martimbeau’s passing. He was a wonderful, caring person. Along with you and the staff, he provided the best care one could ever ask for. I always felt that I was very special when I was there. I will always remember when the two of you visited me in Southport when I lived there for a while. I never even looked for another doctor while there, because I knew I had the best back home in Charlotte. I can still hear him say, “Let’s go see Sandra”. I pray that your memories and your wonderful family will sustain you in your loss. Very sincerely, Judy Hodson

Carol Puckett

June 18, 2018

Dear Sandra & family,
I was so saddened to read that Dr. Martimbeau had passed away. I have so many stories from working with him that I often laugh about some of them even today. When I was hired as the Director of Surgical Services at "Mercy Hospital" now CMC-Mercy in 1988, I was told that one of my priorities was to keep Dr. Pierre Martimbeau happy. I had never met him so I didn't know what to expect because I had heard all kinds of stories!! Throughout the years we had our challenges but no matter what, we always respected each other. He was demanding but I have found that most really good surgeons are that way!! He told me one day, "I want what I want when I want it" and he usually got it!! One of his main priorities was to always have the same team for all of his surgical procedures so I did everything I could to make sure that happened. It took me some time but I finally convinced him that we needed to train more than one team so they could cover for each other when one was out. Dr. Martimbeau was a great surgeon and his patient's loved him. The staff that worked with him routinely loved him.
Sandra, thank you for your help & support throughout the years in helping me meet his needs at the hospital. I often leaned on you with questions and advice and you were always there for me. My heart goes out to you and your family. God bless each of you and I will say a prayer you during this time.
Much love and admiration for a man that I admired.
Carol Puckett

Ann Wicker

June 18, 2018

To Sandra and the Martimbeau family,
I will never forget the first time I called the office. I was upset about the results of a test I had received from a different doctor. Whoever answered the phone was so calm and wonderful—probably you, Sandra—and worked me in for an appointment that very week. And for the next 10 plus years, Dr. Martimbeau was one of the best doctors I ever had. His kindness and his matter of fact way of dealing with (and helping me deal with) my health issues were always appreciated. Watching him write out his notes with one of his lovely pens was calming, even if we were dealing with something a bit scary. Most times, though, he’d cap the pen, look up, smile, and say, “Let’s go see Sandra.” Sending light and love and peace to all.

Kathleen Schwabenlender

June 18, 2018

Dr Martimbeau was my gynecologist for many years. He was a wonderful doctor. I always looked forward to seeing what kind of cuff links he would be wearing. I've even given him a pair to add to his collection.

He would write notes with a fountain pen too which I found to be fascinating.

My condolences to Sandra and all of his family.

Ron Virmani, M.D.

June 18, 2018

Pierre was a senior colleague of mine. I was blessed by his support and guidance in my ob-gyn career. He was a gentleman of integrity and honor. Whenever I stopped by in his office, he always had a few minutes to say hello and catch up.
His wife Sandy was always kind and nice to me. It was always a pleasure to see his daughter Tracy and her twin children playing at the office. I will fondly remember Pierre. I send my condolences to the family and wish them well.