January 23, 1949 – March 9, 2018
Mr. Bill Martin died peacefully in his home in Palm Beach Gardens, FL on March 9, 2018 at the age of 69.
Bill was born on January 23, 1949 in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School in Philadelphia, PA, in 1966, from La Salle College in Philadelphia, PA in 1970 with a degree in Business Administration and from the University of Notre Dame in 1972 with a MBA.
While attending La Salle College, Bill was introduced to Shelly Cooker, of Westmont, NJ, by a fraternity brother who was dating, and later married, Shelly’s sister, Kathy. Bill and Shelly went on their first date on New Year’s Eve 1968 and were married in August 1970. Shortly after, Bill began the MBA program at Notre Dame.
After graduation from Notre Dame, Bill and Shelly moved to Michigan, where he worked for Chrysler Automotive and then Touche Ross, which took them back to New Jersey. In 1982, Bill left Touche Ross to begin a long career in private equity with Holding Capital Group in NYC. Bill’s work with Holding Capital eventually took Bill and his family to Irving, TX in 1984 and then in 1996 to West Palm Beach, Florida, where he ran SV Microwave as its CEO until its acquisition by Amphenol Corporation in May 2005. Bill retired from SV Microwave in 2007. In the past few years, Bill was very involved in both TEC and BizPac Review organizations in South Florida.
Bill and his wife traveled extensively. Favorite destinations included Italy, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as visiting his sons and grandchildren in California and Massachusetts. Bill carried on this love for travel with his grandchildren, taking each of them on a trip to a destination of their choice. He explored London with Ella, both London and Paris with Alex, New York City with Patrick and most of Southern California with Andrew, including a tour of the Navy Seal facility in Coronado, CA.
His sons remember Bill as the consummate coach, leading teams in baseball, basketball and soccer in almost every season. Bill loved coaching sports and is remembered as the only coach of youth basketball who wore a suit and tie to games. Since NBA and college coaches wore suits, Bill would do the same. Even in his retirement, Bill continued his passion for coaching, coaching his grandchildren in both basketball and softball.
People also knew Bill as a die hard Notre Dame sports fan. Over the years, Bill attended more than 20 Notre Dame games, including a memorable Notre Dame win at LSU in Baton Rouge, LA, and an unfortunate Notre Dame loss in the 2012 National Championship game vs. Alabama.
Bill also was a very athletic person his whole life, running, biking and working out almost every day. For the past several years, Bill was involved in Krav Maga, earning the rank of a Green Belt in February 2017, and also trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kali, Escrima and Knife fighting.
Bill is survived by his wife, Shelly (Cooker), his two sons, Christopher and Brian, his daughters-in-law Claudia and Michele, his four grandchildren, Ella, Alexandra, Patrick and Andrew, and his brother, David. He is preceded in death by his father, William, and his mother, Florence Martin, of Philadelphia, PA.
The viewing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14th from 6:00-8:00pm at Aycock-Riverside Funeral Home in Jupiter, FL. A mass will be held on Thursday, March 15th at 10:30am at St. Patrick’s Church in Palm Beach Gardens, FL with a burial at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery in Royal Palm Beach, FL, followed by a reception at Spoto’s Oyster Bar in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bill’s life.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at http://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org.
- Bill is survived by his wife, Shelly (Cooker), his two sons, Christopher and Brian, his daughters-in-law Claudia and Michele, his four grandchildren, Ella, Alexandra, Patrick and Andrew, and his brother, David. He is preceded in death by his father, William, and his mother, Florence Martin, of Philadelphia, PA
- Celebration of Life Visitation Wednesday, March 14, 2018
- Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, March 15, 2018
- Committal Service Thursday, March 15, 2018
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March 10, 2018
It was Bills smile and how he would look down and would take in what you had just said and how he lovingly listened and came back at you strong ! But when he smiled firsthand before coming back to you with his response you knew he was saying i hear ya and i love ya but! ... he was a very very intelligent human being in a very deep way but he had an ability to hear you and comprehend you knowing who you were as an individual !!it seems that he knew your heart first and foremost instinctively. I know that my favorite part of Bill will always be his smile and laugh and quiet gulping chuckle !!he let you know the world was A-OK when he smiled in spite of his brains he knew what was most important . Family and close friends the rest was just icing on the cake. May you keep smiling down on us all as i promise Bill we will smile thinking of you. thank you for being our friend and many shistawooks in heaven. Love Richard and Doreen And Ian Danton
March 10, 2018
I studied Krav Maga with Bill. He always smiled when we all showed up together to train, he loved being part of the classes, and we loved having him with us! Bill was a huge part of class, his absence is felt strongly.
Here's a funny story Bill and I were just laughing about a few weeks ago. Bill was taking a private lesson from Master Alex, and his hour was up. Alex had another student waiting, and he asked me to spend a little extra time with Bill as he was getting ready for his Krav Maga belt test. We went through all the curriculum together and he breezed through it. "Everything looks good Bill.", I said, "Let's do some knife defenses." Bill says, "Ok!", as I take out my personal training knife, unfolding it from my pocket. It had a blue handle, with a dulled metal blade. "I'll try to touch you with this, and you can work your defenses!", I tell Bill. He replies back, "Uhh, ok", with uncertainty in his voice!
See, up until this point, Bill had only worked with rubber training knives. He had never seen a metal one, and unbeknownst to me, he thought my training knife was a real knife!
So the exercise starts and he does everything right! He's staying away from me, keeping his distance, and the whole time I'm amazed by how well he's performing! As soon as I got close with that "fake" knife, Bill kicked me as hard as he could right between the legs! I hit the ground and dropped the knife! "That was perfect, Bill!", I say, taking a moment to collect myself...and Bill walks up and picks the training knife up off the floor and says, "This is a fake knife!!". We both started laughing.
He said he thought it was real! And trusted me enough to know he wasn't in danger, but still wasn't gonna let me get near! He proved to himself, and I, that he had what it took to defend himself. If that moment was a test, Bill passed it.
I'm so proud of you, Bill. I will carry every memory of our time together forever. I miss you, my friend.