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.
REMEMBERING

Pierre Walter Martimbeau

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Mary Wallace Berry

July 18, 2018

As the (now retired) librarian at Novant Health Presbyterian for over 30 years, I worked with many physicians. Dr. Martimbeau was one of my favorites. He was always so kind and cheerful. It was a delight to see him when he came to retrieve the ABOG readings. He was never in a hurry and always made the day brighter.
My life was enriched by knowing him. He will be remembered.

Monique Frontain

July 15, 2018

To Sandra and Pierre’s family! You grieve today and I grieve with you! You are sad that he left you so soon and I, who am older than all of you, wonder why! Having lost loved ones who were very young, too young to die, know that it only seems that they are no more, but in reality as long as we keep them in our hearts they remain close to us! Pierre is with you and with me. He also lives in the hearts of all the people whose lives he touched and
prolonged. May this thought be your consolation.

Charlotte Johnson

July 9, 2018

T o Sandra and the family I can’t tell you how sad I was about Dr. Martimbeau’s passing. When you guys welcomed Dr. Adams and I into your office in July 1999, I couldn’t have known how lucky I was. I have such fond memories of being part of the staff and getting to know all of you. Dr. Martimbeau became my doctor. He was so considerate and thorough. I will never forget the first time we had a rep lunch after I arrived. He told me to join in and learn something! I learned a lot and feel fortunate to have known and worked for him. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Wayne and Charlotte Johnson

Kim Mabry

July 3, 2018

Dear Sandra and family, I always revered Dr. Martimbeau as the utmost in talented physicians. Moreover, he was a doctor that really cared and had a lot of compassion. You could see it in his eyes. I was his and Sandra's patient for over 20 years, and felt like they were family. I often think of you both with much adoration. With tears in my eyes and a saddened heart, I do miss him! I am so sorry for your loss, Sandra, and I lift you and your family up in my prayers. I just found out. Goodnight dear Dr. Martimbeau. Sincerely, Kim Mabry

Lucy Lamb

June 28, 2018

Please know that you are all in my thoughts. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Dr was such an extraordinarily kind man and touched so many more of us than he could ever have imagined.
At my first surgery I heard him walk into the OR and started to wave. He came right over and took my hand - good thing - because realizing that my arms were strapped down I would have begun to scream otherwise. He knew.
Lucy Lamb

Walter Davis

June 21, 2018

To Sandra & family,

Pierre was unique. That which he aspired to do he accomplished expertly. He embodied optimism and enthusuasm and it was an honor to have considered myself Pierre's friend.

Strength, healing and peace to each of you. Peck

Bob blalock

June 21, 2018

As a retired musician from the Charlotte Symphony, ,Dr. Martimbeau will always be remembered for his support of music and the musicians who performed it. His support meant a lot to all of us and we could never thank him enough.We are all thinking of his family during this time.

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.