Bernard Ludger Martin
March 26, 1947 – June 14, 2020
Portland, ME - Bernard (Bernie) Martin, 73, died peacefully at his home with his wife, Pat, at his bedside. He was born in Edmundston, NB, Canada, on March 26, 1947, to Alice and Ludger Martin of Madawaska, ME. Bernie spent his high school and college years attending St. Louis University in Edmundston. He graduated in 1968 with a BA degree in Physics, minoring in Math.
He taught math in New Ipswich, NH, for 2 years before marrying his best friend, Patricia Cloutier, on June 20, 1970. Bernie and Pat settled in the Bangor area where Bernie studied and became an X-ray technician. This profession didn’t suit his love of the outdoors and so he accepted a job driving the Construction Materials delivery truck for Wickes Lumber. Pat would frequently join him on deliveries to areas of rural Maine and favorite locations along Downeast Maine. After Wickes Lumber closed their doors, they relocated to Portland, ME. Bernie was employed as the Indoor Sales and Estimator with Glidden Roofing in Scarborough until his retirement at age 60.
Throughout his life Bernie was an outdoor and sports enthusiast. He was an avid road biker and runner, participating in numerous 10-k races. He was a great basketball, racquetball, soccer and softball player. He and Pat also enjoyed many X-country and downhill skiing outings. He was a man in motion until his declining health fully claimed his mobility. His motto became, “I did it all when I could, and now I’m basking in those memories. No regrets.”
Bernie was a favorite uncle to his many nieces and nephews and he never forgot a birthday. He could easily elicit a laugh, often as a practical joker. His life’s priority was to live life simply and capitalize on each moment of every day. Bernie each month would draft a “full moon report” sent via email to his sisters. This allowed him to share his philosophy to take time, slow things down and “bask in the light”.
Bernie and Pat celebrated monthly anniversaries. June 20, 2020 would have marked their 600th month as a married couple, or their 50 year milestone wedding anniversary! It is with deepest gratitude that Bernie’s five sisters recognize Pat for her loving devotion to Bernie throughout their marriage and especially in the final years when he required complete assistance with daily living.
Bernie is predeceased by his parents and will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Pat, his sisters, Marie (Glen) Ronco, Snohomish, WA, Isabel (Robert) Porell, Gorham, ME, Theresa (James) Grage, Everett, WA, Helen Merrill, Bellingham, WA, Rita (Jeff) Daigle, Kennebunk, ME, and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. A simple graveside service will be held in Madawaska at a later date.
We extend our sincere thanks to Beacon Hospice for their expert care of Bernie and support given to his family. The healthcare staff were angels during this difficult time and offered peace of mind to Pat in her role as primary caregiver.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to: Amedisys Foundation and mailed to: Beacon Hospice 52 Atlantic Place South Portland, ME 04106
As a final wish and in honor of Bernie, friends and family are reminded to enjoy the simpler things in life, take time to gaze at the full moon and bask in its light.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Bernard Ludger Martin
June 29, 2020
I am so saddened to hear of Bernie's passing. You were a beautiful couple with lots of love that made others envious. May you find peace in the wonderful memories that you made with him. A memory I have is of the beautiful anniversary ring that he gave to you. I remember you telling me that it took you a long time to get that ring. I wanted one for myself for many years....PS.... I finally got one and when I look at it now....I will remember your love for Bernie and his love for you.
June 22, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you and family during this difficult time. You and Bernie were the "perfect" couple in every way. He was very lucky to have married his best friend. 600 "monthly" anniversaries is quite the accomplishment. Wishing you some peace during this transitional time.
June 18, 2020
One of my fondest memories involves returning home for the holidays. Bernie, Pat, Jeff and myself headed out for a x-country ski trip into the woods above “ the park”. We were gone for hours. The afternoon got snowy and colder and we got lost. We finally returned home at dusk to our mom’s relief but more importantly to her chicken stew and ployes!
Bernie was a runner, a biker, a skier, a ball player and the best big brother a girl could have.
Move freely now, Bernie.
June 18, 2020
During all our college years, one word was associated with him: AMAZEMENT. Just a fantastic guy with respect for everyone, and funny. I still don't understand why he could be so much without simplicity. I played basketball with him. Boy, was he patient with us all! It breaks my heart that he is gone. His family will miss him forever. I understand their grief. After years he still is on my mind like I had met him last weekend. Thanks Bernie!!!
June 18, 2020
Pat, I am so sorry to hear of Bernie's passing. I always knew how much you loved him, just by the way you spoke of him. You were always there for him, as he was for you. May happy memories of your lives together give you comfort and peace.
Leo Paul Charest
June 17, 2020
Mes condoléances! Je garde d’excellents souvenirs de Bern lors de son passage au Collège St Louis. Un grand sportif, un bon ami, une grande personne.