Robert J. Martin

martin-bert-obitGEORGIA – Robert J. “Grampy Bert” Martin, 74, husband of the late Beverly (Tatro) Martin, passed away Thursday morning, Jan. 17, 2013 at the home of his brother in Georgia with his loving family at his side.

He was born Feb. 24, 1938 in Burlington, the son of the late Francis & Helen (Sullivan) Martin.

Bert was a graduate of Cathedral High School, Class of 1956, and was inducted into the Rice/Cathedral Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. He entered the U.S. Army in 1956, receiving his honorable discharge in 1959 at which time he became employed at the Burlington Police Department for two years. He then worked for what eventually became Verizon for 35 years, retiring in 1996.

Bert enjoyed the outdoors and hunting. He had the opportunity to experience his first youth hunting season this year with his grandson Jacob. Bert loved the role of grandfather and cherished the time spent with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his daughter and her husband Jill and Christopher Messineo of Georgia; his son, Timothy Martin of Burlington; his grandchildren Jacob, Alexander, Elizabeth, Owen and Isabella Messineo, all of Georgia; his siblings Francis “Pepper” Martin Jr. of Barton, Mary “Tess” Usher of Yucca Valley, Calif., Charles “Chuck” Martin and his friend, Gail Jette, of Ripton; John “Jake” Martin and his wife, Sue, of Bakersfield; Patricia Laskowski of Milton, James Martin and his friend, Lucy Vennes, of Georgia; and Colleen Steen of Fairfax; his in-laws Larry Tatro and his wife, Kari, of Franklin; Terry Tatro and his wife, Kathy, of Richford; Pauline Germain and her husband, Steve, of Fletcher, Sally Tatro and Pete Combs of Richford, and Geraldine Jewett of Richford and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Bert was predeceased by his wife, Beverly, on Jan. 1, 1997. Bert and Bev were married on Sept. 4, 1965. He was also predeceased by his in-laws Gordon “Bud” and Lottie (LaPlant) Tatro and his brother-in-law, Gordon Tatro Jr.

Grampy Poem by Elizabeth Messineo

Dear Grampy Bert you’re loving, caring, helpful, funny,
You’re the best chocolate milk maker in the world.
You make Christmas so special.
I love you as much as the world.
When you’re sick my heart is as sad as a little girl that can’t dance.
You’re as lovely as the twinkling stars above.
I love you dear Grampy Bert all the way to the stars above.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Ascension Catholic Church, 3157 Ethan Allen Highway, Georgia with the Rev. Maurice Roy celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. There will be no visiting hours. Interment took place in a private committal service at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Enosburg Falls.

For those who wish, contributions in Bert’s memory may be made to Rice Memorial High School, Bert Martin Scholarship Fund, 99 Proctor Ave., South Burlington, VT 05403.

Private messages of condolence may be sent to Bert’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.

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