OCEAN CITY, Md. - Robert John "Bob" Martin, 68, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Born to Albert and Rita Martin in New York City, he had lived in Bronx, N.Y., Haskell, N.J., and then Vernon N.J., for 30 years before moving to Ocean City three years ago. Bob served with the United States Army in Vietnam and then worked as an elevator maintenance man for 44 years, owning and operating Automatic Dumbwaiter and Gem Elevator before retiring in 2007. He enjoyed being on his boat, fishing and country line dancing, and was an avid animal lover. He especially loved his dog, "Marty." He was the most kindhearted, loving man anyone has ever known. He was always there for his family and even taught his children, nieces and nephews the fine art of driving. He will always be remembered for teaching us all the true unconditional meaning of love. Bob will truly be missed by everyone. Bob was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Raymond Martin (1984), and was the beloved husband for 42 years of Jean Martin (Nolan), of Ocean City, Md. Devoted father of Ann Mansfield and her husband, Tim, of Shawnee, Kan., and Daniel Martin of Ocean City, Md. Loving grandfather of Lauren, Danielle and Joshua Mansfield. Dear brother-in-law of Mary Gawel and her husband, Mike, Bridie and her husband, Robert, and Angela Nolan. Cherished by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. The family will receive their friends at Ferguson-Vernon Funeral Home, 241 Route 94, Vernon, on Monday, Nov. 12, from 5 to 9 p.m. Funeral from the funeral home will be Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Jude the Apostle R.C. Church, Hamburg, will follow at noon. Cremation will be private. Information and condolences can be found at www.fergusonvernonfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Nov. 11, 2012