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YANNICK JOSEPH MARTIN Yannick Joseph Martin, former Chef-Owner of Cafe du Soir, passed away peacefully in his home, after battling cancer on Monday, September 16, 2013 at the age of 78 with his loving wife Valerie and daughters Kim and Kerrie by his side. Yannick was born in St. Servan, in the Brittany Region of Western France. And, grew up in Rennes and St. Malo, and attended the College of Architecture. He served 3-years in the French Foreign Legion and was stationed in Madagascar. In his younger years, he played on a traveling soccer team, played the bag pipes and drums, and was an avid sailor. In 1959, Yannick left France on-board a Norwegian cargo ship to America. He travelled cross-country from California to Massachusetts. During his lifetime, he was employed by and/or owned fine dining establishments in Boston, NYC and New Orleans before moving to Port St. Lucie, FL in 1974. Over the past 40 years, Yannick exercised his culinary skills as Executive Chef at "Sandpiper Bay", "Ocean Village", "Seaview Restaurant", "Restaurant 41" and "Chez Yannick". In 1988, Yannick and Valerie Martin fulfilled their lifetime dream and opened Cafe du Soir and served the Treasure Coast for 18 years. His last venture was "Maison Martinique". Yannick was a kind, gentle, generous man. An extremely talented yet humble chef. A free spirit with a passion for travel. Proud of his Breton culture. Unconditional love for and dedication to his family and friends. He will be deeply missed. Yannick is survived by his wife, Valerie of 25-years; his daughters Kim Burgett (Mike) and Kerrie Fitzgerald (Frank); granddaughters Emily, Merrill and Audrey; grandson Sebastien. And, family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Roger and Anne; brother Erwan. Visitation will be on Sunday, September 22nd from 6-8PM at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach, FL. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, September 23rd at 10AM at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Vero Beach, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations "In Memory of Yannick Martin" may be made to the Humane Society of Vero Beach, PO Box 644, Vero Beach, FL 32961- 0644.
Published in the TC Palm from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22, 2013