And, Marty was loyal to St. John Center, seldom missing a shift and usually bringing some kind of treat to give to our guys. Visits to the shelter were a priority in Marty’s very active life. “I schedule my life around coming in here,” said Marty in an SJC newsletter article several years ago.
Marty was most proud of his family – Leslie, his wife of 44 years, his two children, and three grandchildren.
Like most people, Marty faced his share of challenges, but he simply refused to let anything get in the way of enjoying life.
Marty left us too early on July 2. Tuesdays will never be quite the same in the Coffee Room because Marty was one-of-a-kind. Several clients have expressed their appreciation for the “crazy hat guy.”
Ironically, one of Marty’s most memorable moments occurred May 11 at the dedication of the Center’s newly renovated Coffee Room. As a contributor to the project, his name is on the plaque that hangs next to the Coffee Room door. Marty was one of three people who cut the ribbon to officially open the new Coffee Room that day.
“I bring a little humor into their lives and put a smile on their faces for a little while,” said Marty in the aforementioned article. “If I can have a positive impact on one or two guys each week, that makes me feel good.”
Mission accomplished Marty. Thanks for the smiles.