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David John Martin

Born: Wed., Apr. 10, 1957
Died: Sat., May 16, 2020


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Have Mercy! On May 16, 2020, the center of our lives and the glue who held us all together, David John Martin, 63, of Cedar St, Rome passed away with his family by his side after a long, joyful life filled with love, laughter, and all his favorite people. We can say goodbye because we undoubtedly know Elsie was waiting in heaven with a big apple pie and her knittin’, ready to dote on her favorite child again, and that David is so happy to be with his father Sam, brothers Tommy, Ronnie, and Kevin, many aunts and uncles, and beloved dog Yogi.

Missing him already, David is survived by his big brother Mike, his sister Sharon, his sister Beverly, his different sister Maureen, his sissy Patty, his favorite baby sister Barbie, brothers and sister-in-law and friends Russ, Brad, Lori and because Dave didn’t care about marital technicalities, his other sisters Cindy, Lynette, Pat and Theresa and brothers Danny and Mike H. Dave also leaves behind his best friend of nearly 60 years Ralphie Terzini, all of his housemates, especially Todd, who was his favorite person to bicker with, and his very special Aunt Donna.  There are too many to mention individually, but Dave is also survived by innumerable extended family, including many nephews and nieces who were the light of his life, especially his partner in crime and “buttercup” Chelsae Mae Radell and his tireless advocate and dear friend, Russell.

Always determined to get exactly what he wanted and needed, when his mother passed away Dave asked for a place of his own. We would like to thank all of the staff who, while still allowing him to maintain his independence, cared for him and became a part of his family over the years. Especially, Dan Sweeney who has been with Dave since the very beginning, loving and caring for him like a brother for the last twenty-two years. We are eternally grateful for you.

Growing up on Dopp Hill in Westernville, he attended Rome Schools and was a lifelong volunteer of the Westernville Fire Department, and a member of St. Josephs’ Parish, Lee Center.
An extremely hard worker, Dave rarely missed a day of work at Job Connections or his weekly duties volunteering at the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, adamantly insisting he go to work even when he had pneumonia or his brother’s funeral. After dementia forced him to retire, he enjoyed going to Sitrin Adult Day Program to be with his friends every day. In his free time Dave loved listening to his scanner, working on his computer, writing, drawing, enjoying his music, and being with his family. Never one to want to sit around and waste a good weekend, Dave loved going out to lunch, especially to see his buddy Sal at Avicolli’s in Camden or his girls at Teddy’s. A day out for Dave was never complete without going to Nicky Doodles for ice cream afterwards.

If you knew Dave, you knew that you were loved. He loved and cared for everyone equally, unconditionally, and without judgement. And as long as you weren’t asking him to share his candy and Mountain Dew, or a man trying to take one of his girls from him, he probably really liked you, too. We never ceased to be amazed by how many people Dave knew when we were out and about with him. His genuine love and concern for others was extraordinary.

Although we acknowledge the struggles that his dementia brought the last few years, the brunt of which were undoubtedly felt by his staff, it was also in many ways a beautiful gift. Our serious, reserved, and responsible Dave blossomed into an even brighter light and joy who lived every single moment to the very fullest. He taught us to always laugh, deeply and joyfully, especially when things are the most difficult. Completely unfiltered, he kept us on our toes until nearly the very end, always saying something to get us laughing with him again.  

Due to current circumstances related to Covid-19, there will be no calling hours and burial in Westernville Cemetery will be private.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc., Camden, NY. Although we cannot all be together, we sincerely hope that in Dave’s memory, you will join each of us in learning to love yourself and others unconditionally and without judgement, and to try to live the rest of your days to the very fullest. The world needs us to follow Dave’s example now more than ever. Pick up the phone, check on your people, spread love and joy however you can.
Okay, now that’s it. As Dave would say, “Yah, yah, yah! Oh, go blow it out your nose! NO MORE BLATTIN’… Let’s go out to lunch!”
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Westernville Vol Fire Dept., and/or Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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Nancy Eron
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
Dear Patty and family, our sincere condolences on the passing of David. What a beautiful soul and blessing to your family. Love from Tom and Nancy Eron.

Linda Murphy
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
Dearest David's family ,I want to express my deepest sympathy for the loss of our dear David. I am one of the nurses that over see David's house,I have known5 him for 5 years. And it is totally true that when any one met David you know you were loved and very easy to love David back. He will truly be missed. My prayers are with you all. My condolences Linda s Murphy

Lauri Edick
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
David...you were one in a million! Rest in peace.

Holly Puglio
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of David’s passing. He truly was a bright light on this earth and is surely a bright light in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with all who loved David so much .

Sophie Lynch
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
Dear American Family,

We were all so sad to hear about David’s passing. I remember meeting him when we visited and he really was a shining light. I always loved seeing the pictures and videos of him on social media - up to his old tricks - it brightened my day! He clearly lived a long, full life. I’m sure he will be with all of our family now - my Nan and Grandad will definitely have been waiting for him. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.
Love, Sophie

Bryan Lynch
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
To all my extended family in North America, I was so saddened to hear of my dear cousin Davids passing, he was loved by everyone and gave so much love back and I will always remember his time here in England with us and visits to my fire station and to the pub with Uncle Jack and then to see him again and visit where he lived while we enjoyed time with our family in the States. I will miss that smile Dave, God Bless and rest easy brother
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Dawn Larsen
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
So sorry for your loss. David was a wonderful and joyful person to work with. I worked with David in Job Connection Print Shop and took him out on Monday night drop ins. We always had a wonderful time! Prayers for your family .

beth broadway
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
What a beautiful eulogy, and so perfect for Dave's life. Thank you for giving us the family-eye view of this wonderful man. May he rest in peace and may each of you be as joyful for his ascendance into heaven as the many balloons on this page show. Sending you love and this time of farewell.

Dennis and Gail Sexton
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to David’s entire family. His loving soul touched so many lives and will truly be missed. Our thoughts are with you. ❤️

Mary
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
What a beautiful eulogy for David! I so enjoy him always with a smile ❤️




E.Gail Reese
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
Sorry for you loss, it is never easy to say goodby to someone as sweet as David John. Take care and god bless you all until you see him again!

Jim Melnick
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
Very sorry for your loss. Keep happy thoughts. May you Rest In Peace

Lynda m schmelcher
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
RIP you will be miss never forgotting hard worker I remember seen him missing children volunteer nice person

Brian McCann
   Posted Tue May 19, 2020
To the family of David Martin, words can not express how sad and sorry i am about Davids passing. He was truely one of the kindest people i ever had the honnor of knowing. I feel blessed that i knew him even for a short period of time. God bless him and the entire family .

Deepest sympathies,

Brian McCann

Kathy Hanley
   Posted Tue May 19, 2020
I was so touched by reading about David I wish I had the opportunity to meet him. So sorry for your loss especially at this most difficult time.

Gary Jones
   Posted Wed May 20, 2020
Nancy and I are truly saddened at the passing of David. I grew up with David in Westerville and spent many overnights at his home as his brother Mike was my best friend.David was friends with everyone in town and nobody treated him any different than anyone else. He was always happy to see you and never had a cross for for anybody. He was a joy to know and without knowing it, taught many people lessons about life. He will be greatly missed.

Stephanie D Schell
   Posted Wed May 20, 2020
Was an inspiration to anybody living with a disability or challenge in this world.

Mary Alger
   Posted Wed May 20, 2020
My deepest sympathy to you all. I am a Senior Companion with Job Connections and worked with David for the past 15 years. Started at the print shop on Mill St and then to The Hub. He was a great guy and always had a smile and a hug for me.Living on Webster Hill, we talked about the Westernville fire Dept every day. He was so proud to be a member. I will always remember his big smile. may he rest in peace. Mary Alger

kenneth F baker jr
   Posted Thu May 21, 2020
To the Martin family we are very sorry for the loss of your loved one.David was one of the best.I worked with his dad for many years at Rome Cable and that was how I got to meet David. Thoughts and prayers to all of your family at this sad time .

Aaron D Siddall
   Posted Thu May 21, 2020
Dearest David's family,

My name is Aaron, I occasionally worked with David while working for the Arc. Though I did not regularly work with David, he and I often found ourselves in each other company on outings and shared events. He was always so happy to see me, and took an interest in whatever I was doing. He was full of jokes, stories and so much warmth. I am deeply sorry to hear of his passing, and you have my deepest sympathies.

Jim Randall
   Posted Fri May 22, 2020
What a moving obituary. David sounded like a fantastic person who truly lived each day. My sympathy to all of his family and extended family and friends.

Sarah Singletary
   Posted Sat May 23, 2020
I had the pleasure of working with David for about 9 years at cedar street. He was one of the greatest people I have known, his empathy for everyone was incredible. I miss helping him play pranks, listening to Celine Dion for hours. I always loved the way he would wait on the front porch on Saturdays for the newspaper, he would run into his room with it and write the shopping list for the house. I would bring him to visit his mom and brothers tombstone, he always talked about his mother, and all the foods she would cook him. He was a ladies man and a guys guy. He will be greatly missed ♥️

Grace Myers from Sitrin Adult Day Hab
   Posted Sun May 24, 2020
I knew David from the Day Hab program. He rode my bus every day to Sitrin. He always had a big smile and hi to everyone. He loved giving big hugs. David I will truly miss you my buddy. I will miss your big smiles and loving hugs. David I will see you in Heaven my friend. May God Bless you. Love your friend Grace Myers from Sitrin Adult Day Hab program. 😥😥😥💖💖💖

Grace Myers
   Posted Mon May 25, 2020
I knew David from Sitrin adult day Hab program. He also was my bus buddy. He always had a great big smile on his face. He was my buddy. He gave the warmest hugs. I love you buddy and I will miss you so much. May God Bless You until we meet again in heaven. Love always Grace. 😥😥😥🙏

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