Obituaries: Norman Martin

Norman Martin, 79, of Bristol, beloved husband of Henrietta (Desjardins) Martin, died on Thursday (March 3, 2016) at his home after a short illness while he was surrounded by his family.  Norman was born on April 29, 1936 in St. Leonard Parent, N.B., Canada, and was one of ten children of the late Gerald and Marianne (Daigle) Martin.  He was raised in St. Leonard by Henri and Eva Daigle.  He emigrated from St. Leonard to Bristol in 1956 and was the founder & owner of Martin & Sons, Inc.  What began as a humble carpentry business grew into a single and multi-family land development business that he ran for 40 years.  He was a member of the Franco-American Club, serving on the board of directors for several years and the Knights of Columbus.  Norman loved to spend time boating on Cedar Lake. He enjoyed snowmobiling with special friends and family throughout New England & Canada.  He loved a good game of cribbage to show you he was the best. For many years he mostly enjoyed going to his camp in Beckett, MA where countless friends and family would gather and simply enjoy life. He provided for his family and friends the best he knew. He was a man with a good heart who wanted nothing in return but friendship and love.  In addition to his loving wife of 60 years, Norman is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law: Henri and Roxanne Martin and Bernard and Debbie Martin, all of Bristol; seven grandchildren: Heidi Sullivan and husband, Eric, of Stratford, Joey Norman Martin, Julie Martin, Jonathan Martin, Seth Hayes and wife, Lauren, Monica Hayes, and Shelly Hayes, all of Bristol.  His nine siblings are: Robert Martin (deceased) and his wife Yvonne, of Ottawa, Canada, Rudy and Joan Martin, of Ottawa, Canada, Jimmy and Cindy Martin of Vernon, Danny and Donna Martin of Tucson, AZ, Mona Martin of Quebec City, Canada, Neil Wetmore and his wife Donna (deceased) of Middletown, Elizabeth Middleton of Surfside, CA, Jackie Scappatticci and husband, Paul of Manchester, and Patsy Barbuito of Manchester. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday (March 7, 2016) at 11 AM at St. Ann Church, 215 West St., Bristol. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol on Sunday between 2 and 5 PM.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol, Inc., PO Box 1922, Bristol, CT 06011-1922.  Please visit Norman’s memorial web-site at www.FUNKFUNERALHOME.comMartin, Normand-DP