Martin June 28th 2023 peacefully at the MacMillan Unit, Antrim Hospital, John C. Jr. dearly loved husband of Maebeth, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland (formerly of New York, USA), much loved father of Alana and the late John III, dear brother of Kathleen (Bagley), Priscilla (Light) and the late Martha (Nestor) and a very dear brother in law and uncle.
House and arrangements strictly private.
In 2006 John retired to Northern Ireland. As he once described this move:
“I migrated to the land of my grandparents with the woman of my dreams.
Wife Maebeth has an MBE from the Queen and a personality from heaven.
We live surrounded by the green, green glens of Ireland with grazing sheep out every window and second cousins in every town.”
Donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, to Friends of the Cancer Centre c/o DJM Robinson & Son, 121 Culcrum Road, Cloughmills. BT44 9DT.
Messages of Condolence
May you rest in peace John.
Dearest John, a gentle strength always shone from you. I’m so glad that you spent the final years of your life with your beloved and adoring Maebeth. It is a privilege to have known you. I’ll never raise a glass of New York Martini without remembering you! In fact, Christmas Eve will, henceforth, become a memorial to you! “We’re all just walking each other home.” Au revoir, John. x
Dearest John. Such a lovey kind and thoughtful person with the heartiest laugh and wonderful sense of humour. You will be so sadly missed but forever in our hearts.
Our sincere condolences. We only knew you and John briefly, Maebeth, but there was a deep and immediate connection between us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
Robert & Sarah McCaughern
Uncle John was an incredible person. He had an inspiring career, an inspiring life in retirement, and an inspiring love. I’m just sorry I didn’t get more time with him and that my children didn’t have the time to get to know him. He will be remembered so fondly.
My condolences Maebeth to you, John’s much-loved and very-loving wife, to John’s daughter, Alana, and his nephew, Josh, whom I had the pleasure of meeting, to John’s siblings and their families whom I haven’t met, and Maebeth, to your siblings and their families whom I have met.
Maebeth, you and John were special, both most kind in word and deed. As I write I’m thinking of your thoughtful invites to outdoor afternoon teas so I could listen for that beautifully-mystical call of the curlews and maybe see the hare that comes to your garden too. And there were the fun parties at your idyllic countryside home, all of which I enjoyed so much.
John’s passing-on is so sad and my heartfelt sympathy goes to all of you.
Jacqueline (Jaki) Knox
Yours was a real love story and I will always remember how your eyes always lit up when you spoke of John, dear Maebeth. What a loss but what a wonderful twenty three years together – such happiness. He will rest in peace.
Maebeth, so sad to hear of the loss of your dear husband John. It’s a sore loss.
Love Jenny Bamford
Maebeth, I am so sorry. John was a wonderful person and what a fantastic couple you made. My deepest condolences. Love and prayers.
Rest in peace John. You & Maebeth will see each other again one day.
John was the brother I never had. I feel his absence with immense sadness. The world is surely a little less joyful without his loving presence. What a loss for those who knew and loved him.
I remember having afternoon tea with Maebeth & John in their gorgeous home in the Glenn’s. We had it outside and the weather was lovely. They were wonderful hosts. Afterwards John walked me to my motor and he loved it, it was a convertible with a great sound. We talked about cars & adventures. He was hugely encouraging about our adventures to bring Good Vibrations to New York. Thanks John for the vote of confidence & for being Maebeth’s rock. R.I.P. My sincerest sympathies to Maebeth, John’s daughter & family.
Ann & I are sending out deepest condolences for the loss of John. You and John were blessed to have spent so much time together sharing John’s last few years in such a beautiful place.
Dear John, in the short time I’ve known you, I can tell that you had a sparkle in your eye and glint in your heart. You were a special character with an abundance of personality. I’ve no doubt you’ve lived an extremely fulfilling life and embraced every opportunity. May you rest in peace
So sorry to hear this news. Thinking of you, Maebeth, and sending love.
Thanking of the wonderful times we spent with John and Maebeth! May he rest in peace
Rest In Peace John, it was good to have known you and the joy you brought into a room. My thoughts with Maebeth, Alana and extended family at this time.
Uncle John was a great role model in many ways – skilled sailor, outdoorsman, teacher, and successful career.
John and I shared a number of adventures over the years; some of my fondest memories are of me and my older cousin, John C. Martin III. John and the sailing family helped expand my love of sailing and adventures, one trip in particular inspired my love of Bristol 40 sailboats and design.
In later years John and I connected around my military service and love of history, exploring a bit of Northern Irish history when I visited on a business trip in December 2017. We toured Londonderry/Derry, the walls and battlements, and had a great time sharing ideas, lunch, and books. He was always very interested in what we all were doing, interested in, and exploring creative ideas.
One of his greatest loves was Maebeth and Alana – family. His two favorites and whom his world revolved around.
Uncle John will be very missed by all, an inspiration to many, a fantastic resource and sounding board, and a great friend.
I love what John wrote about his return to the Green Glens of Antrim with the woman of his dreams. A privilege to witness their joy. Maebeth, my most-admired friend, sending love.
Mary Pat Kelly
I will always remember Uncle John’s smile and beautiful eyes. They loving way he looked at Maebeth. The kindness and his class. He will always be in our hearts.
John had to be special. We have known Maebeth 50 years and loved everything about her. But when she met and married John she shone brighter than the brightest star. Thank you John for making Maebeth even more special that she already was.
Jacky & Bill Keith
John, not only was a great friend but also like a father to me. Helping me in bad times and having fun in better times, such as party nights. May he rest in peace.
Dearest Maebeth, without doubt, the stars are shining brighter now with John in heaven. Eugene and I both wished we could have spent more time together over the past few years – we had lovely times with you and John. I can only imagine your loss and I pray that you will find comfort in the very beautiful and special memories I know you will always cherish. Sending you much love Maebeth.
Rhianna and Eugene Roddy