2013-08-01 / Obituaries

John H. Martin

John H. Martin, 64, of Meredith, N.H., died peacefully surrounded by his family on July 24, 2013, at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass.

Born on Sept. 2, 1948, in Jamestown, he was the son of the late John James and Vera (Piva) Martin.

John attended the University of Rhode Island. He started his banking career in 1973 as the branch manager of Lakeport Bank and Indian Head Bank in Gilford, N.H., where he met his wife Lu- Ann. John was the founder and executive vice president of Belknap Bank & Trust in Belmont, N.H., in the 1980s before becoming executive vice president of Village Bank & Trust in Gilford. When Village Bank & Trust merged with Laconia Savings Bank, John became vice president in business banking and commercial loans. In total, John spent more than 27 years between Village Bank & Trust, Laconia Savings Bank, and Bank of New Hampshire, and over 40 years as a banker.

Outside of work, John was an invaluable member of the community as a part of the Jaycee’s Club, Kiwanis Club and the Gilford Rotary Club. John also received many achievement awards for his service to the community.

John’s love of life showed everyday by his ear-to-ear smile and to all that knew him, John was nothing less than a beacon of positivity. John was taken away too early from all who were lucky enough to have known him. He touched so many lives with his sparkling and energetic personally, and was always there for everyone.

Above all else, his life was spent taking care of his family. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and was always focused on the family being together, whether taking long walks in the woods, working around the garden, tending to the animals, playing cards, or watching the Red Sox. John was the master griller on holidays, the happy-go-lucky farmer, and the life of every gathering he attended. There are truly no words that can express the loss of him as an amazing husband, father, brother, son-in-law, father-in-law, brother in-law, grandfather, friend and human being.

John, you will never be forgotten. You will always be loved.

John is survived by his inseparable and true soul mate of 39 years, LuAnn G. (Smith) Martin, of Meredith; four amazing children, sons John E. Martin and wife Michelle, Brian S. Martin and girlfriend Heidi McCarter (and her children Aryssa and Kendra), daughters Jennifer G. Martin and future sonin law Ken Mavrogeorge, Amy Messinger and husband Joshua; three grandchildren, Kaila, Hunter and Ethan Martin; sister-in-law Diane Smith of New Hampshire; in-laws Charlie and Esther Smith of New Hampshire; two brothers, Bill Martin of Rhode Island and Raymond Martin and wife Darlene Brown of California; nieces Lindsey and Jennie Brown, both of California; nephews Jason Martin and wife Sarah of Rhode Island, and Justin Martin and wife Christine of Pennsylvania; grandniece Isabelle, of Rhode Island; grandnephew Hudson Martin of Pennsylvania; aunt Emeline Cabral of Rhode Island; uncle Ed Austin of California; and numerous cousins from Rhode Island and North Carolina.

A private service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, John’s family asks that everyone spend quality time with their family as a special tribute to John. Donations may be made in his memory to Northern Lakes Veterinary Hospital, Save an Animal Program, 83 Depot St., Ashland, NH 03217.

Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are assisting the family with the arrangements.

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