Martin Liss

June 30, 1929 - May 26, 2019
Martin Liss

Martin Liss, 89, passed away peacefully in Wilmington, NC on Sunday, May 26, 2019 surrounded by family. He was a long-time resident of Middletown, NY and Miami Beach and Aventura, FL. More recently he lived in Las Vegas, NV and Santa Monica, CA.

He was born in Brooklyn in 1929 to Al and Hannah Liss. Along with his fraternal twin Irwin, he was one of the original incubated babies on display at the Coney Island Boardwalk. As a boy after leaving Brooklyn with his family, Martin spent his boyhood in upstate New York. Martin graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Business Administration. This served him well as he joined his family’s tire business, and then started a maintenance business and later teamed with his wife to open a women’s clothing boutique, The Caravan, all based in Middletown, NY. Always the astute real estate investor, after retirement he partnered with wife Barbara to become realtors in Florida. Affectionately known as Marty, he was a ‘salt of the earth’ guy to all who knew him, always there to help, whether rescuing someone stranded in snowstorm, sharing life lessons and wisdom with his loved ones, building everything from soups to nuts, or hosting nieces, nephews, and grandchildren along with their many friends in his beautiful condo by the sea. A devoted husband and father, Marty’s first love was his family, and his second was a three-way tie between ice cream, old movies, and travel. With his wife he visited five continents and traveled the US in their motorhome. Friends and family relied on his talents as a Mr. Fix-it–always with a tool box in tow or as a master turkey-carver. One of his proudest accomplishments was the family home he built with his own hands.

He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 65 years, Barbara Liss of Wilmington, NC, his cherished children, Linda Liss-Bronstein (Andrew Bronstein) of Leland, NC, Debra Liss of Santa Monica, CA, and Jonathan Liss (Chad Smith) of Los Angeles, CA, his adored grandchildren Jacob Bronstein (Michelle Yee) of Santa Cruz, CA and Madeline Bronstein (Spencer Denham) of New York, NY, and an enchanting great-grand-daughter, Emma Claire of Santa Cruz, CA. He is also survived by his sister June Fisch of Long Island, NY and 15 nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by his parents and brothers Sheldon and Irwin.

Funeral services will be held 11 am Thursday, May 30 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC. Burial will be at the Temple of Israel Cemetery.

Shiva will be held at the home of his daughter, Linda Liss-Bronstein, Thursday 5/30/19 6:30 – 9:00 and Friday 5/31/19 2:00 – 5:00.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to: (a global literacy initiative) or by mail to NESTUSA, 1204 Main Street, Suite 535, Branford, CT 06405.

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  • May 29, 2019
    Dave says:
    I am so sorry for your loss, Loosing a loved one is traumatic and very difficult. However Jesus said at John 5:28, 29 “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out,. . .” We so look forward to that. My Sincere condolences. Dave

  • May 29, 2019
    Maria Ingrassia says:
    Mom and I send our deepest sympathies to all of your family during this difficult time . Please send Barbara our love and prayers . We have many fond memories of Marty and all the help he gave us on Fashion Shows and other charitable endeavors over the years . I loved helping at the Caravan and Marty was always going to get us coffee or breakfast or lunch ! He was a true gem . Sending all of our love during this difficult time . Hug your Mom and never forget the memories , Marty will forever live in all of your hearts ! Maria and Judith Ingrassia

  • May 29, 2019
    Karen and Alex Segev says:
    Alex and I are sending love and hugs to Barbara and all the family. We are so honored to have had your parents in our lives.

  • May 30, 2019
    Phyllis Dunitz says:
    Our condolences to the Liss family. Phyllis and Dan Dunitz

  • May 30, 2019
    Peggy Dean says:
    Dear Liss Family, Brian & I are so sorry for your loss. We were lucky to hang out with Marty and sip some wine with him. What a great guy. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Peggy & Brian Dean