Patricia Martin

May 17, 1962 - October 7, 2023
Patricia  Martin

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Patricia Martin, age 61, of Kure Beach, NC died unexpectedly and far too young on October 7, 2023.

Pat was born in Bridgeport, CT, to Mary Etta (Gleckler) Martin and Charles Patrick Martin. She attended St. Joseph HS in Trumbull, CT, and graduated from Bryant College in Smithfield, RI, where she met lifelong friends and enjoyed college life to its fullest. For 33 years, including overlapping periods with her father, brother, and niece, Pat had a successful and rewarding Finance career at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, CT. She and her Dad both liked to share the story of traveling together on a business trip and helping to bring back a multi-million-dollar contract. During these years at Sikorsky, she was known as a mentor, a coach, a role model, a friend, and a competitive athlete in co-ed leagues. Her professional success provided her with the ability to achieve her lifelong goal of an early retirement on a North Carolina beach where she was the happiest.
Pat’s warm personality, welcoming nature, and her passion for cooking for others (no one made a better shrimp scampi) always made her home a place of happiness, laughter, and love. Holiday dinners, backyard cookouts, family reunions and the bomb shelter in her basement were all experiences that we survived and will always cherish. Whether it be taking nieces and nephews on camping trips, siblings to Alaska, sharing Martha’s Vineyard vacations, trips to NYC, or visiting friends and family across the country, Pat’s selfless, generous heart always shined through. But she wasn’t always this way — when growing up with her 6 siblings she was known as a quiet instigator of trouble successfully avoiding her parents’ wrath while deflecting the punishment to one of the others that were not so quiet. Pat had a passion of outdoor activities throughout her life – some of them fleeting – whether it be her scooter (she called it a motorcycle), cross country skiing, mountain biking, white water rafting, kayaking, softball, pickleball, UCONN basketball (where she often traveled with Norm and Genny to the Final Fours), traveling, watching sunsets, or most of all, walking her dog, Keysha, on the beach.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents and her special, black Labrador, BD. She is survived by all of us: her sister, Cathy Prespentt and husband, Vincent, of Farmington, NM; her brother, Chuck Martin and wife, Julie, of East Lyme, CT; her sister Maureen Martin-Riggsbee of Kure Beach, her brother, Tim Martin and his wife, Maria, of Plano, TX; her sister, Theresa O’Callaghan and her husband, Pete, of South Glastonbury, CT; her brother, Michael Martin and his wife, Sharon, of Seymour, CT; her good friends, Genny and Norm Stine of Seymour CT; 16 nieces and nephews, her grandniece, her Uncle Calvin, and many cousins that she always looked forward to visiting, laughing and sharing family stories.
Pat never met a stranger. She was loved and will be missed by many every day.

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  • October 17, 2023
    Cathy Joostema lit a candle:
    Lit since October 17, 2023 at 10:49:26 PM

  • October 17, 2023
    Cathy Joostema says:
    Pat will always be remembered for her genuine love and compassion. I will never forget her generous contributions to "Cole's basket", and our AMAZING time at the Rolling Stones concert. I know she was met at heaven's gate by her mom and dad... such a joyful reunion, no doubt. I am sending love and strength to each of the siblings as they begin this journey of grief.

  • October 16, 2023
    Eileen Hajnal lit a candle:
    Lit since October 16, 2023 at 10:25:50 AM

  • October 16, 2023
    Eileen Hajnal says:
    I worked for Pat for several years and she was a great boss and mentor. We became good friends and looked forward to getting together to go for lunch with Clem and Barb or out for dinner with the girls. She was generous and funny and she has left an imprint on my heart. Sending prayers to the whole Martin family. May the memories you have always bring a smile to your face.

  • October 15, 2023
    Suzanne Copp says:
    Sending heartfelt condolences and prayers to Pat’s family, from one of her classmates at St. Joe’s. May she rest in peace.