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Richard L. Martinez
August 13, 1945 ~ January 11, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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New Paltz Rural Cemetery 81 Plains Road, New Paltz www.newpaltzcemetery.org
Richard L. Martinez, a cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2024, in Catskill, NY. Born in Kearney, NJ, on August 13, 1945, Richard lived a life marked by service, love, and a passion for the outdoors. He was 78 years old.
Richard, known affectionately to friends and family as Richard, was a man of great character and resilience. His early years in Kearney laid the foundation for a life of dedication and hard work. After bravely serving his country in the Vietnam War, Richard was honorably discharged from the US Army and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, a testament to his courage and sacrifice. He continued his commitment to service at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, where he was involved in maintenance and public safety, ensuring the well-being of those around him.
Richard's heart was always fullest when surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his devoted wife, Lily Niksa Martinez, his daughter, Shanna C. Martinez, and his bonus children, Dana and Thomas Vitanza. His legacy of love and strength will live on through his half-siblings, Frank and Linda Calo, and his adored great-grandchildren, Miranda and Josephine. Richard's family was the cornerstone of his life, and his role as a husband, father, and grandfather was one he cherished deeply.
An area resident for the past nine years, Richard had formerly resided in the beautiful Adirondacks of New York. His love for nature was evident in his enjoyment of hiking and camping, activities that allowed him to immerse himself in the tranquility of the outdoors. Richard's adventurous spirit also found joy in his travels throughout the USA, where he experienced the diverse beauty of the country he once served.
Richard's interests extended to the world of sports and recreation. He was an avid New York Yankees fan, following the team with enthusiasm and loyalty. His competitive spirit was also showcased in his younger years through a little amateur boxing, where he demonstrated both skill and sportsmanship.
Described by those who knew him as handy and selfless, Richard was the person you could always count on to lend a helping hand. His ability to fix and build was matched only by his desire to serve others. Richard's selflessness extended beyond his family and friends, touching the lives of all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
As we bid farewell to Richard L. Martinez, we celebrate a life lived with honor, love, and a deep appreciation for the simple joys of life. His memory will continue to inspire and guide us, and his spirit will forever be a beacon of selflessness and strength for his family and the many lives he touched.
Richard's journey through life was one of purpose and impact, leaving a lasting imprint on the hearts of all who knew him. His story is one of a true hero, a loving family man, and a friend to many. He will be dearly missed, but the legacy of Richard L. Martinez will endure, a testament to a life well-lived.