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HANNITY HELPS: Remembering Private First Class Edward L. Martineau, Jr.

posted by Hannity Staff - 8.25.22

We’d like to take a moment to remember Edward L. Martineau Jr., a veteran who entered into eternal rest on August 20, 2022.

Edward is predeceased by his parents Edward and Alicia Martineau, wife Ronnah Martineau (2022), brother Michael Martineau (1967); sister Alicia Geczi (2005); son Brian Martineau (2001), daughter Tara Martineau Schulz (2008), and daughter Cathleen Martineau (2021). Surviving is his brother Joseph Martineau and sister Ruth Henkel (Joe). He is also survived by his daughter-in-law Bettyann Martineau and beloved grandchildren Michael, Chelsea, Kyle (Evelyn), Justin (Amber) and Scott; and great-grandchildren Aubrey, Bentley, Grayson and Sophia.

Edward served in the Army and graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in Business Administration. He was a retired Stockbroker for Janney Montgomery and Scott.

Edward enjoyed watching and attending Yankees games, Rutgers football and driving across country with his soulmate/wife to visit with family. He would often be found at a family picnic sitting quietly, enjoying a casual cigar or playing a round of horseshoes. He was a kind, humble, sincere and genuine man and his devotion to his wife and family was unwavering. He was a great Father, Poppy and Great Grandfather. He will be remembered for his quick wit, kind heart, morals and loud sneezes. He was a saint in a sweater.

Edward had this poem written down in his wallet and it captures how he felt about soldiering on despite adversity and encouraging you to be the best that you are:

“If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill, be a scrub in the valley but be the best little scrub by the side of the rill; Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.
We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew, There’s something for all of us here.
There’s big work to do and there’s lesser to do. And the task we must do is the near.
If you can’t be a highway, then just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star;
It isn’t in size that you win or you fail – Be the Best of Whatever You Are.”

Visitation: Thursday, August 25, 2022, from 5 pm-7 pm
Costello-Runyon Funeral Home
568 Middlesex Ave. (Rt.27)
Metuchen, NJ 08840.
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Funeral: Friday, August 26, 2022, at 9:45 am at the funeral home (directions above)
followed by a 10:30 am Funeral Liturgy (directions below)
St Helena RC Church
Edison, NJ 08820.
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In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation:
Wounded Warrior Project >
Running4Answers.org >

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