Martin Newman passed away peacefully on April 18. Marty was 100 years old.
He is survived by daughter Barbara Newman (and husband, Charles Yelen) of Newton, MA; son James Newman (and wife Roberta) of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; grandchildren Ariel Yelen, Dylan Newman, Joanna Yelen, Bailey Newman, and Mason Newman.
For twenty years, they all loved to visit Marty at his wonderful Florida condominium, and Marty always looked forward to them coming.
Marty’s beloved wife, Miriam, with whom he shared so much, died in 1996. His brother Albert, who was Marty’s life-long best friend, died in 2014.
Those who knew Marty, even a little, know it is an understatement to say he enjoyed life, and lived it fully. During WW II he served in the Army and was stationed in the mountains of China and India, signaling with Morse Code in support of allied air efforts. Even at the end of his life he still remembered the Code.
For more than 30 years, Marty bought fine jewelry for Bloomingdales. For that he traveled around the world, buying jewelry for the retail chain, but also acquiring many exquisite “treasures” for himself and valued highly his whole life. He loved every second of his travels – it didn’t hurt that he went first class the whole way. Marty looked forward to dinner as the highlight of every day, whether in Hong Kong, Zurich, Miami, or New York. But if you told him he had go to Legal Sea Foods in Chestnut Hill, Mass. every night he wouldn’t complain. He made countless visits to the restaurant and his order was pretty much the same every time: a vodka martini, clam chowder, and many, many oysters, washed down with a glass – or two – of wine.
Marty admired the new, the young, the trendy, and the beautiful. He did not dwell in darkness - he was always optimistic, positive, encouraging, and why not? To him, his life was proof that one could really grasp happiness.