Services: A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 11 AM at The First Congregational Church on the Green in Norwalk. Donations: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Paul’s name to The ALS Association Connecticut Chapter, 4 Oxford Road, Unit D4, Milford, CT 06460.

Paul Hamilton Martinez


October 2, 1943 - August 30, 2013

Paul Hamilton Martinez, age 69, beloved husband of Barbara Latham Ereshena, passed away on August 30, 2013, after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).  Born in Boston, MA, on October 2, 1943, he was the son of the late Eugene Martinez and Barbara Croxford Martinez.

Paul grew up in Winthrop, MA. He was a 1966 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (King’s Point) with a B.S. in Marine Engineering.   Upon graduation he worked for the Army Core of Engineers.  Later he was employed for twelve years by Nestle’ Foods Corporation as Group Manager Construction Services & Administrative Engineering.  During this time he also attended Pace University School of Law at night, earning his Juris Doctorate in 1983.  For the past eleven years Paul was the In House Counsel for Turner Construction Company in New York, NY. One of his proudest accomplishments at Turner was negotiating the contract for the new Yankee Stadium.

Paul was a long-time usher at the First Congregational Church on the Green in Norwalk.   One of his passions was sailing on tall ships.  In 2005, he was a crew member on the Bark Europa for a three-week trip to Antarctica.  An avid New York Islanders and Bridgeport SoundTigers hockey fan, he instilled his love of hockey in his four grandchildren.  He was instrumental in getting all of them on the ice at an early age and he was happiest when he was watching them skate.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his children Jon Hamilton Martinez and his fiancée Christine Crane of Mountain View, CA, Michael Ereshena and his wife Nancy of Bridgeport, CT,  Jennifer Lobasz and her husband Michael of Wallingford, CT; his grandchildren Elizabeth and Michael Ereshena and Jacek and Camden Lobasz; his brothers Robert Martinez (Shelly) of Danvers, MA, Steven Martinez (Phyllis) of Stony Brook, NY, Barry Martinez of Boston, MA, his sister-in-law Mary Martinez of North Amherst, MA; his aunt Mary Kleindienst of Honeoye, NY, as well as several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 11 AM at The First Congregational Church on the Green in Norwalk.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Paul’s name to The ALS Association Connecticut Chapter, 4 Oxford Road, Unit D4, Milford, CT 06460.

  1. My condolences goes out to the family of Paul Martinez, gone to soon. My thoughts and prayer goes out to the family during this difficult time.

    September 4, 2013
    Rita and Bryana Johnson -
  • Barbara and your family,
    My thoughts are certainly with you all as they have been for so many months. Paul was taken much too soon and I hope in time that the wonderful memories will surface and sustain you.

    Love, Sue

    September 5, 2013
    Sue Pivnick -
  • To the family of Paul,
    I am so sad that Paul has passed away. I worked with him for over 5 years at Turner before I left about a year ago to raise my kids. He was such a kind person and he always spoke lovingly about his grandchildren. He told me many stories about them, how he enjoyed watching them play hockey and figure skate. I miss working with him.
    I’m sorry for your loss, and my thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. May Paul rest in eternal peace.

    Sincerely, Jessica

    September 6, 2013
    Jessica Hernandez -
  • Paul was a true fighter. Exceptional in every way. So sorry for your loss.

    September 7, 2013
    Barbara & George Cofield -
  • I was privileged to get to know Paul at First Congregational Church in Norwalk. He will be sorely missed and I send my love to Barbara and his family. Holding you in my prayers —

    Lynn Szwaja

    September 27, 2013
    Lynn Szwaja -
  • Dear Barbara and Family,

    Thinking of you and remembering Paul lots in the past weeks, but especially today as you prepare to celebrate his life. Sending big virtual hugs to all and hoping you find comfort in sweet memories of family times together.

    Love,
    Cathy and Jan-Michael
    Cary, NC

    September 28, 2013
    Catherine Poff -
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