At a similar time Martins’ interest in cooking began, with him regularly cooking a full Sunday roast for the family. This love of food and cooking continued, through joining the Chinese society at University for the subsidised banquets, to baking anything from croissants, pork pies, Christmas dinners, crepes, Madeleines, tarte au citron and Canelés de Bordeaux, to the infamous cup cakes which were a regular feature of Lions District Cabinets.
As well as cooking, Martin was very interested in music, which ranged across pretty much all musical styles. This has resulted in the years in nearly 7,000 tracks on his iTunes account.
Professionally he joined Bray & Bray Solicitors in January 1983, qualifying as a solicitor on March 1st 1985; he became a partner in 1987. He later dual qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor.
As some point in the late 80’s Martin joined Oadby Hillwalking club, where he met Sarah. They were married in September 1993.
As part a work move to Market Harborough Martin joined Market Harborough Round Table and thoroughly enjoyed it. He also became a member and at one time President of the Chamber of Trade. This also seemed to mean running the towns’ Late Night Shopping event – something which he carried on with for the next twenty years.
After getting too old for Round Table, he found he missed the service and fundraising, so he joined Rotary for a while. That didn’t fit right, so he became a Lion. He served as President of the Branch club that became Harborough TWENTY 12, Zone and Region Chairs, Health Chair and recently was District Centennial officer. He also served on National Long Range planning on behalf of 105M.
In 2012 he was asked if he fancied applying to take on the role of Under Sheriff of Leicestershire; who is the run around man for the High Sheriff. He enjoyed the job, helping continue the oldest secular office that the United Kingdom that dates from Saxon times.
Never one to shy away from new experiences at the ripe old age of 49 Martin got his first tattoo. It took him two years to tell his parents! After this there was no stopping him, he then had a large octopus tattooed onto this right shoulder and upper arm. A real work of art that took the best part of four days to complete.
Martin has always been interested in cars, cutting his teeth mechanically on a Morris Minor at University. When Sarah moved in with him, he was part way through building a Gentry kit car, which was a copy of a MG TF. They finished it together. The cars he has owned varied from a mini Metro, through various Range Rovers, a Reliant Scimitar, a lightweight Landrover, two Bentleys, a Rolls Royce, an Alvis TE21, an on road buggy, a “Little Grey Fergie” tractor to the Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
He and Sarah also spent a fair amount of time sailing, whether on the Norfolk Broads, in Greece or on the East Coast. Some of his happiest times involved messing about in boats.
Martin was for a while a beater on a local shoot, so after some discussion, a puppy arrived. Dog training ensured, which culminated in Martin and Poppy (the dog) appearing in the main ring at Crufts as part of a large Kennel Club display. Another year at Crufts saw Martin dressed up as K9, the Kennel Club mascot, taking part in a display on how children and dogs could get on together safely.
He was just getting into the role on Second Vice DG when he was diagnosed with a rare form of bowel cancer, in late May this year. This particular cancer was very aggressive and chemotherapy was unable to help. Martin died on the 25th of September.
His was a life well lived, full of service and fellowship, which was reflected in the Celebration of Life held after his death – nearly 450 people came and really enjoyed it!