Goodbye, Farewell – Smile for Me …

12 Dec

With breaking, aching hearts we have to inform you of the death of our most beloved Martin today at 1.30 – he passed away peacefully at home, embraced by his family whom he adored, and who adore him entirely.  The funeral will take place tomorrow, Thursday 13th December, at 12.30 in the Pardess Haim Cemetery in Kfar Saba.

 In true and typical Martin fashion, some weeks before he died, he wrote what he called “The Last Blog.”  Here it is – below:


Goodbye, Farewell – Smile for Me …

I won’t know when this blog will be posted.

Pam will have taken that decision for me.

We lost our fight with pancreatic cancer.

We had some successes for which I’d like to thank each and every one of you.

It never broke my spirit.

Smile for me.

Shalom, shalom. 

25 Responses to “Goodbye, Farewell – Smile for Me …”

  1. Jenny ehrlich December 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    My heartfelt sympathies on the passing of your beloved MArtin , partner, father , brother and cherished friend by so many. He was an inspiration in his fight and his zest for life. Throughout his pain also for his Expression of constant gratitude for the extraordinary love and support he received from u all . How very privileged he felt being hugged by u all.Every listing in his blog is testimony Thinking of you. Love Jenny Ehrlich.

    • Beryl Meyer December 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

      Beryl and all her family mourn with you deeply
      Much love

  2. Chanoch Biran December 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    So sorry to hear, what a Nobel and Brave person Martin was! Very difficult to use “was”
    when it comes to Martin.
    May he rest in peace.

  3. mike attinson December 12, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    it has been a great privledge to lnow such a courageous optimistic person who was lucky to enjoy the love of a warm and caring family. Pam my deepest condolences

  4. Angie December 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    Hearbreaking news. We wish you and the girls Long Life Pam darling and the courage and strength to get through this unbearably difficult time.

    All ou thoughts will be with you tomorrow.

    All our love.
    Angie, Albert, Aron and Natalia

  5. Libby December 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    I am so so sorry to hear this.
    A big hug from Austria.

  6. Rossi December 12, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    With aching hearts we will smile for you

  7. Nima Dan December 12, 2012 at 4:56 pm #


    I am hereby fulfilling Martin’s heroic last request – I am smiling for him. He gave a good fight, and fighting made his spirit soar, so it seems.

    Hugs, Nima

  8. seth and judy December 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    Pam, Sidelle, Tal and Joe – such a sadness has filled our hearts with the news of the passing of our dearest of friends. We will always remember the good times we had together and of his corageous battle with cancer. Never complaining, always optimistic – Moshe will be remembered foerever for his softspoken and gentle manner, which hid his true person – a true hero of the people of Israel
    יהי זכרו ברוך

  9. Helena and Steve Kraus December 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Dear Pam and girls, we were so very sad to read your e-mail about Martin’s passing. He was extraordinarily brave and courageous and we will treasure the memories we have of him and the fun times we spent with you all. Our thoughts are with you. With fondest love, Helena, Steve and girls

  10. Linda Barron December 12, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    I feel quite hollow, as if the life-affirming touchstone that inspired me this past year has been shattered. I am so sad to write of my deepest sympathy, but glad of the opportunity to celebrate the fighting
    spirit that permeated your entire family and be reminded of a life lived with passion, commitment and attitude!
    Loving thoughts to you all,
    Linda Barron

  11. Daniella Finn December 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    Pami, Sidelle, Tal and Joey, so sad for you and for all of us today, it was really a privelledge to know Martin, you were so lucky to have him as a husband/father; this last blog is testimony to his optimism and wonderful spirit even in such unbearable difficult times; I love you all so much, sending you a big hug and trying to smile for Martin…. Dani

  12. Tzippi December 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    ein milim…just tears….

  13. Angie December 13, 2012 at 5:56 am #

    You never let us down and now, even though you”re not here, you leave us your words.The miracle of Chanukah is that you ever existed at all and through my tears I am smiling and I know that you are reading this and smiling too.

  14. Alexa Raine nee Bloch December 13, 2012 at 6:30 am #

    So so sad for your loss … Martin was so optimistic, so full of living for the moment, love for his family and friends. His heart was so big and embraced everyone through this blog. May his memory be for a blessing.

  15. Noa Kadman December 13, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    What a beautiful last blog. I am smiling for him. May his soul rest in peace.

  16. Tracy Cohen December 13, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    I can’t believe this man. What a spirit.

  17. Karl Yorke December 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    Pam hi,
    I will smile when I think of Martin for I am the better for having known him and if i thought I had known him for over thirty years the last two years showed me a strength and a determination I hadn’t appreciated for all that we had shared.
    To all of you my fondest

  18. Debbie fishel December 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    So very sad not to be by your side today. Philip and I remember Martin’s incredible zest for life and his gracious manner in all things. We try to smile today just as he requested. – Martin, Pam, Sidelle, Nadia and Tal we send bundles of love to you all.
    Debbie and Philip. Xxxxxxx

  19. Barry Meyer December 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Pam, we wish you and the family long life – may Martins enduring spirit and zest for life be of blessed memory always, what an amazing final blog to read, much love Barry & Jodi

  20. Mark Schwartz December 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    Dear Pam and girls:
    Saint Martin is in the Fields!
    So sad to hear your news of the passing of such a good man who fought so bravely with all of you at his side. We wish you all Long Life.
    With love from Mark and Briana Schwartz and family in New York

  21. Judy Katz December 13, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    Dear Pam. Although we haven’t seen each other much these past few years, I have such fond recollections of Martin and you, always smiling and always kind. We will smile for Martin, that’s how you keep the memories close forever. Wishing you all ‘a long life’ as we said in South Africa. With love, Judy (Poliva) & Chuck Katz

  22. Elaine Benton December 14, 2012 at 5:25 am #

    Dear Pam,
    We send you our heartfelt condolences on your loss.
    Wishing you and your family “Long Life”.
    With love, Elaine & Brian

  23. Jackie December 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Dear Pam – wishing you and your family long life.

    with love
    Jackie and Mark Benson

  24. Edward Epstein December 18, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    We have only just heard of the very sad passing of your dear Martin. We know from the times that we were able to see him during his illness just how remarkably stoic he always was. He really was one of life’s gentlemen. May the wonderful memories you have of your wonderful life together sustain during this difficult and dark time. Thinking of you all and sending much love. Joanne and Ed Epstein (Manchester)

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