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Martin E. Porter

Martin E. Porter

- January 20, 2018

Martin Edward Porter, a long-time resident of Fernandina Beach, Florida, passed away quietly on Saturday morning, January 20, 2018, at the age of 83.

He was born  in Dundee, FL to the late John D. and Edna M. (Halstead) Porter.

Martin was an avid Gator’s fan who had enjoyed playing golf, hunting, fishing, and other sports. After graduating from Fernandina Beach High School, Martin joined the United States Air Force where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was crew chief on B-47 bombers.  Following honorable discharge, Martin returned to Fernandina Beach and retired after 34 years as a printing press operator for Container Corp.

Martin is survived by his brother, Bruce Porter (Renee) and nephews, Jack Wiggins, Martin Wiggins (Julianne), Bruce A. Porter (Leslie) and grand-nephew, Chris Wiggins.

Funeral services will be held in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard  on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

The family will receive friends at Oxley-Heard on Tuesday, January 23, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.  Interment will be at Bosque Bello Cemetery, Fernandina Beach, FL.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Cats’ Angels, SPCA, P O. Box 16072, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035.

10 Condolences

  • Buck and Kathy Bland Posted January 20, 2018 8:24 pm

    So sorry to hear of Martin’s passing. He was a good guy who we loved and always enjoyed being around. Another of the old Fernandina folks that made it such a wonderful place to live gone. Everyone will remember his friendly face.

  • Ben Shave Posted January 21, 2018 2:54 pm

    Martin Porter was a friend of mine, someone I’ve known since I was a teenager. A kinder soul
    I’ve never met. Always a smile.always a joy to be around. I will miss him and all of his wonderful
    Stories. Rest In Peace my friend.

  • anonyomous Posted January 22, 2018 10:13 am

    Of all the places in the world to meet someone, I finally met Martin at the famous Oasis located in Waldo Florida after a Gator game. You see, the Gators had lost this game so myself and a few of my friends had stopped by on our way home after the game and Martin and a friend of his, that had worked at Container with him, were there, drowning their sorrows after the Gators had lost that day. You see, I said that I had finally met Martin…. My dad had also worked with Martin and this other friend in the box plant and for years as I was growing up, I heard stories about these men, so I really felt that I already knew them! When I told him that I already knew him, he surely was surprised, what a small world we live in! After that, whenever I saw Martin, he always had a smile on his face and a big ‘old hug for me. I’ll remember him always as a funny guy that everyone always loved. Rest in peace my friend, you’ll be missed.

  • Beth (Braddock) Boles Posted January 22, 2018 4:52 pm

    Bruce and Renee – my deepest condolences to you. Martin was one of my favorites. He always had a big smile and a bear hug for me and I can still remember his hearty laugh. Many of my childhood and young adult memories include Martin, as he was a frequent companion of Daddy’s (and the whole dock party crew!) for a very long time. Nearly 28 years ago, we honored Martin by giving Daniel the middle name Porter and that brought Martin such pleasure. He was dearly loved and will always hold a special place in our hearts.

  • Jack Campbell Posted January 22, 2018 8:19 pm

    I’ve have known Martin most of my life. Went to and met him at a ton of Gator games. I even had the great privilege of driving Martin, Cary and Cliff to the 1994 UF-Auburn game. Our beloved Gators lost, but what a time! He was a gentle soul, super guy and a GREAT GATOR! Fernandina Beach, lost another legendary man. I’m sure “Big” Ray and Martin are back together in heaven. God Bless you Martin!

  • Kelly Weeks Leeper Posted January 22, 2018 9:45 pm

    Loved this sweet funny man. He will be greatly missed.

  • Gayle Smith Hughes Posted January 22, 2018 11:20 pm

    Martin is a part of Fenandina to me as much as the Old Keystone Hotel or the fort road.
    I knew him for over 60 years and never saw him when I didn’t get a smile and a hug.
    He was such a good dancer and he had a caring heart and infectious laugh. My husband and I
    will miss him so much . May he rest in peace. God’s Blessings on Bruce and the family..

  • Tammy Lynch Posted January 23, 2018 12:49 pm

    I am so saddened by Mr. Porters passing. I walked into his room Monday morning to give him his Florida Times Union and was shocked to learn of his death. He will be greatly missed. Rest Easy Martin. Go Gators!

  • Carolyn Oxley and Don Grafton Posted January 24, 2018 6:57 am

    Martin was a special part, of our llives and will be remembered forever, as a fun, caring and lovable friend. Fernandina Beach and all his Gator friends will miss him. Blessings and Prayers to Bruce and Renee.

  • Chris Bryan Posted January 24, 2018 8:57 am

    Such a special man with a big heart. Enjoyed many games with him and they are fond memories. He will be missed but he has many friends who have many beautiful memories of special times. Love you Martin.

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