The obituary for Bernard Martin, the bus driver for the Virginia Baseball team in Miami who passed unexpectedly last week, has been published.
You can read the entire obituary here, or it's been reproduced in full below. There is also a lovely slideshow alongside the obituary.
Our world became dimmer with the unexpected passing of our husband, father and papa, Bernard Duncan Martin. Bernard was born on August 20, 1943 to Harry Homer Martin and Evelyn Duncan Martin. He left us on April 21, 2016 doing what he loved, driving a charter bus with a UVA team onboard. We thank God no one was injured in the crash and our heartfelt thanks for the heroic efforts made by those who were with him.
Bernard was fortunate to have a career doing what he enjoyed, driving. He was employed with Smith's Transfer, then Mrs. Giles Country Kitchen and when he retired he began his employment with Abbott Trailways. With Abbott, he drove charter trips all over the United States, but his true passion was the sports teams he drove for and the friendships he made, especially the UVA Baseball team, the UVA Women's Field Hockey, Soccer and Lacrosse teams and Radford Basketball team.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Homer Duval Martin. He leaves behind what he valued the most, his family. His wife and best friend, Katherine "Kitty B" Martin whom he was married to for 53 years; the daughters he adored, Beth Martin and Melissa Cash and her husband Roger; his pride and joy, his grandson, Justin Cash and wife Erin; also his sisters-in-law, Rebecca Proehl and Rebecca Martin. Bernard's family was his life and he was their anchor. The void he leaves can never be filled.
A service celebrating Bernard's life will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Whitten Timberlake Chapel led by the Rev. Will Montgomery, pastor of Heritage United Methodist Church where Bernard was a member. Interment will follow in Fort Hill Memorial Park.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Whitten Timberlake Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the UVA Athletics Foundation or the UVA Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 400331, Charlottesville, VA 22904.