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In loving memory of Martyn Paul Cole who sadly passed away on 16th August 2020.
Martyn was already a proficient handyman, viola player and organist when Trisha met him in 1967. He had graduated with a degree in Physics from Queen Mary University the previous year, and was working near Keele where he decided to do an extramural harmony course and was invited to join the university orchestra where Trisha was struggling in the viola section. It wasn't long before Martyn realised that Trisha was the only one for him and they were married in the rain on August 6th 1970. Martyn's second job was in cutting-edge research finding the best materials to make thin-film semiconductors, which went on to make the microchips which make our lives so much easier these days. He moved to British Aerospace in Bristol where Fiona, David and Jonathan were born. Although he had always avoided sports at school he made time for the children during his busy weekends, much taken up with home improvements and being a choir man at St Mary Redcliffe, and was always the one who scored a goal in football or a six in cricket.
Martyn stayed with BAe for the rest of his working life and when he took early retirement at 54 he fulfilled a long-held dream of buying a house in France. The time spent in France was filled with hard physical work on the property and music. It was in France that he gave his first organ recitals and accompanied a choir that Trisha later came to conduct. This collaboration was intensely satisfying for both and this period with the "Chœur des Hauts Cantons", musically and socially, was amazing. Sadly during this same period Martyn was diagnosed both with spinal stenosis for which he had 5 operations and a lot of metal inserted in his back, and Parkinson's Disease.
He returned to his home county of Suffolk directly from the university hospital of Nîmes at the end of 2013. He was very unwell at the time but after discovering hyperbaric oxygen therapy had a miraculous recovery which enabled him to live a relatively fulfilling life, close to family, going to the cinema and concerts, a musical in London, international athletics at the Olympic Stadium, 2 Proms at the Albert Hall last year and no less than 7 cruises, the highlight being a musical Baltic cruise to St Petersburg.
Festivities for his important events have been legendary, especially his 60th birthday in France, and Ruby wedding celebrations both in France and England. He died suddenly but not unexpectedly 10 days after a rather lower key Golden Wedding celebration.