To The Daily Sun,
As you all may have heard our father, Bill Martel, passed away on Feb. 12. Our family would like to tell of the kindness that the owner of Martel's Bait Shop, Ralph Langevin, extended to us.
When we went to tell Ralph that Dad had passed, the first thing he said was, "Whatever I can do, please let me know." He repeated that statement several times as we walked out of his bait shop with tears in our eyes. We knew that Ralph meant what he said as he said it with such resolve.
As the week went on and funeral preparations were being made, we ran into a glitch. We learned that the church hall was not available to hold a lunch gathering after the service. All of a sudden the most perfect solution came to us. "Why not hold the luncheon at Martel's Bait Shop?" It made sense. Our dad began his journey at Martel's when he was a young teen, and it seemed only fitting that we end with a a celebration of his life there. So we hopped in our cars and caravaned to the boathouse to pose the favor to Ralph. Without hesitation he said, "Absolutely. The place is yours for the weekend."
That was the first of many kindnesses Ralph extended to our family. Ralph cleaned up the shop and rearranged his merchandise displays to accommodate the setup of tables and chairs, as well as the buffet and refreshment line. He mounted signs and bulletin boards of family photos and displayed dad's handcrafted bob sticks and memorial charity donation buckets. He cooked up a batch of delicious pulled pork and ordered a full sheet cake decorated with a picture of the old bait shop.
So our entire family wants to say, "Thank you, Ralph, for going above and beyond. Thank you for your generous gift of allowing us to say goodbye to our dad at your shop. Thank you for being a man who is true to your word."
We would also like to thank Ralph's wife and employees who helped make our dad's send-off a very special memory. Most of all we are grateful to the many people who came out that day to celebrate the amazing man and the extraordinary life of Bill Martel. He truly was a beacon of light to the world. We know that his final words to you would be, "I love you all, a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck."
Bill Martel's three D's
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