In Memory of Eduardo J. Martinez - Imagine NJ

In Memory of Eduardo Martinez

Eduardo Martinez

MartinezEduardo (Ed), beloved husband and father, passed away on April 3, 2017, at the age of 64. A native of Cuba, he came to the U.S. at the age of 10. He faced tough challenges while learning to live in the rough streets of New York City and Jersey City. In his younger years he confronted obstacles head on and was determined to fulfill the American dream by working hard. He developed a passion for engineeering and strove to pursue a career in that field. Being self taught for the most part, he always welcomed the challenge of engineering feats. He instilled in his children the belief that they, too, should never give up on their dreams, and he was proud of all their accomplishments. 

Ed had an incredible engineering career at a large New York based engineering firm, where he worked for 30 years, achieving the position of Executive Vice President. He was always grateful for the opportunities offered to him there. More recently he was excited about his new venture with WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff. Throughout his career, he led teams in engineering some of the most iconic buildings around the world. Among these were the Torre Mayor in Mexico City, the Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort in UAE, Reforma in Mexico City, Brickell City Center and the Dade County Administration Building in Miami, Four Times Square and Time Warner Center in New York City and his most notable one, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. He was fortunate to have visited the museum 14 days prior to his passing.

In his personal life he was passionate about photography. There was not a vacation or place we would go to where he was not fanatically taking photographs, especially of nature. In quiet moments, he enjoyed reading books on philosophy, but he also had a love of music and livened up parties with his interest in Latin dance.  He was always joyful, always joking and smiling. He had a big heart and taught his children the importance of performing small acts of kindness, regardless of any personal sacrifice it might require. He will live in our hearts forever. Please remember Ed with joy and laughter in your hearts.

Ed is survived by his wife Gina, his children Erik, Damien, Jacklyn, Elizabeth, Christopher, Eddie and Cami, his mother Isabel and his sisters Dalia and Lupe. 



The family has set up this tribute page to honor Ed. You can make a donation here in his memory.

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