Richard P. Martineau
Richard P. Martineau
  • May 26, 1937 - February 2, 2017
  • Keene, New Hampshire

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The last of many infamous jokes and stories were told in Keene, NH on Thursday, February 2, 2017, when Richard Phillippe "Dick" Martineau 79, passed away from complications of multiple myeloma, surrounded in love by his family.

Richard was born on May 26, 1937, in Keene, NH, to Edward A. and Christine E. (Blood) Martineau.

From an early age, Dick stood out as a uniquely, brilliant, hilarious, and witty person with many hidden talents that continued to surface throughout his life.

A 1955 graduate of Keene High School, Dick set and held the Keene High School high jump record for 43 years. He also played on the varsity basketball team, as a freshman, an accomplishment that was rarely seen in those days.

Dick, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, loved music. Though he was unable to read music, he had the ability to play each song by ear, a talent that led him to "The Diplomats" band, where they played at many venues in the upper valley region.

A hobbyist of many things, Dick enjoyed ice fishing, lake fishing, sea fishing, restoring his boat the "Sea Pig," cooking, snowmobiling, camping, and rooting for the Patriots; as well as decades of Friday-night poker fights played with beloved friends, brothers, cousins, and son. He was a profane polyglot who could curse in multiple languages and was forever grateful for the great Charlie Mopps.

Dick was a jack-of-all-trades, from building his own airboat to fixing automobiles, to building houses, and everything in between. This unique quality assisted him in a successful career of 28 years as a service technician at Kingsbury Corporation in Keene. In addition, he earned his real estate broker's license. Dick's creativity enabled him to hold a patent for inventing a furnace filter sensor and developed several other inventions.

He will especially be remembered by many for his mercurial, fun-loving personality, jokes, and his passion for living life to its fullest. He was a hard worker with strong values, and a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. More than anything, he loved his family.

His spirit will be carried on by his wife of 60 years, Roberta A. (Davis) Martineau of Keene; his children, Nicole T. Conroy and her husband, Frank, of Surry, NH, Ramona R. Johnson of Jaffrey, NH, André M. Martineau and his wife, Lori, of Somersworth, NH; four grandchildren, Narra Martineau, Paige Conroy, Brynn Conroy, Amelia Johnson; sisters-in-law, Millicent Martineau, Pauline Martineau, Brenda Bergeron, Karen Bradbury and her husband, Kit; brother-in-law, Gordon Davis; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers: Arnold E. Martineau, Robert A. Martineau, Ralph G. Martineau; two sisters-in-law, Joanne Martineau and Marjorie Racine; and a son-in-law, Mark Johnson.

The Man, the Myth, the Legend, Big Dick Martineau. Rest in Peace.

A funeral service and celebration of Dick's life will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 2:00 PM in the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene. Burial will be in the spring in the Mt. View Cemetery, Troy. Family and friends are invited to call on Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Foley Funeral Home.

For those who wish, donations may be made in Mr. Martineau's memory to the Tribute Program of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38105, or to the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD), D-H/Geisel Office Development, One Medial Center Drive, HB 7070, Lebanon, NH 03756-0001.