Anton St. Cyr Martinez
Anton St Cyr Martinez, 76 years old, passed away peacefully, July 18, 2022 in Pelham, NY. He was born November 13, 1945 in Port-au-Prince Haiti, to Alma and Millia (St Cyr)Martinez. After meeting through mutual friends, Anton married the love of his life,Norma, on July 10, 1971.
At the age of eighteen, Anton moved to Manhattan with his mother Millia and his two brothers Angello and Joseph, where he pursued his architectural degree at New York Institute of Technology. Anton was an accomplished architect, who started his career working with Edward Larabee Barnes and later I.M. Pei, James Stewart Polshek, and Brad Perkins. During his 50+ year career, Anton worked on and oversaw many well-known projects such as the Jacob K. Javits Center, The New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the exterior envelope of the IBM building, and the new wing of the Milstein Heart Center at Columbia Presbyterian. Known for his entrepreneurial spirit and incredible work ethic, Anton was a founding partner of Fellows Martinez and later a partner of the DaSilva Group. An enthusiastic and devoted teacher, Anton held positions at The Pratt Institute, The New School, and The Graduate school of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. Upon “retirement” Anton joyfully worked until his death, designing and redesigning homes all over Westchester County.
In addition to being a gifted architect, Anton was an accomplished, self-taught pianist. He was a founding member of Les Copains, a band he formed in Haiti, as well as the Pelham Jazz Ensemble. He played only by ear and always with heart, stopping to play every piano he passed, and impressing all along the way with his ability to play any tune instantly.
Anton, affectionately known as “The Duke of Detail”, dedicated his free time to restoring his vintage Mercedes and Austin-Healey, which miraculously fit his 6’ 9” frame, coaching the Sound Shore Stars Special Olympics team, and playing the piano for his beloved family and friends.
Predeceased by his eldest son Christopher, Anton is survived by his wife of 51 years, Norma Martinez, Christopher’s wife, Maura Duffy, his children: Andrew Martinez (Ashley Dikos), Erica Martinez, and Nicole Szajnberg-Martinez (Lily), his grandchildren: Brody and Olivia Martinez, Millia and Bennet Martinez, and Charles and Margaux Szajnberg-Martinez, and his eldest brother Angello. Anton is also predeceased by his brother Joseph.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the
Special Olympics team he coached: https://soundshorestars.com/donate
A celebration of Anton’s life will take place at the Pelham Funeral Home located at 64 Lincoln Avenue, Pelham, New York on Sunday, July 24th from 1:00 to 5:00PM. A Funeral Mass will take place at St. Catherine’s Church located at 25 Second Avenue, Pelham New York on Monday July 25th at 10:00 am. For more information or to leave acondolence please visit www.pelhamfuneral.com
To view the livestream of Anton's funeral Mass, please click here https://my.gather.app/remember/anton-martinez
Dear Erica, Norma & Family. We are truly sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Brad & Jen Silverman Jul 25 2022 10:40 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Anton Martinez
Eileen Humphreys Jul 24 2022 2:38 PM
Dear Norma, Nicole and family, please accept our heartfelt sympathies on Anton's all to early passing. We trust that God will give you the strength and love in the coming days. We know he treasured all of you. May he rest in God's everlasting love.
The McMahon family Jul 23 2022 7:35 PM
Of my many memories of Pelham, my fondest is that of Anton sitting for hours at our piano at a neighborhood gathering at our home across Ancon, never missing a beat or dropping a note! My sincerest condolences Norma and all of the Martinez family. Anton's spirit and music will live forever in my mind.
Peter Saltini Jul 23 2022 1:54 PM
Claire Servini Jul 23 2022 10:28 AM
Mr Martinez cherish his daughter Erica and admires his wife Norma I am deeply sorry he enjoys special Olympics ei g a great coach I adore him
Colleen victory Jul 21 2022 5:46 PM
We are so sorry for your loss Norma. Anton was such a loving and giving man, a caring father and doting grandfather. We are sending you all our love.
Alison, Harvey, Kaiden & Kelsey
Alison Roque Jul 21 2022 5:10 PM
What am absolute wonderful man, my deepest condolences to his family. He will be missed but always in our hearts. Thoughts and prayers to his loving family.
maria J cuneo Jul 21 2022 11:33 AM
The architecture world lost one of its true masters this week. Bigger than life, Anton, “The Duke of Detail,” was my mentor. Working at Fellows Martinez throughout the 1990s, I witnessed firsthand his immense capacity for learning and sharing his wisdom and creativity. He could draw and express his ideas like no one I have ever met before or since. He was a gracious leader and a great example to follow. I will forever miss his soft-spoken eloquence, his sometimes-fiery demeanor, his giddy sense of humor and his love of details and design. I remember he was always proud to live in Pelham. Pelham was like his playground, filled with solid older homes of every style and ornament imaginable. He catalogued and interpreted it all into his body of work and he did it with precision to perfection. It’s hard to imagine the world without him. Anton may be greatly missed, but he will never be forgotten.
David Valenta Jul 21 2022 11:32 AM
Norma, i am so sorry for your loss. Anton was a special man! May he stay forever in your heart. My most sincere condolences
Andree Sanders Jul 21 2022 11:21 AM