This article was originally published in the fall 2012 Harker Quarterly.
Greg Martin, longtime parent at The Harker School (Araby ’11; Delaney, grade 10; Conor, grade 8) and a devoted volunteer at the annual picnic and fashion show, as well as other events, passed away Sept. 5 after a brave battle with cancer. A memorial service Sept. 9 was followed by a reception at the Martin family’s favorite restaurant, Capers.
“Everyone who worked with Greg will remember his sense of humor, zest for life and loving, caring manner,” said Chris Nikoloff, head of school.
Kelly Espinosa, picnic coordinator, worked with Martin for many years on the picnic committee. “Greg was in charge of the setup in the MPR,” said Espinosa. “He took great pride in acquiring beer for the bar that matched our picnic theme each year and puzzling out ways for us to have the most popular football games available to picnic goers. As one of two men on our female-filled committee he took our teasing in stride, kept us laughing, and was a dedicated, creative contributor to our team who will be sorely missed.”
Martin was both a logistics guru and an awesome treasurer for the fashion show, said Sue Prutton, that event’s former organizer. “He made life easy for those who depended on him; he was always committed to excellence and had abundant common sense. More than that he was just fun to be around, and that’s an invaluable commodity.” He will be missed.