Gerard Herve Martineau, who was known as Gerry, died June 26 at Atria Woodbriar Park in Falmouth. Mr. Martineau would have celebrated his 83rd birthday the next day.
He was the husband of Barbara (Jensen) Martineau for 58 years. His wife died in April 2019.
A native of Hartford, Connecticut, he was the son of Albertine and Herve Martineau. Aided by his photographic memory, he excelled in many things, including the piano and academics. From an early age he was an avid reader and frequently attended concerts at the Bushnell Auditorium in Hartford.
He was graduated from Hartford Public High School and received the Lewis Fox Scholarship, a local prize for HPHS grads. Pratt & Whitney awarded him a Donald Brown Scholarship, a competitive award given to children of P&W employees. He attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated from Yale University, magna cum laude, with a bachelor of science degree in physics.
Upon graduation, Mr. Martineau was hired by Pratt & Whitney. In 1967, he earned his master’s degree in physics at Brown University.
After spending eight years as an instructor of physics at Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Mr. Martineau accepted a position at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and subsequently worked for the United States Air Force radar site PAVE PAWS Cape Cod. He completed his career back in Rhode Island, at the Naval Underseas Systems Center in Newport, retiring after more than 20 years.
Mr. Martineau was an avid supporter of the arts, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown and Highfield Theatre in Falmouth. He and his wife enjoyed attending classical music concerts and traveling to France and throughout the United States. The couple spent many days sailing around Cape Cod and the islands aboard their Herreshoff sailboat.
He and his wife designed and built their house in North Falmouth. Several years ago they donated two acres to The 300 Committee Land Trust; the Martineau parcel is adjacent to five acres owned by the Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries near North Falmouth Highway.
Mr. Martineau leaves his niece and nephew, Suzanne Marie Patterson and David Martineau; and many cousins and other extended family.
He was predeceased by his brother, Roland Martineau.
Burial will be private.
A celebration of his life will be at a later date.