Sympathy CardsSend No Flowers Per Family Request
PO BOX 3757
Wayne, NJ. 07474-3757
New Yorkopen to the public on June 21st 2009 at 3pm:
Holy Trinity Parish
14-51 143rd St.
Whitestone, NY. 11537
Directly following the service, everyone will go to the park by Whitestone bridge (his ma says everyone knows this park) to send some of Mike’s ashes into the East River.
From 5pm on, close friends and family are invited to a Chinese banquet in Mike’s honor at:
Tung Yi Fung Restaurant13529 37th Ave, Flushing, NY 11354 1.718.886.8233
To reserve a place at the banquet, please contact: Linda Martello at firstname.lastname@example.org (Mike’s family and Whitestone friends) OR Cindy Eng at email@example.com or call 1.718.858.9459 (Mike’s kung fu friends and others)
BelgiumCremation on June 9, 2009 (without service)
Wake on June 12, 2009 from 14:00-19:00 Mike’s House Maaldersstraat 27/5 2060 Antwerpen, Belgium Dinner To Follow At 20:00 at “The Best” in The Van Wesenbeekstraat (Chinatown)
Please RSVP Dieter if you are attending the memorial, dinner or both at his email address of firstname.lastname@example.org .
European Memorial Service Saturday, 27 June 2009 – 8am
It will be by the lake where we trained about 15 minutes from his house. I have asked 3 opera singers to sing for Mike. Kris will play the guitar, Tom the digeridoo. Many of his students and training brothers from Belgium and throughout Europe (Germany, UK, Netherlands, France, Norway, etc) will present a farewell demo for Mike which we will do at the grassy area by the lake (we used to call it “Belgian Stonehenge” ). We will begin first by everyone taking a group walk around the lake for Mike, then we will head to Belgian Stonehenge for the memorial and farewell demo. We will endby sending off of some of his ashes into the Schelde river. – Rosa
On June 19, 2009 at 11:30am, there was a moment of silence in memory of Michael Martello at AMAR Taipei’s annual member meeting. The Chinese video clip titled “In Memory of Michael Martello” produced by Huai Hsiang Wang, son of Wang Laoshi, was played to all participants. Free DVD copies are being made available to all AMAR members in memory of Mike.
Michael was about to come to Taipei in August to visit Wang Laoshi again in person, together with a gorup of his students from Belgium. Rosa Mei will come in Mike’s place with Mike’s students.
Wang Laoshi went through a critical tumor removal surgery last November and is about to finish up his chemo-therapy by June 22, 2009. Wang Laoshi has been recovering phenomenally!
“He’s amazing, to come through all of that so swiftly, at his age. What amazing determination, focus, and energy!!”, said Dr. Thomas Argiro, one of Wang Laoshi’s foreign students.
Wang Laoshi still maintain his practice with his group of students each morning. It would be comforting for Mike to see again Wang Laoshi’s practice and continuous health/skill improvement at his 80s still!
(August 29, 2009)
On August 29, 2009 around 11:30 am Taipei Time, there was a memorial in memory of Michael Martello. Michael’s ex wife, Rosa Mei, together with seven of Michael’s students from Belgium; i.e., Vincent, Andy, Dieter, Renard, Margret, Kim and Luc, and Michael’s fellow students at AMAR Taipei got together for the memorial. Master Wang Chieh and Rosa hosted the ceremony and each participants paid their homage to Michael through flower offerings to three of Michael’s personal favorite pictures. “Welcome home and may thee rest in peace!”…..Huai Hsiang Wang
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CONTINUING SIFU MIKE MARTELLO’S LEGACY
As of Sunday, 7 June 2009, Zhang Laoshi, Yu Laoshi and Rene Ming Fai Ho have come from Beijing to pay their respects to Mike. I have decided to keep the school open in honor of Mike and have appointed Zhang Laoshi as master instructor. I will oversee the administrative affairs and make sure the transition runs smooothly. Kim from Norway will be moving to Belgium to help with the classes as well. Kim, I and several senior students will lead classes when Zhang is in Beijing. He will be coming to Belgium on a regular basis from now on. I know Mike would want to continue building traditional Chinese martial arts here in Europe. We resumed classes 10 June 2009 in keeping with Mike’s belief in practice and continuity. I have discussed this transition with the students and they are all very supportive. Before he passed away, Mike had already changed the name of his school to ZHEN WU Martial Arts to honor his teacher Wang Jie Laoshi in Taiwan. We will keep the name of ZHEN WU to respect Mike’s wishes. Future website: http://www.zhenwu.be