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Angela Martin was an authentic and
unapologetic human being who had
an unwavering sense of loyalty and
love for her friends and family.
She possessed her own unique sense
of style and creativity, fought against
injustice and cruelty and was nurturing
and protective of those closest and
dearest to her.
Those were the sentiments expressed
by speakers at the funeral service of
Express Woman Magazine editor,
Angela Valerie Martin.
Martin, 60, passed away on August
9 from complications associated with
diabetes at her family home in Morvant,
the same house where she was born.
Celebrating her life and career
accomplishments during a three-hour
service at the Daybreak Assembly Pen-
tecostal Church, Poinsettia Drive, Mor-
vant, yesterday, several of her closest
friends, including Express editor-in-
chief Omatie Lyder, reflected on her
contributions to the field of journalism
and the special brand of love, passion
and enthusiasm she exuded.
Criminologist Renee Cummings, who
was described as one of Martin s
"besties", summed up Martin when she
"No one else looked like her, spoke
like her, laughed like her, wrote like her.
She had an extraordinary sense of self
and style, creative and unapologetic,
as she lived her truth. She was confident
and comfortable in every inch of her
Tearing up as she delivered the first
of the two eulogies listed on the pro-
gramme, Cummings had the congre-
gation laughing and crying at times as
she spoke of Martin s love for "big things", such as
handbags, jewelery and hairstyles, and her appreciation
of diverse textures and rich tones when it came to
Cummings said Martin s positive energy was always
transferred to others via her effervescent personal-
ity.Reflecting on her ability to call the nation s attention
to struggling and ambitious people trying to make
it in today s world through the pages of Express
Woman, Cummings said dignity, love, respect, loyalty
and kindness were character traits that Martin shared
with the world.
"When you get... give," Cummings said, reinforcing
Martin s philosophy of love for humanity and devotion
to the job.
Also paying respect was Public Administration and
Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie, a former
journalist, who once worked alongside Martin.
Cuffie, along with his wife, retired permanent sec-
retary Hermia Tyson-Cuffie; former chief executive
officer of Government Information Services (GISL)
Andy Johnson; former Laventille East/Morvant MP
Donna Cox; former permanent secretary Roslyn Khan
Cummings; former Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliam
and mas leaders Ian Mc Kenzie and Nina Jeremiah
were among those who attended the funeral. Several
employees from the Trinidad Express and T&T
Trinidad Guardian also turned up to pay their respects.
A voice for women
Lyder recalled meeting "mother hen" Martin in
1982 on the eve of her wedding, after Martin helped
in having Lyder s wedding dress sewn by her (Martin s)
best friend Cheryl.
She had a passion for happily-ever-after stories,
Lyder said, holding back tears as she delivered the
Lyder recalled Martin s early entrance at the Express
in 1980 when she was hired by the late Keith Smith,
former Express editor, to head the Action Line column.
She was promoted to the post of Special Publications
editor in 1990.
She said Martin left the media fraternity after her
marriage and moved to the US. Lyder joked that upon
her return to T&T she went to work at the Trinidad
"But like most reporters who have left the Express,
she returned to the paper in 1999," Lyder said.
Having accepted the post of editorship of Express
Woman until her passing last week, Lyder said:
"She wasn t perfect and never pretended to be.
She took constructive criticism in stride, never rude
or disrespectful, always open to another view and
ideas from others. She, however, also stood her ground
confidently for the things she believed in.
"There was room for women and men of all walks
in the magazine, from farmer to CEO. As she called
it, real women, real stories."
She said Martin s death had left much of the staff
distraught. Lyder thanked Martin s family for lending
her to them as they were now richer for it.
Referring to Martin s health struggles as she battled
diabetes and its complications for years, Lyder said
she was never one to sit around feeling sorry for her-
"Journalism is public service and Angela has served
her country selflessly. Her goal was that struggling
women would be inspired by the trials and triumphs
of other women, that they should know that they
too, could weave gold from straw.
"She hated cruel people, the kind that loved to
inflict emotional pain on others and would, week
after week, urge us to live by her motto of be kind
to each other," Lyder said.
Cuffie said Martin had been instrumental in secur-
ing his employment as former Head of News at CCN
TV 6, for which he remained forever beholden to
Childhood neighbour and longtime friend, Carol
Charles, read a poem she wrote following Martin s
Her elder brother, Ancil Martin, revealed the level
of care he was able to provide to Martin during her
struggles with diabetes, changing her bandages, reviv-
ing her after she nearly slipped into a diabetic coma
and even ensuring she could move around on her
As someone from humble beginnings, Kevin said
his sister never let fame go to her head and learned
how to live peacefully and lovingly with everyone
with whom she came into contact.
Kevin said while Martin s sudden death was hard,
he was happy she had not suffered nor had she been
a victim of a homicide or vehicular accident.
A cross section of mourners, including Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie, and former MP Donna Cox, pay
their respects to Angela Martin, inset, during her funeral, yesterday, at Daybreak Assembly, Poinsettia Drive,
Morvant. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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