With his loving wife by his side, Frederick Beach Martindale, age 73, of Bluffton , SC, passed away January 1, 2021 from complications of Covid 19. Born in Montclair, NJ, Fred attended Morris Harvey College in Charleston, WV. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Nancy Martindale and brother, Ross Martindale Jr. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Donna Cooper-Martindale, his sons Christopher Wight Martindale and David Scott Martindale, his grandchildren, Kassie Lynn Martindale, Mia Rae Martindale, Hilary Brooke Martindale and Steven Martindale, six great grandchildren, nephew Brian Martindale of Burlington NC, niece Lisa Brown of lslmorada, FL and many family and friends who meant the world to Fred. He always tried to keep in touch with all his family.
Fred was very committed to what he called his "Legacy", The Great Chebeague Golf Club on Chebeague Island, Maine. Fred was a life-long golfer. His grandfather was one of the first men's champions. His picture remains on the wall at the clubhouse. Since the 1980s, Fred was an attendant, buyer, treasurer and bookkeeper at the Club. He thoroughly enjoyed the family cottage on Hamilton Beach, was a year-round resident for 15 years and a summer resident since then -- Chebeague Island, Maine was home to him along with many life-long friends.
Fred loved his (Friends of Bill W) family, always attending meetings after 33 years of sobriety to be there for anyone who might ask for his help. The program saved his life and those whose paths he crossed. He always told the story of Donna's handprint on his back pushing him out the door to another meeting. His relationship with his children grew stronger with lots of humility and hard work.
After moving to Sun City in 2016, Fred discovered Senior Softball. He fell in love with the Club. He had been a baseball fan (St. Louis Cardinals) since he was about 5. He was learning to be a pitcher and no doubt he will attend the spring season, commenting on every play. As you all know he always had a lot to say. Fred still had too much left to tell us so this could not have been a planned departure. Fred loved to read and was constantly exchanging books with neighbors and friends. He also had many jobs. One of his favorites was driving the trolley in Savannah, Ga. After much encouragement from friends, Fred and Donna bought a motor home and traveled the country for a couple of years. They were never afraid to begin a new adventure.
The Martindale family would like to express their gratitude to all the amazing angels with Hospice Care who surrounded them at their time of sorrow. Saul's Funeral Home in Bluffton provided his cremation services. There is no memorial service scheduled at this time due to virus issues, however family and friends are invited to gather this summer on the Island in Maine. In lieu of flowers please make donations to - The Island Commons Assisted Living, 132 Littlefield Rd. Chebeague Island, Me. 04017.