- Category: Our People
1973 - 2015
It is with heavy hearts and sadness that we share the loss of our Cultivate co-worker and dear friend Martin Giannini who tragically left this world on Saturday the 25th of April.
Marty was born in Chicago and arrived at the Cultivate Centre in Temple Bar, Dublin over a decade ago asking if he could be of service. He was fresh from his adventures in Africa and very soon became a core member of our team. Marty played a key role in developing the culture of Cultivate, he understood the importance of collaborative people-centred work spaces that combine visionary goals and hard work in a familial and social environment.
He was an incredibly gentle man with a huge heart and lived a life of service. From the peace core to his work on sustainability, through his contribution to the international Permaculture movement, his interest and passion for aikido, meditation, and his musical talent, and his critical analysis of economics and politics Marty was an inspiration.
We will miss his clarity of thought and focus, his warmth, and his compassion. He had an approach to life that was refreshingly straightforward and often hilarious! His dedication in his work with Cultivate and unwavering concentration when in the midst of a project, was a truly enviable quality.
Marty became an irreplaceable part of Cultivate being the central figure in our online communications and the go to person for all new Cultivate volunteers and interns. He was a international man and had a fantastic ability to relate to people from all over the world.
His loss has made a huge impact on all our lives and our thoughts are with Goska, his partner with whom he had set up home in Poland, his family in Chicago and his friends worldwide. He was a very good man in every sense and we are all poorer without him.
Tributes to him from around the world can be found on his facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/martin.giannini
Martin's friends are holding a memorial for him in the Harbour Bar, Bray, Co. Wicklow at 3pm, Sunday May 10th. All are welcome.
Rest in peace Marty - you will always be in our hearts.