Martin FitzRoy Bristol

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September 22, 1939 ~ March 3, 2024

Born in: Guyana
Resided in: Loganville, GA

Martin Fitz Roy Bristol, born September 22, 1939, in Nabaclis, Guyana, died on March 3, 2024, in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He was the beloved son of Stonewall Martin Bristol and Inez Gloria Bristol. Despite the early loss of his father, Martin’s life was marked by resilience, compassion, and his witness to Christ.

Growing up in Victoria Village, Guyana, Martin’s caring nature earned him endearing nicknames like Mendel and Preacher Boy. His passion for nursing began during his education at Indian Educational Trust High School and later flourished at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Georgetown, where he was affectionately known as “Brother B” by his peers. As a dedicated nurse, Martin served for 29 years as Civil Servant at the New York State Office of Mental Health, leaving a lasting impact on those he cared for.

The best way to describe Martin’s spiritual journey is ecumenical, promoting worldwide Christian unity. His relationship with Christ began in the Methodist Church when he was baptized as an infant and became a child of God. At age 12 he had a profound spiritual experience of the love of God at his Confirmation and First Communion in the Lutheran Church. Upon moving to Georgetown, he became a member of the Pilgrim Holiness Church and also joined the ecumenical Youth for Christ movement. It was during youth group meetings at the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Georgetown that he met his beloved wife, Pauline Anderson (Richards).

In 1966 he migrated to the United States where he and his family became members of the Ebenezer Pilgrim Holiness Church in the Bronx, NY. Later, they joined the Miller Memorial (Community Worship Center) Church of the Nazarene in Brooklyn, and eventually the Lake Worth Church of the Nazarene in Florida upon retirement. Finally upon moving to Georgia, they joined Gracepoint Church of the Nazarene and then transferred to the Holy Cross Anglican Cathedral in Loganville. Thus concluding his ecumenical journey.

Martin’s devotion to family was unwavering. The mantra for their lives has always been, “Home is where each lives for the other and all live for God.” He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 59 years, Pauline Bristol, and their four children: Matthew, Simon Walter, Persis, and Mark.

Additionally, he is survived by his siblings: Michael, Kenneth, Stella, Hildred, Daphne, Joyann, and their living spouses

His grandchildren from Simon Walter are Brian, Bridget, Jessica, and Lee (Lela). Grandchildren from Persis and Erika Bravo are Evan, Akira, Elena, and Ariel.

He also leaves a multitude of nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and this list goes on because there was no one he did not call brother, sister or friend.

Martin was preceded in death by his mother, Inez Gloria Bristol, and his siblings Gloria, Stonewall Jr., Doreen, Roy Maxwell, and Alexander.

Martin will be remembered for his exuberant shouts of “Glory!”, his dedication to nursing where he met people at their lowest, his profound kindness, and his quick wit. May he rest in eternal peace until we see him again.

To view a live stream of the funeral service, please watch here:

To celebrate Martin’s life with family and friends in New York, there will be an additional memorial service held at 10:30AM on Friday, April 19, 2024 at St. Mary’s Winfield Church, 70-31 48th Ave, Woodside, NY 11377 (718-672-4848) Live Stream: Or YouTube.

The burial will be held immediately following the memorial service on Friday, April 19, 2024, at St. John’s Cemetery, 80-01 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11379 (718-894-4888)(Section 36 range G plot 20).


Visitation: March 8, 2024 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


Funeral Mass: March 9, 2024 10:00 am

Holy Cross Anglican Church
3836 Oak Grove Road
Loganville, GA 30052


Memorial Service: April 19, 2024 10:30 am - 11:30 am

St. Mary’s Winfield Church
70-31 48th Ave.
Woodside, NY 11377


Interment: April 19, 2024 12:00 pm

St. John’s Cemetery
80-01 Metropolitan Ave
Queens, NY 11379


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  1. My deepest condolences to the Bristol Family and household. May God keep each of you in perfect peace through this time. His joy will be missed. His cheerful lighthearted spirit will definitely be missed. Mr. Bristol most definitely will be missed!

    • CandleImage“When great souls die…Our memory, suddenly sharpened, examines, gnaws on kind words unsaid…Our souls dependent upon their nurture, now shrink, wizened. Our minds, formed and informed by their radiance, fall away…after a period peace blooms…” Maya Angelou

      From sunrise to sunset, you lived, laughed and loved. We are better for you existed. May you Rest in Peace. Our hearts, prayers and condolences go out to the family.

      • CandleImageMy condolences to the Bristol family. Sip on my brother in law say hello to my boo tell him i say i love and miss him very much i am going to miss u 💕💓💗🙏🙏🙏

  2. CandleImageTo the entire family, including my dear friend Persis. Please accept my deepest condolences. May you be surrounded by those you hold dear to you and may you find comfort in their love and embrace during this sad time.

  3. My deepest condolences to the Bristol family. Bro Bristol was a great man and he will be greatly missed. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers ❤️🙏🏾

  4. CandleImageMy prayerful love is with everyone during this difficult time. May the love and strength that Martin shared be the legacy that lifts you up and brings comfort to your hearts.

  5. CandleImageJesus says, “Father, my disciples are your GIFT to me. I wish that where I am, they may be with me…”

  6. CandleImageUncle Martin was love, peace, beautiful, and a blessing to so many. I loved being in his presence. Our loss is Heaven’s gain.
    My prayer is that his wife, children, and all of his loved ones feel God’s peace and that it outweighs their suffering.
    Rest well Uncle Martin!

  7. CandleImageMy condolences to Walter and the Bristol family, Your Dad’s memories live on.

  8. CandleImageMy deepest heartfelt condolences to the family. Mr. Bristol was a very kind hearted person.

  9. CandleImageI am so very sorry to learn of the passing of Mr. Bristol. May his soul reside in God’s Heavenly Kingdom. My deepest sympathy to all the Bristol family.

  10. CandleImageMy sincerest condolences to the Bristol family. Praying God’s strength and comfort for today, tomorrow and the journey ahead.

  11. Uncle Martin was a wise and kind soul. He will surely be missed. Sending love and light to Aunt Pauline, Walter, Persis, Mark, and Matthew. May God strengthen and keep you at this time and in the days ahead❤️

  12. Deepest condolences and sympathy to the entire Bristol Family. Tks for your encouragement and advice in the past. God has taken a gentle giant from you. We will all meet again. R.I.P. uncle Martin.

  13. CandleImageOur deepest condolences. Brother Bristol was an extraordinary man. We were blessed to know him.

  14. CandleImageSending our deeply condolences, may the family find comfort knowing the JOY & LOVE, father (pop) Bristol left in all of our hearts.
    Jackson Family

  15. CandleImageMartin has been my mentor and friend for more than 60 years. We were bonded together in Christian love, far more than we imagined.
    I was the youngest of the group, I believe I am still the youngest.
    Over the last half century, our pathways diverged from Guyana, to other continents, and, when life became tough for me, my faith in the Almighty God would be renewed when I realised that Martin continued to pray for me.
    He was the friend, closer than my brothers.

    There were times when, I believed, this my brother and friend, did “tighten his belt,” because he felt my needs were more urgent than his. But, guilt asks, “how often did I demonstrate my appreciation?”

    Just trying to imitate his Mouth Organ Tunes, have been an encouragement to me, especially when the storms of frustration, isolation and uncertainity took too long to, “these things shall pass.”

    I am who I am today, because, Martin, his wife Pauline and late sister-in-law, lived for The Lord, and, my regret today is….how often did I say, “Thank You?”

    His legacy lives on. Others are benefiting because my fellow Christian lived for others, who now walk in his footsteps.

    To his children, grands and great-grands, nieces, nephews and family, be assured, I owe Martin a debt of love.
    I do not remember how many “green pieces of paper” he deprived himself of, for my benefit.
    I will continue to solicit Our Father above, for Martin’s yet unanswered prayers.

    To Martin’s Extended Family, be assured, I am here for you. I owe your Martin an bountiful debt of love.

    Weeping may last for a season, but, we know that he wants us all, to be prepared to meet him in heaven.

    Pauline and family, thanks for sharing your Martin with me.

    Dr. Kenneth Ivelaw Daniels.
    (In Guyana).

  16. CandleImageThere is no better example of a fathers love, and joy in helping guide a family, which will continue to shine and inspire forever.

  17. I’m sending my most heartfelt condolences; my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. I’m so sorry for your loss 🙏❤️🙏

  18. CandleImageMy deepest condolences to Auntie Pauline and the entire family on the passing of Uncle Martin. May the God of all comfort, Comfort you in this difficult time. May God wrap his loving Arms around you and give you strength.

    Rest in eternal peace Uncle Martin

  19. We are sorry we cannot be with your family and you in Georgia. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are glad we had the opportunity to meet your father and family on many blessed/happy occasions. Thank you for arranging live streaming tonight and tomorrow. Will plan to be with you when his cremains are buried at St. John’s where my family is located. Your father is now an intercessor for us!

  20. CandleImageYou are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you love and light.
    -Cornell & Maurice Robinson-Cook

  21. CandleImageSending my deepest sympathy and warmest regards to the family… May your sweet sweet soul rest in peace.

    • CandleImageI am sending my deepest sympathy and regards to the family may your sweet sweet soul rest in peace forevermore coming from Sharon Anderson and her daughter kimberley worrell and her family 😔😔💔💔💔😞😞

  22. My condolences and heartfelt prayers go out to the Bristol family during their time of bereavement.

  23. CandleImageMy deepest condolences to the Bristol family! Bro. Bristol was always such a kind soul and his legacy will live on through the lives that he touched. May he RIP for a great job well done here on earth.

  24. My sincere condolences to the Bristol family. May God grant you peace and comfort, and may the precious memories of Br. Bristol sustain you. Sending much love and light!

  25. CandleImageOur deepest sympathy with god faith and comfort to the family from the Pierre’s and Austin’s

  26. CandleImageMy Sincere Condolences to Auntie Pauline , children, grandchildren and the Bristol family. Uncle Martin was a believer in Jesus Christ Lord and Savior and to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. May God grant you all his Peace and may the precious memories of Uncle Martin sustain and comfort you all. Sending much love and light.
    May his soul RIP.
    Isis and children
    3022 Moccasin Ln
    Aubrey Texas 76227

  27. CandleImageMy condolences for your loss. My blessings to you and your family during this difficult time. May God’s peace be with you all.

  28. CandleImageWhen a family dies my heart breaks, My condolences to my family Weeping may endure for a Night but Joy comes in the morning .1Thessalonians 4:13-18.Love You My Family.🙏🏽❤️

  29. Since coming to know the Bristol family (through my brother in Christ, Mark) I have always been in awe of Mr. Bristol’s quiet joy and peace. He radiated Jesus and that glow reflected in his family. May Jesus’ pierced-compassionate heart embrace the entire Bristol family. My prayers are with you all!

  30. CandleImageFr. Mark Bristol & family
    Please accept my profound condolences. May perpetual light shine on your dad Martin. May his soul rest in peace.

  31. On behalf of American Martyrs Catholic War Veterans Post 1772 I would like to offer our condolences to the Bristol family on their loss. May he rest in peace.

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