Watch Manager Martin Poynter of Newport Fire Station, Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, passed away following a brief illness on 25 February 2015.
As someone I knew it would be inappropriate to carry out the research of Martin's life that I've applied to historical matters within the IWFBF, instead below are the words that I posted on Facebook around the time of his sudden and tragic passing and I do so with the greatest of respect for him and his family and loved ones.
My desire is for IWFBF to remember all those who served in any firefighting capacity on the Island over the decades but today it's that much harder when it's someone known personally and who was taken too young and so suddenly. Watch Manager Martin Poynter has been much eulogised and many knew him far better than I did and much has been written of his life and achievements. I'll keep this simple and personal because to me Martin was a larger than life, gregarious and energetic character who in the blink of an eye could also be the most kind, gentle and attentive listener. I'll never forget the conversation I had with him when my father was dying of cancer, he showed an immense strength, depth and compassion. His emotional intelligence was second to none. His sudden passing was preceded by a life that influenced so many so positively, that while we remain saddened by his loss, we have all been privileged to be a part of his life and shall never forget him and the things he stood for.
Rest in peace Watch Manager Poynter.