Photo card 1 - German side
Martin Foltin
  • 35 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 4, 1980
  • Date of passing: Jul 31, 2016
The only important thing in life are the traces of love that we leave behind if we must go without being asked

Thank you very much to all that attended Martin's funeral on Monday, 8th August, 2016.

Should you wish to send flowers, instead, the family would prefer a donation to be made at the local animal shelter where Martin and Ana walked the doggies:
NAME: Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tierheim (Animal Shelter)
BANK: Kreissparkasse Garmisch-Partenkirchen

IBAN: DE03 7035 0000 0000 0460 03
SWIFT: BYLADEM1GAP

Should you wish to send a condolences card kindly mail to: 
Konigstand Strasse 2, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany 

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Martin Foltin, 35, born on November 4, 1980 and passed away on July 31, 2016. We will remember him forever. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ashr5 Marei on 6th November 2016

"I am so sure that Martin is a person can not be forgot, Rest in Peace my friend ......"

This tribute was added by Chris Foltin on 5th November 2016

"Little bro ... Happy Birthday. Always thinking of you"

This tribute was added by Jocelyn Selma on 4th November 2016

"you are always in my prayers mr. martin..enjoy celebrating your natal day with our creator together with the angels..happy birthday!"

This tribute was added by Sabine Fuchs on 4th November 2016

"I will miss the funny posts on Facebook Martin tagged me before a German Match. Also I will always remember several shots we had in Crystal Lounge after his shift and the Sushi he hid in a fridge for us. I am sure you will have a great Party today wherever you are. For your family a lot of strength for today. I am sure a lot of people will think of Martin today and all of them will have a smile in their face."

This tribute was added by A-t AL-Saeed on 4th November 2016

"I believe the way that the good things and the good deeds that a person do as a touch of kindness is like a seeds that has been planted  to carry a legacy. That legacy will keep that person alive and close to our heart to pay this kindness forward.

Toast to our great leader, friend and big brother . Happy birthday Mr Martin"

This tribute was added by Esra Parin on 4th November 2016

"Martin, you are living in our thoughts my friend!"

This tribute was added by Spikuh Soba on 4th November 2016

"Happy 36th birthday Martin though your not here with us but emotionally we are together hope you are enjoying with the angels up there God bless and God knows best."

This tribute was added by Leonardo Vita on 3rd November 2016

"I have a pleasure and so proud to have worked with him in Doha, He was a really passionate guy in everything he did. For me he was been not only a Boss but also a good Friend. Thank you Martin about all your teaching and I'll never forget you!!! Lead us from the Sky!!!! Hugs... Leo..."

This tribute was added by Vivienne Al-Kawari on 30th October 2016

"Dearest Ana,Monika,Gerhard,Christian & Nicki
So so sorry to have heard the very sad news about Martin. From the little boy we saw at the Sheraton he grew up to be such a fine kind gentleman. What wonderful tributes. He will be sorely missed.
Thinking of you all.
Vivienne, Fahed & Sultan xxx"

This tribute was added by Eva Kassas-Rosman on 24th August 2016

"Dear Monika and Gerhard. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. May Martin rest in peace and may the good Lord bless and protect you and your families.  We shall never forget you and include you in our prayers. Eva, Albert and families"

This tribute was added by Shaheen Haroon on 21st August 2016

"Dear Mr. and Mrs Foltin.
I was shocked to hear the very sad news of your son. No parents should face such a time, my deepest regrets to all of you. May God give you the courage and strength to continue with his beautiful memories and the wonder time you enjoyed with your son Martin.  Shaheen H. Kurkjian"

This tribute was added by Sabine Meyer on 16th August 2016

"Martin, mon ami.

Je suis sans voix… Toi si vivant, toujours! Tu as toujours été un modèle de force de vie avec ton énergie, ton enthousiasme, ton sourire, ta fougue, ton talent, ton humour, ta générosité, ton professionnalisme, ton charisme. Tu étais un vrai gentleman.
Aujourd'hui comme tous ceux qui t’ont connu, je pleure ta disparition.

Je suis certaine que là-haut, tu as déjà réussi à étonner le grand Patron et que tu as déjà plein de fans...

Que mes pensées affectueuses accompagnent Ana et ta famille durant ce passage fort douloureux!

Ana, Mr. Et Mrs. Foltin, Christian, Soyez assurés de ma reconnaissance et de mes sentiments émus. Courage à vous tous, la trace qu’il a laissée sur cette terre n’est pas prête de s’effacer. Et c’est un magnifique hommage que tu lui rends Ana.

Farewell mon Ami.
Sabine Meyer"

This tribute was added by iqbal kasmani on 16th August 2016

""Dear Anna,  Mr  Foltin, Mrs Foltin and the Foltin family
My deepest sympathy and condolences. My thoughts are with you all during this tragic and  sad time. Martin, rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Edouard Feghali on 16th August 2016

"I met Martin when I was working in Doha. Exceptional, enthusiastic, full of life. My father was in the opening team of the Sheraton Doha back in 1982 with Mr. Foltin. Amongst father and son hotelier, the passion of life was exuberant. May you rest in peace my friend. May God give your wonderful parents and family the strength to withstand this difficult situation. All my sincere condolences."

This tribute was added by Sameer Abdi on 15th August 2016

"Martin,
From the day I moved to Doha more than 5 years ago, you made me feel special and welcome.  Your infectious smile and positivity made us instant friends.  From surprise birthday cakes to serious chats about the importance of family, there was never a dull moment when you were around.  You will be missed my friend, but I take solace in the fact that you are making heaven a better place already.  Rest in peace, my dear friend.  
Sameer."

This tribute was added by Caroline Riley on 15th August 2016

"May you rest in peace Martin. Gone too soon. All my condolences and deepest sympathy to Ana and the family."

This tribute was added by Ksenia Novikova on 15th August 2016

"Deep condolences to the family.
He will be remembered as one of the most talented, bright and always welcoming colleagues in the hotel world…RIP Martin"

This tribute was added by Laurent Allereau on 14th August 2016

"My deepest condolences to all your Family Martin. I will never forget how jovial you were at work when we were working together at the Four Seasons Hotel Doha. I loved having you working closed to me, I will never forget those times spent together even if sometimes I was over melted you founded always some kind words to bring me coming down. Rest in Peace my Friend."

This tribute was added by Meryl Salongcong on 14th August 2016

"Dear Mr. Gerhard, Mrs. Monica, Chris and Ana,

Our deepest sympathy on the sad demise of Martin. We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to Martin's family and loved ones at this time of sorrow, we pray that the Almighty Father give you strength and courage to stay strong and find comfort with each other. The fond memories instill among the people he encountered will be cherished forever.

Rest in peace Martin.

THE TORCH DOHA Family"

This tribute was added by Joe Matos on 14th August 2016

"Just found out.
This is such a devastated tragedy.
Martin was one of the nicest guy I have came across. professionally, I've done business with him at the Westin Bahrain and he was always very helpful and proactive.
Personally, we enjoyed a few beers once in a while while speaking Portuguese. We always laughed over his accent but he loved Portugal and the time he spent there. Knew just about anything about Portuguese food and we always had a great time hanging out.
My heart goes out to Ana and family
Miss you buddy..."

This tribute was added by Rashid Al-Nuaimi on 14th August 2016

"Dear Gerhard. I was just informed by Khalid about the sad unfortunate news. I wish you and Monika my sincere condolences."

This tribute was added by Julia Wallace on 13th August 2016

"Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints on snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft star that shines at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there; I did not die."

This tribute was added by Nadia DeGama on 13th August 2016

"In school Martin was the guy all of the girls had a crush on and the guys looked up to. He had this positive aura about him- He was super cheeky, funny but most of all sweet- I think that's what attracted him to everyone.

As an adult, I was always very impressed by the way in which Martin struck a great balance of ambition, humility, and most importantly, a sense of humor- even in the most professional settings. I fondly remember how Martin would make every W experience for me an amazing one, no matter who I was with or how many times I'd go. I remember one time he said to me, "you're back here again?" - but this is just a testament not only to his dedication and professionalism at work but to his wittiness- something we will always remember.

It was only recently that I got to know Ana and i feel so fortunate to have met such a beautiful person, inside and out. Ana, please know that we are, and will always be, here for you.

To martin's mum, dad and brother: you will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Please draw comfort in knowing that Martin was not only loved by all, but respected by all. He left his mark of positivity everywhere he went and will always and forever be remembered as a gem of a guy.

Martin, we will forever remember your infectious smile, your witty banter and your kind heart. may eternal rest grant unto you and may your soul forever rest in peace. xx

Nadia deGama"

This tribute was added by youssef salloum on 13th August 2016

"My deepest condoloscences to Gerhard, Monika and Chris. I am deeply saddened by this news and may his soul rest in peace and God give you strength."

This tribute was added by Charlotte York on 13th August 2016

"Dear Ana, Mr & Mrs Foltin and Christian

I was devastated to hear the news about Martin. As Steve said when he told me, the world is a darker place now. Martin lit up the room and his joie de vivre made many a Spice Market or Market occasion even better - he had a gift for hospitality and that rare skill of being able to make people feel good. I also remember him running around the Sheraton when we were kids, probably getting upto mischief with Steve and the gang, and often with a tennis racket in hand!

I hope the outpouring of love and the obvious fact that he has touched so many lives gives you some strength in this terrible time. We are all thinking of you.

Rest easy Martin.

Charlotte Stubbs"

This tribute was added by Marco Pacelli on 13th August 2016

"Martin, I'm so really sorry that life ended so soon. I have had the privilege to meet you in Doha working at the Four Seasons when we were just about to start our lives in this crazy hospitality world. We had a lot of fun together and you have been one of those great people I had the privilege to work with. I can remember you energy, sense of humor, adventure, passion for life and how much your lovely wife loved you when you were just dating. You have been an inspiration and a great friend in my life journey and worlds cannot express my sadness for this news. You will be dearly missed by anyone who met you and I will pray God that your beloved may find the strength to overcome this difficult stage of life and bring in their hearts only the most beautiful moment and memories of you. Rest in peace my friend and until next time, somewhere over the skies. - Marco"

This tribute was added by Deema Abuissa on 13th August 2016

"My deepest condoloscences to Gerhard, Monika and Chris. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy! God takes away his angels so soon. May God give you the strength to overcome your sorrows and live with the amazing memories Martin has left behind. Keep strong. Rest in peace Martin ..."

This tribute was added by Jowell Bantoto on 12th August 2016

"Still can't believe that he's gone. One of the greatest persons I've  met and worked with. Everybody around him will remember his big smile, sense of humor  and energy.
He may not be around anymore but his memories will forever live in the hearts of the people he met along the way.
Requiescant in pace Martino."

This tribute was added by malak helmy on 12th August 2016

"Dear Martin,
You will always be here with us, remembered with so much love and warmth and so many images that people have of your beaming smile and unforgettable sincerity. Your life has been lived well and fully, and that is something to take joy in.  Sending my deepest condolences to the Foltin family (Monika, Gerhart. Christian and Ana)."

This tribute was added by Lina Serafini on 12th August 2016

"I have just heard the news about sweet Martin.  Although it has been many years since I saw him doing his magic at the Spice Market in Doha, I will never ever forget his sweet smile and compassionate way of being with all customers and staff.  He truly made a difference in this world and he will be forever remembered.  Sending lots of love and hugs to his family xo"

This tribute was added by Josef Gschwandtner on 11th August 2016

"Dear Ana, Dear Gerhard, Monika and Christian,
We are so devastated and sad to hear of the passing of Martin and we are still in shock. Just could not believe since hearing the news.
We have meet Martin in 2008 in Doha and always will remember Martin.
Our sincere condolences, Blessing to his beloved family.
Josef, Sheri, Josef, Angie"

This tribute was added by etienne els on 11th August 2016

"Dear Martin,

Although we only met for a brief period of time during the Starwood F&B Academy, I have to say you stood out in my mind. Bright, Clever, Capable & Talented.

I am happy to have met you!"

This tribute was added by Gisela Ciancio on 10th August 2016

"Dear Martin, your smile will always resonate with me when thinking of the crazy times of FS Doha and remembering you with all the welcome packages for the new employess! I know yo will be reading this and laughing as much as I am! You know, you will be missed and the good times will be fresh for ever with us! Enjoy the rest of the journey!"

This tribute was added by Dewayne Flanders on 10th August 2016

"It has been very difficult to process Martin has left us. I will always remember fondest memories we shared together during our childhood, fun times at school and hanging out together on weekends with our families and friends. I am sending Love and prayers from my mum, dad & sister."

This tribute was added by Meeta Wolff on 10th August 2016

"Hard to believe that when you hear about a person you knew for a part of your childhood it is in this way. Hard to believe that I am here on this occasion and not on a happier occasion. I remember sneaking through the corridors and kitchens of the hotel in Doha and playing pranks. After reading a few of the memorials here it's good to hear that Martin kept his wild sense of humor and happy spirit as he grew older. Although we lost touch my heart is saddened that such a lovely and loved person has gone from us!  
Dear Monika, Dear Gerhard, Dearest Christian,
Please accept our deepest condolences from the entire Khurana family. Our prayers are with you and our strongest vibes are being sent to keep you strong during these times.
God bless! Warmly, Mohinder, Teji, Sunny and Meeta (Khurana)"

This tribute was added by sherry bower on 10th August 2016

"i just cant believe, i know martin since he childhood,i have many memory i shall never forget he was like my son and love him so very much. we all going to miss him. my condolences to mr and mrs foltin and family."

This tribute was added by Chris Foltin on 9th August 2016

"Eulogy - In memory of Martin my little brother
4th November 1980 – 31st July 2016

Ana, Mum, Dad, Nicki, Family and Friends,

It is unthinkable that we are gathered here, and that I am standing in front of you to say goodbye to Martin my little brother...

I know life takes many twists and turns and can test us all, but let us erase the sorrow of what happened in that tragic accident and replace it with love, positivity and forever celebrate the life of Martin, who was a very special individual.

He was remarkable in so many ways. He lived his life to the fullest and touched so many people during his time here, as evident by so many of you here with us and the overwhelming number of condolences we have received from around the world.  

I will always remember my brother Martin as a cheeky, happy guy, who had tons of charm and charisma, a smooth operator, with a big heart and a big smile.

As I pondered the right words to express my thoughts about my brother Martin, I remembered the valued and meaningful roles that Martin played throughout his life.

First and foremost I see him as the family man. He was a loving husband to Ana and a loving son. Looking back, he was happiest when surrounded by his family. His devotion to Ana and his family were the foundation of his actions - the anchor that shaped his life.

I see Martin - the friend. He was a good friend to so many! He could be counted on and depended on always. He was there with his creative, crazy ideas, his positive approach to life; he was your man; ready, steadfast, willing and good fun. As I look out at the faces in this beautiful church, I see many family members and friends and I know that you will miss the friendship that Martin brought into your lives. I'm sure you all will remember him in your own special way.

As I continue to turn the pages in Martin’s life, I see the serious side to Martin, a compassionate, dynamic, individual who was absolutely committed to his profession in the hotel industry, starting way back, when he studied hotel management at University with Ana.  We were all so proud of him working his way up in the hotel business, working in challenging Middle Eastern countries, leading large teams and inspiring all. I know he has influenced everyone who has ever worked with him in a way that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. The same way he used to feel about Ana being such a great influence on his life, although he did remind her frequently, he taught her everything she knows...  

I see Martin, the consummate professional. He had so much potential and there is no question that his ultimate goal of becoming GM was around the corner - he always had aspirations at being the best in the business. In fact, he said to me on many occasions when we were little, that when we grew up, he would be Hotel Manager of the Doha Sheraton and I would be a serving behind the counter at McDonalds.

I see my brother as an adventurer.  He was a brave risk taker, who saw opportunity and made the most of it. He had no inhibitions and would rise to any challenge. He and Ana traveled the world; they shared such an interest in culture.  He was such a free spirit and loved trying new things.

I see Martin, the dancer, He loved celebrating, he loved music! If I close my eyes I see Ana and he hand in hand dancing away to cool tunes, with him singing his head off with a beaming smile.

I see Martin as a man of passion and a dedicated supporter. He remained a keen sportsman who loved football, basketball, tennis, golf, Formula 1 racing... we spent countless hours, watching, playing and discussing sports with Dad.

I see him as the peoples’ man.  More than anything Martin loved people. – He always made the time to make each and every person feel special. – He had this incredible presence that was infectious and unforgettable.
Everyone in this room has no doubt shared a conversation or heard one of his stories,  where you would either be left speechless, shocked or in hysterical laughter. He was so animated and passionate in his story telling, you can hear now, his accent, his big burly laugh.

Martin I am so grateful for my time with you on this earth, and I know everyone in this room is grateful for the time they spent with you – Ana, we love you dearly, and while you are sad today, life will go on and we are here to support you - we all have wonderful memories we can cherish forever.

It seems rather strange and yet comforting that Mum always called him her little blonde angel and now he really is one.

I know his spirit will live on, forever in Ana, Mum, Dad and we will remember you through the many people still left behind, whose lives you touched so positively.

... You will still laugh and love - sing and dance - hug and kiss,
... You will be forever with us,
... You will be forever Ana’s husband,
... You will be forever a brother, a son, a nephew, a cousin, a friend.

You may not realise it, but you leave an amazing legacy behind, in the things that you did, and the way that you did them.

I am going to miss you Bro.

I promise you Martin, we will be missing you every day until the end of time."

This tribute was added by Kataryna Dmoch on 9th August 2016

"Dear Foltin Family and Anna,
Please accept our sincere condolences. We are shocked and in disbelieve.  The news of Martin's death traveled to us to France today. There is not a soul that had met Martin, and who was not touched by his extraordinary spirit.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Kataryna Dmoch and Dr. Rami Shinnawie."

This tribute was added by Matti Khoory on 9th August 2016

"We are still shocked and saddened that you have left us. It was always laughs and smiles when you were around, one of the genuinely most entertaining people I have known. Will never forget the time you helped a very casually dressed pair of scruffians get into the hottest venue in Doha by putting the bouncers in their place - we still laugh about that many years on. Rest in Peace Buddy"

This tribute was added by Nura Farah on 9th August 2016

"Dear Gerhard, Monika, Christian and Ana,
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of such a great light. Not many people can leave a such a positive legacy behind.

Due to the multi-national nature of the Doha community and the career that Martin chose to pursue there are people all over the world that will hear the name Martin Foltin and have a positive memory to share.

For some it will be an old memory, others it will be new, for some it will be a brief interaction, a drink, a meal, a laugh; for some it will be in a group situation and for others it will be personal and deep.

But, everyone will have a memory of his big smile, his genuine nature, his joy in the everyday, his open heart and his respect for people from all walks of life.
In the world today, we need more people like Martin.

My memories of Martin are old - from the days of the Sheraton Doha - and a more recent and brief interaction at the W.

But as with many that grew up in the smaller Doha of the 1990s - those memories are strong and don't feel all that long ago.

I hope that you, his family (Gerhard, Monika, Christian and Ana), find strength in each other and the love that so many others feel for your Martin and find some joy and pride in the new memories and stories that you are learning about him from the thousands that are missing him along with you.

He will always be remembered.

Our condolences for your loss
Nura, Saeed, Elaine and Abdi Farah"

This tribute was added by Cindy King on 8th August 2016

"I hate watching news as most of it are horrible, stressful & devastating, still when I opened my FB and saw the post of my PIC, Edita about you, I was disbelieved, I texted her immediately and still it's hard to believe that you're really gone...I probably the least person of your friends to know you, but even in a short period of time, you've managed to touch me, still fresh in my mind we were in a True Colour training at W Doha, and we actually were the same colour: BLUE!!!

I always believe that there's a place where there are no more tears, pains, and sorrows...and I believe you are already there...till we meet again, mate...we can catch up what we have left..."

This tribute was added by Gabby Pereira on 8th August 2016

"The days are getting harder.
Without you being near.
And even though you're far away.
I know in a way you'll always be here..

I think about all the hard times..And the good times we've been through.All the laughs and all the jokes..
And all the memories of me and you.I still can't believe you're gone.
I know your in a better place.
But id rather have you here.
I sit here wishing that maybe.
You'll some how reappear

I can't hold the tears back.
It wasn't fair that you're life had to end.Ill always keep you in my heart.
Rest In Peace My Friend, My Mentor....."

This tribute was added by Matthew Smith on 8th August 2016

"It was a pleasure to have known Martin whilst at University in Guildford. He was respected by all, lit up the room and had an amazing sense of fun and banter as well as a big heart to all he met. It was 12 years ago but I remember it like yesterday. My deepest condolences go out to Ana, all the Foltin family and loved ones. Martin you are one of a kind."

This tribute was added by Mai El Sherbini on 8th August 2016

"Dearest Monika, Gerhard and Christian
Our friends for more than 30 years, we were shocked by the terrible news about Martin, we have known him since he was a young and timid boy when you came to Doha, then as a young man when he came again in the W hotel full of energy and  a gentleman faithful to the old friends of the family and the old days we spent together. We loved him very much, and it was our pleasure to see him again each time we went there. We are very sad about this tragic loss to us all, our deepest condolences to you and to his wife with our prayers to God to help you in this difficult time and bless you with his mercy .
Shahira , Adel and May El Sherbini"

This tribute was added by gwen newnham on 8th August 2016

"I guess a lot of us can say - thru some tears - that you were just one of those people who glues other people together.   Reading some of the tributes from your childhood friends, and recalling your antics from junior days at school and way beyond - .. teaching everyone how to have fun.  I recall your 'naughty-but-such-fun' ride ploughing your way through the mint patch, flowers, and Cabanas on your desert bike at the Sheraton, to how you managed to maintain that lovely respect for everyone, whether great or small among guests and staff alike. I don't think anyone could recall you without a smile across your face.    I know how much you're going to be missed by all your friends, your Mum Dad and Chris and Nikky, and your darling wife Ana.   This has been a wonderful life Martin, thank you for the way you've shared it, and infected us all with your fun.. we will all miss you for a long time to come."

This tribute was added by Julia Buck on 8th August 2016

"Dear Ana and the Foltin Family. My thoughts are with you today - the most difficult of days. It is a day when you will realise that Martin's infectious laughter and fabulous personality touched so many lives and made those lives better as a result. Martin lived life to the fullest and I will always remember him fondly from our time at uni. Always the life of the party and bringing people together. Martin wore his heart on his sleeve for all to see, whether through his cheeky smile or his contemplative stare. My deepest condolences that Martin was taken from you at such a young age. Be strong for each other and remember the good times. Rest in peace Martin but don't forget us as we won't forget you."

This tribute was added by Roula Assio on 8th August 2016

""Rest in peace Martin, we all lost a great friend, you will be missed deeply""

This tribute was added by Carla Issa on 8th August 2016

"Dearest Ana, Gerhard, Monika and Christian
We remember Martin as a toddler when you first came to Doha. Over the years we saw him turn into a gentleman full of life. He was the ultimate prankster who had a cheeky smile on his face. But there was the serious side that we all grew to love. He was a wonderful friend to everyone of all ages. We don't have the right words to describe our feelings other than say our thoughts and prayer are with all of you. We are all grieving
May God res his soul his memory will be eternal
Mounir, Samia and Carla Issa"

This tribute was added by Julietta Mirghani on 8th August 2016

"Martin was like a ray of sunshine to everybody who knew him and that's the way he will always be remembered. My deepest condolences to Ana and the Foltin family. Gone but never forgotten."

This tribute was added by Khalid Barghouti on 8th August 2016

"Dear Gerhard and Monika, Jamila and I were very saddened by the unfortunate and untimely loss of your son Martin, this was a big shock for us. May he Rest in Peace. We have known Martin since 1982 when he was so young at the Doha Sheraton Hotel. We offer you and your families our sincerest condolences, hoping that you will have the patience and belief to withstand this tragic loss."


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