Clive re­ally was a ‘model’ cit­i­zen

Australasian Timber - - ASSOCIATION -

IHAVE al­ways said the best thing about work­ing in the tim­ber in­dus­try is the peo­ple. Down to earth, funny, straight up, hard­work­ing and hon­est peo­ple. One of the most sig­nif­i­cant in­flu­ences within the in­dus­try for me was Clive Martella, FTMA Board Mem­ber and Di­rec­tor of MB Pre­fab Fram­ing in Gee­long.

Clive was an es­sen­tial per­son within the FTMA Board. Not only was he one of the peo­ple who worked hard to get the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion go­ing but he re­mained a Di­rec­tor through­out his time on the board. He was my go-to per­son with tech­ni­cal, pro­duc­tion or busi­ness is­sues and he al­ways came through, not only for me, but for other fab­ri­ca­tors as he was al­ways will­ing to share in­for­ma­tion to im­prove the stan­dards of the in­dus­try and help his com­peti­tors.

He was also the fun­ni­est bas­tard on the board by far and at ev­ery board meet­ing there was a Clive Bloop­ers time! New board mem­bers were warned of his hu­mour but no one was ever of­fended as they knew his hu­mour, even though crude at times, was never mal­ice and al­ways left every­one laugh­ing.

Sadly, Clive Thomas Martella passed away in the early hours of Sun­day 28 Septem­ber, 2016, at the young age of 62 after a short but coura­geous bat­tle with cancer, leav­ing be­hind his beloved wife Ruth and three adult chil­dren, Cather­ine 28, Treina 24 and Clive Jnr 21.

His fu­neral, which was held at St Mary’s in Gee­long, was the per­fect farewell. With seat­ing for 450 and peo­ple left stand­ing at the back of the church there was no doubt Clive was loved by many within his fam­ily, com­mu­nity and in­dus­try. It was fan­tas­tic see­ing cur­rent and past FTMA board mem­bers at­tend as well as tim­ber sup­pli­ers, nail plate rep­re­sen­ta­tives and other fab­ri­ca­tors from Vic­to­ria, New South Wales and South Aus­tralia all who had great re­spect for Clive.

It was no sur­prise to hear that Clive was a bar­man at one stage in his ca­reer. I mean, his jokes, wow, they were def­i­nitely the best bar­man jokes you would ever hear but learn­ing that Clive was a male model for My­ers, well that nearly knocked me off my chair. Past board mem­ber Glen Phillips of Coun­try Truss, re­calls Clive telling them this many years ago but they all just laughed think­ing it was an­other one of Clive’s one-liner jokes.

MB Pre­fab was started by Clive Martella Se­nior and Eric Brew in Septem­ber 1977. Doug Maxwell, Clive’s brother-in-law, joined the fam­ily busi­ness in 1983 when Eric re­tired and Clive joined the com­pany in 1987 as a sales rep, even­tu­ally buy­ing in to the busi­ness in 1990 when his fa­ther re­tired.

Clive and Doug con­tin­ued to build the busi­ness along with the trans­port busi­ness and are well re­spected within the in­dus­try from sup­pli­ers, com­peti­tors and builders. Clive was al­ways will­ing to share in­for­ma­tion on safety or other is­sues that may help other fab­ri­ca­tors as he truly be­lieved in grow­ing the in­dus­try and en­sur­ing our in­dus­try set high stan­dards.

The fu­neral was long but bril­liant as it was full of trib­utes from those clos­est to him. We heard funny story after funny story with most sto­ries hav­ing to wait un­til the wake for more laugh­ter where it was safer to re­peat some of the things Clive got up to over the years.

It is amaz­ing how Clive brought so much joy to so many peo­ple and every­one had their own sto­ries to tell. Some se­ri­ous about how gen­er­ous he was and how he had helped their fam­ily, oth­ers about his golf, his in­volve­ment in the lo­cal com­mu­nity, his de­vo­tion to his fam­ily and of course his sense of hu­mour. He is the only per­son I know that had an ac­count at the joke shop and I’d hate to guess how many peo­ple he got over the years with his electric shock pen.

Clive was never back­ward in com­ing for­ward and it was no sur­prise that he had the op­por­tu­nity to have his say at his own fu­neral via an email he had sent the week be­fore he passed away to his cousin Stephen. Clive gave beau­ti­ful trib­utes to his wife and chil­dren ex­press­ing the joy and love they pro­vided him and how they were ev­ery­thing to him. He had the chance to say one last thank you for the out­stand­ing care they pro­vided him over the past few months and to give them as­sur­ances that ev­ery­thing would be okay.

Clive also re­flected on his and Doug’s re­la­tion­ship stat­ing that it was stronger than most mar­riages as even though they had worked with each other for nearly 30 years they had only ever had one fight which was amaz­ing. Doug, how­ever re­flected at the wake that he never re­calls ever hav­ing a fight with Clive and we think this was Clive’s part­ing joke!

As a par­ent one could only dream of hav­ing such a won­der­ful in­flu­ence on your chil­dren’s lives to war­rant the amaz­ing trib­utes they gave on the day via cousins. Be­ing de­scribed as the great­est in­flu­ence in their lives, cen­tre of their uni­verse and how proud they were to call their fa­ther a hero were only a few of the emo­tional trib­utes ded­i­cated to their beloved fa­ther Clive on the day.

In hon­our of this amaz­ing man who was a true in­dus­try leader, FTMA will present the in­au­gu­ral Clive Martella Ser­vice to In­dus­try Award at the 2017 Na­tional Con­fer­ence in May. We want to en­sure that oth­ers in the in­dus­try that share his same pas­sion, drive and sup­port in see­ing the na­tional frame and truss in­dus­try in­no­vate and grow are recog­nised. I had the hon­our of telling Clive this be­fore his pass­ing and as ex­pected he said he didn’t need that, as he was a truly hum­ble per­son but I told him we did, as he has given so much and FTMA wants to en­sure his legacy con­tin­ues.

FTMA ex­tends their love and con­tin­ued sup­port to Ruth, Cat, Treina, Clive Jnr, Doug, Sue, JulieAnne and the staff at MB Pre­fab.

Rest in Peace Clive. We have no doubt you will have them rolling in the aisles up­stairs and we know you will never be for­got­ten.

(L-R): Clive Martella, Michael Read (Keith Tim­bers), Doug Maxwell (MB Pre­fab) and Phil McCormack (McCormack Hard­wood Sales).


Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer / FTMA Aus­tralia

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