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Dalma Denfield Martin

October 17, 1943 — May 3, 2024

Dalma Martin, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully on May 3, 2024, surrounded by loved ones. Born on October 17, 1943, in St. John's, Antigua, British West Indies, Dalma was the son of Fernella and Denfield and one of five siblings.

Dalma is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Vonell Martin, and their loving children: Nyree (Steve), Nicole (Craig), Tasha (Mike), and Tenesha Martin. He is also remembered with love by their grandchildren: Zachary, Dominic, and Andrew and his mother-in-law, Bobbie Cambridge. He is remembered fondly by a host of other family members and friends.

In addition, Dalma is survived by his children from a previous relationship: Connie and her children and grandchildren, Georgette and her children, and Denfield and his sons, Isaiah and Noah.

Dalma's journey through life began in Antigua, where he was born and raised. His adventures took him across multiple Caribbean islands before he ultimately moved to Canada and then the United States. Dalma lived in Chicago, San Francisco and New York before settling in Philadelphia. It was in Philadelphia that he met the love of his life, Vonell, at Athens Restaurant, where she was a waitress who served Dalma and his friends. They married a year later and together raised four beautiful daughters.

Dalma's early career was in construction, but his true passion was cooking. Once he came to the US, he pursued this passion and became a chef by trade, working at some of Philadelphia’s most prestigious and historic restaurants, including Moshulu, Bookbinders, and the Warwick Hotel. Dalma was known for his culinary skills and his love for creating delicious meals. He shared this gift with family and friends over the years, hosting gatherings at his home in North Philadelphia.

In addition to his culinary talents, Dalma had a knack for working with his hands. He had a green thumb and loved woodworking and building things on his own. He took great pride in his work and found joy in his hobbies.

Above all, Dalma cherished his family and his grandchildren. Known as Pop-Pop or Mr. D, he was a devoted grandfather who loved spending time with and spoiling his grandchildren. He was also a passionate fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, never missing a game and always cheering on his favorite team.

Dalma became a member of the Revelation Church of Christ under the leadership of Bobbie Cambridge later in life. He loved the Lord and prayed and read his Bible faithfully.

Dalma Martin's legacy is one of love, dedication, and hard work. Although he was soft spoken, he touched the lives of many and will be dearly missed by all who knew him. His memory will live on in the hearts of his family, church family, and friends forever.

A celebration of Dalma’s life will be held at:
Jacob F. Ruth Funeral Directors
8413 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Friday May 17th at 11am

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Visitation

Friday, May 17, 2024

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Jacob F. Ruth Funeral Directors

8413 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118

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Funeral Service

Friday, May 17, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Jacob F. Ruth Funeral Directors

8413 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118

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Interment

Friday, May 17, 2024

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