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  1. Staying at the Beaumaris Motel recently we heard the news of Martin’s passing. I worked for Martin nearly 30 years ago. I was at the end of my apprenticeship and Martin just started Vincents. He was a wonderful boss, and always took great care of his employers.
    A very gentle, caring man.
    Thanks Martin.

  2. Only just found out the sad news of Martins passing, my deepest condolences to his 3 boys and extended family and friends for their loss. RIP my friend

  3. Wie haben Martin leider nur selten persönlich erlebt. Trotzdem fühlten wir uns immer in die Familie eingebunden. Die gemeinsamen Stunden haben wir in bester Erinnerung und werden wir auch immer in unserem Herzen tragen.
    Wir teilen das Leid der Familie und möchten unsere tiefe Anteilnahme ausdrücken.
    Eure Tränen sind auch unsere Tränen!
    Alles Liebe und Gute für euch in Australien.
    Herzlichst, Wolfgang und Annemarie
    Jahrzehntelange Freunde von Erich aus Wien – Austria

    1. Leider ist die automatische Übersetzung katastrophal!
      … leider nur selten persönlich erlebt.
      … wir haben uns aber immer in die Familie eingebunden gefühlt.
      … Jahrzehnte lange Freunde von Erich.

  4. I worked for Martin for 5 years. He was a hard working and kind hearted man. Working for him was the best time of my life. My heartfelt condolences to the family during these sad times .
    May God give you the peace you seek.

  5. What an interesting life, full of adventures and experiences. The boys were lucky to have a dad like Martin, you could see his love and pride …
    Pfiati, lieber Martin

  6. Such a beautiful man. So many beautiful memories.
    You will be sadly missed.
    Our deepest condolences to the entire family.
    RIP our friend.
    With much love, Kathy, Shaun, Zak and Ava x

  7. R.I.P Martin
    We had some great times, you were a great mentor.
    I learnt a lot from you and would not be who I am with out you in my life.
    Over the last 20 years we have been in and out of each other’s lives.
    You trusted me to run your business, I am thankful for your friendship.
    I am thankful of all that you have done.
    I wish we could have spoken 1 last Time.
    c’est la vie
    My thoughts are with your family and everyone who has been apart of your life.


  8. Marty, one of my closest friends, my mentor and the man I have looked up to and have admired for 25 years. An amazing friendship that only you and I got. A man that no matter what happened in life, if you were a freind he had your back. A father to the boys that are now men. If I were to ever have kids of my own, I could only hope that I was half the dad that you are. You went the extra mile with everything you did, and being a dad, you absolutely smashed the brief. I will miss the dinners at primrose, and the city nights, the random wine bars and all the great times we shared. Your teachings and the way you are will be used dayly in alot of people’s lives. So many people will miss you mate. I love you Unta. Rest peacefully mate.

  9. We remember Martin as a generous, social and beautiful human being.
    I very recently caught up with a Martin walking the dogs at Dendy Park, he was happy. We spoke about his boys, who he treasured and always spoke highly of. You boys should be very proud of him, he loved you dearly. I invited him to Mt.Buller where we are currently residing, I was hoping to ski with him.
    Today during the memorial we were privileged to reflect back on Martin’s life with tears filling our eyes knowing that we will never be able to experience his company again but at the same time, reflecting on all the joy we did experience with him.
    Martin has left a stain that will stay with us forever, and that’s just fine! We loved him, to us, he was inspirational.
    May he Rest In Peace.
    Love Richard & Abi

  10. I have so much gratitude for having worked for Martin and for the opportunity to be apart of the Vincent’s family back in the 90’s. So many great memories and great people. Martin’s authenticity, compassion and caring nature made him a great man to work for. Thanks for the memories and experience. C’mon Guys as he would say.
    Condolences to your family and friends you’ll be sadly missed Martin. Rest In Peace mate…

  11. Condolences to Martin’s family and to Erich’s family.

    Rob, Wendy, Lara, Cooper and Reese Wandaller.

  12. Your irreverent and often ‘perfectly wrong’ sense of humour, always with a side comment (slightly under your breath) that would have us in fits.
    Your food would always have our bellies full and happy.
    Your home always made us feel like we were welcome.
    You were the youngest at heart, but the oldest in age and would do laps around us all with your stamina and drive.
    Whether it be in the middle of the RHI at Mardi Gras, on a wild car rally, at the many fancy dress events or in our home for dinner – You were always there, always welcome and always enjoying life.
    Pragmatic and calm, you always seemed to handle any situation with ease.
    You will be missed Martin. Rest in Peace.
    We take many lessons from how you lived you life and you will always be part of ours. Thank you.
    J and I xo

    PS – I really hope they have the best ski slopes and dance floors up there.

  13. My Vincent’s years hold so many fond memories.
    Martin I hope you have found peace and continue with your dry sense of humour wherever you are.
    Sincere condolences to your family and all those who hold you dear.

  14. Your were a wonderful friend, so many laughs, so many jokes, so many hugs, so many dinners, so many parties, so many dance floors, so many memories that will always be in our hearts. We will miss your smile, big welcoming hugs, generosity and love….we hope you have found peace.

    Our thoughts and love go to Irene, Mathias, Stefan, Tom & all family & friends.

    All our love, Nicole, Leon, Lucas & Madeleine Taylor xx

  15. Schlaf gut Martin!
    Love and hugs to All that knew this kind man
    My sincere condolences to the family

  16. Most of my fondest memories were at Martin’s house when I lived in Melbourne in the late 90’s early 2000. Being from QLD, Martin and Irene were my extended family, where I was always welcome and felt at home.

    I always remember a framed photo of Martin on the living room wall of Martin finishing the swim leg of one of the triathlons he competed in. It was a photo from back in the day when speedo’s and big moustaches were the normal triathlon attire. It always made me laugh but it also inspired me. I did join a Tri club when I moved back to QLD, and I always enjoyed catching up with Martin and sharing stories of my tri training, running, bikes, chaffing and how it felt to be beaten up at the back of the swim leg. Martin would laugh as he was usually at the front in the swim leg.

    Triathlons, coffee, cooking, parties, dancing, music, work, drinking, crazy laugher, relationships, children and life in general…I have countless memories of conversations with Martin and good times we shared.

    Martin…you will be missed. x

  17. Most of my fondest memories were at Martin’s house when I lived in Melbourne in the late 90’s early 2000. Being from QLD, Martin and Irene were my extended family, where I was always welcome and felt at home.

    I always remember a framed photo of Martin on the living room wall of Martin finishing the swim leg of one of the triathlons he competed in. It was a photo from back in the day when speedo’s and big moustaches were the normal triathlon attire. It always made me laugh but it also inspired me. I did join a Tri club when I moved back to QLD, and I always enjoyed catching up with Martin and sharing stories of my tri training, running, bikes, chaffing and how it felt to be beaten up at the back of the swim leg. Martin would laugh as he was usually at the front in the swim leg.

    Triathlons, coffee, cooking, parties, dancing, music, work, drinking, crazy laugher, relationships, children and life in general…I have countless memories of conversations with Martin and good times we shared.

    Martin…you will be missed. x

  18. What wonderful memories to behold, your fun way of life will live on through so many.

    Rest in peace dear Martin, you and your family are in our thoughts.

    Much love,

    Sal, Jim and family

  19. Growing up Martin was always the cool dad in the group. He always had a smile on his face and something classic to say. I always hoped to be as friendly, social and fun as him when I grew up. He was always keen to hang out having a beer and a laugh with the boys.
    Thank you for being a friend and mentor to us all.
    Eternally young, witty and kind.
    Be at peace mate ♡

  20. Dear Irene,
    Sending you, Mathias, Maz, Silvia & your family all my love during this terribly difficult time.
    I’m thinking of you all and I’m here for you.
    Love always,

  21. Our thoughts are with you all at this very difficult and sad time.
    Sending love and hugs

    Sid, Marlee, Dylan and Bailie

  22. Nothing was ever too much trouble. Martin, you were always up for anything and everything and you beat to the sound of your own drum, but whatever you were doing, you had a huge grin on your face, like you knew something that the rest of us didn’t, or simply, you were enjoying yourself.

    Martin, you were great to be around, such a sense of fun and mischief and we are all sadder now we only have memories.

    Desperately sad for Thomas, Georgia, Stefan, Mathias, Irene and all of the extended family.
    Miss you mate.

    The Harrisons.
    Glen, Kate, James, Grace and William

  23. May you RIP now Martin. Our heart felt condolences to all your family. Lovely tribute to a very caring and giving man. Love Theresa and Glenn

    1. Martin, I was so shocked and so sad when I heard the news. Listening to your life story and getting to know more about you today is a privilege.

      You are one of the most generous kind gentleman.
      It feel like yesterday (almost 16 years ago) We are all invited and so welcome by your hospitality generosity at your home. You make sure everyone is taking care of and have a good time together. You will be missed, and thank you indeed for your hardwork and tribute towards Melbourne hospitality industry.
      May you rest in peace

      My deepest condolences to you and your beloved Irene and Mathias

  24. What a lovely tribute to Martin, listening to his life story and the warmth in the speeches of his two close friends. Please extend my condolences to all of his family, past and present.
    The live steaming was excellent as I was feeling the same emotions as if I was present at his funeral.
    My contact with Martin was not frequent but I’ll never forget the New Years Parties at Erich’s home where Erich, Martin and myself organised.
    Martin, you seemed to have lived your life to the fullest. R.I.P.

  25. Such a tragic loss – you will so missed Martin as you were loved by so many.

    Thinking of you all and hoping the special memories you have can bring you peace.

    Sending you all love, particularly Thomas, Stefan and Mathias.

    Carolyn Tudor

  26. Martin, you will be missed by all who was part of your life. We have so many fond memories we will remember forever.

    Our heart felt condolences go out to Irene and Mathias and all the extended family.
    Rest in peace Martin

    Ben & Tamsin Brame ♥️♥️♥️

  27. Our deepest, heartfelt condolences to Irene and Mathias and the rest of the family. May God bless you and give you strength at this difficult time.

    Neka mu bude laka Australska zemlja.
    Pocivaj u miru Bozijem, Martin.
    Rest In Peace, Martin.

  28. Irene, Mathias, Stefan and Thomas – our thoughts and condolences are with you all. We are grateful to have Martin in our lives as a friend, and you were all so lucky to have him as your father and your partner. He will be missed. Stay strong and let his memory live on. Scott & Tania.

  29. The Brighton Golf Club express our sincere condolences to Stefan and Martin’s family.
    Martin was an active playing Member who regularly enjoyed participating in the BGC weekly competitions. It is with great sadness and regret that we learn of Martin’s passing.
    Martin will be missed.

    Kind regards

    Sue Williams
    Honorary Secretary
    Brighton Golf Club Inc.

  30. Although we didn’t spend much time together, Rob and I always looked forward to catching up with you Martin. Having a chat and always a laugh.
    “Wise beyond his years but young at heart” is how we will remember you. Rest In Peace.

    All our love to Mathias and family.
    Rob and Bec Pullia

  31. Martin, you were so kind to me and my family the 5 years I worked at Vincent’s. You were one of the best’s bosses I ever had.
    Go the blues

    To Irene, Sylvia and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Martin and Vincent’s was such a big part of my life. My thoughts are with you in this difficult time.

    Love Dustin Weiniger and family

  32. So sad…..

    Like many before and after me, I had the honour of working for Martin at Vincent’s for 9+years. Happy Times indeed.

    Rest Easy Martin

  33. Martin, What a wonderful life you certainly packed it in.
    Where ever you are I hope your spirit is at peace and you are either at the biggest dance party or triathlon. You are missed here by so many and it was wonderful knowing you for so many years, always with a big smile and warm embrace. Fly free now, I know you will be watching over your beautiful sons and family. Much love to Irene Mattias and family. xxx

  34. Martin, the many fond memories of adventures in years gone by will always be there. My sincere condolences to your beautiful family. May you Rest in Peace.

  35. Sharing in your sadness as you remember Martin. He was a lovely friend to me and I will miss him dearly. May he be at peace.
    With love,

  36. Sending all our love and support to the whole family, especially Irene and Mathias.
    May your soul be at peace, Martin x

  37. You’ll be deeply missed mate.
    You took me under your wing, made me feel welcome in a new city and formed a friendship and endless list of memories that will last forever.
    The memories I have will only get stronger, unlike my body which you introduced to triathlon… My trips to Melbourne and our dinners in the city will never be the same, but the memories will also never go.

    Rest my friend.
    Phil, Ding and Lilli x

  38. So very very sad to hear of Martin’s passing. Wonderful memories of such happy times in the past.
    Much love to the family.
    Carie and Graeme Plumb

  39. Martin, we will miss all the good times we had together with our boys growing up. Cricket and footy games, good coffee, footy tipping. With love to all your family.

  40. Martin, I’ll miss your warm smile, generous and kind nature, and a shared love for Ironman and techno. Hope you’re dancing in the sky my friend. Love Ange

  41. Martin,

    Your warm smile and ready laugh will be greatly missed.

    Heart felt condolences to your boys and your family,


  42. A very moving farewell to a good friend and father Sadly “gone too soon”
    Sending loving wishes to youMichelle and boys
    Helen. Xx

  43. Martin,

    whenever I think of you I still see that huge smile… so sad to never see it again

    I hope your family can cope in these hard times

  44. We are still speechless! Our deepest sympathy to Martin’s family, Irene and Mathius… many fond memories of a beautiful man.
    Love Debbie and Michael xx

  45. To all of Martin’s family, there are many, many, many of us who will remember Martin, not just fondly but with much love for all his generosity, humour and friendship no matter when and where our lives crossed. Love Janey Baby (Willy).

  46. What an inspiring life. Sincere condolences to your family Martin. You always made us smile. Rest in peace. x

  47. Sending you all our love and deepest condolences. Martin was a much loved part of so many people’s lives and will be sadly missed by his boys, family and his multitude of friends and people who’s lives he touched.

    Thinking of you and of Martin at this very sad time.

    Love Ross, Tania and family xx

  48. Such a brilliant service & tribute! What a wonderful life full of memories for you all to share. My deepest condolences may you all find comfort with these memories and keep each other close. Rest In Peace Martin

  49. So sad.
    Such a loss.
    Thanks for the good times, Unter.
    Much sympathy and love to the family.

  50. Martin, I have many fond memories of all our chats, many laughs and good times. Memories many in your life will treasure forever.

    May you Rest in Peace. Deepest condolences to your loved ones during this sad time.

    With love,
    Ana & Alex

  51. Ron and Graham you did Martin proud. His sons and all his family and friends will miss him greatly. The Old Hands will gather together when we are able to celebrate his life and tell some tales. RIP Unter.

  52. Sending our deepest condolences- what a fabulous man and impactful legacy he left. He will live on in so many with all the great memories and stories shared today.

    Much peace and love
    Pete, Kristina and Lila xx

  53. To Martin’s sons…

    We remember your father Martin, uncle Erich and grandparents Stefan and Rosl very well.

    We are thinking of you and your families.

    Franz and Gretel Wandaller and Families

  54. Martin,I will remember your infectious laugh when we went to the Espy.Your were dancing and having fun.Good bye and rest in peace.

  55. We have happy memories of a Christmas Day meal in your
    restaurant, many years ago! You were a great friend and
    mentor to our son Philip. Rest in peace Martin. Gordon & Liz

  56. Martin you will be greatly missed and all I hope is that now you rest peaceful. You played a big part in my life in my early adult years and I was blessed to have your care support and drive in my life.

    To Irene, Mathias, Thomas and Stephan my thoughts are with you at this time xoxo

  57. Martin, a gentleman, and amazing Chef, a kind heart, a great friend, a class act. We will miss you.

    Steve and Rosie

    1. Martin, a cheeky grin….all to ready to take the piss!!
      Always welcoming….coffee or beer and a good chat.
      Missed but not forgotten.

      Rest In Peace….


  58. Condolences to all the Unterwursacher family, Georgia, Thomas, Stefan, Matias, Erich, Charo & Max. Sorry for your loss.

    Martin & Erich our families have known each other for 3 generations.

    Martin may you rest in peace.

    Kerri (formally Wandaller), Matthew, Heidi, Eva & Zak Markovski

  59. Martin, you will be sadly missed by all that knew you. From me, thank you for being there and for all the chats, help & fun times. You had a huge heart and was always there with a smile. My condolences to the family…. Sending much love….

  60. Martin, your door was always open! Even though we weren’t in contact regularly, you were there when I lost each of my parents. You offered love, support and helped out any way you could. I’ll try to repay your generosity to your family in the days, weeks and months ahead! The world is a little less bright!

  61. I have worked for Martin for 24 years, he was a good man. In times of hardship Martin always showed compassion, kindness and understanding. He will be sadly missed by many.
    My thoughts are with Martins three boys.
    Rest in Peace Martin

  62. Martin, always enjoyed our chats over the BBQ at BPS, or at the various school functions. Good times, and you’ll be missed. RIP Brad, Carmel & the Girls. xx

  63. Martin we were so saddened to hear of your passing. Condolences to you and your family at this sad time. May you rest in eternal peace

    Love Michelle, Luka and Behin family

  64. We are so saddened to hear about Martin. Martin was a great friend that we have wonderful memories with – we love and miss him dearly. He was always so proud of his boys. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

    Love, Marijana, Travis and Rosa

  65. Martin you were our business mentor and our very good friend. Thanks for all the advise laughs and fun times . You indeed leave a positive mark of all who knew year and especially us, Rest In Peace x

  66. Our heart felt condolences to the family at this very sad time.
    Please know you are in our thoughts, and in our hearts.

    Ed & Diane Vitali & Family

  67. Martin, I would like to sincerely thank you for helping me and being there throughout the start of my career and at trade school teaching me hospitality as a chef in 1983 which I still am currently and to become the man I am today. Your strong personality and positive outlook inspired me and I am sure you have inspired many other people around you. My deepest condolences to your family. May God bless you and may you rest in peace my friend.

    Farshad Soleimani & family

  68. Sincere condolences.

    May you rest in peace,
    May you all heal the loss.

    Thoughts are with you.

    With love,

  69. Martin your father Stefan (who would have been 101 years old now) will see you again.

    Der Hergot werde dich schutzen!

    Condolences to your family.

    Lisa Lapadula (Wandaller), Domenic and Vincent.

  70. Martin was a Tri-Hard – part of a group that had its genesis around 1985 at the Batman Avenue Swim Centre. With Ron, Stewart, Maurie, Graham and large and growing bunch of others Martin ran, swam, rode, challenged, lambasted and laughed with the group for nearly 30 years. We shared everyone’s life journey through a generation of marriages, births, upbringings, happiness and sadness. There is no collective sadness greater than the loss of “one of us”. The time together becomes less through the years, but the bond does not wane. Martin was a mate and will be missed by his mates. Rest easy now mate.

  71. Martin, you were a wonderful kind man and a great boss!

    My thoughts are with the beautiful family you have left behind.

    Warmth and peace,


    1. Great memories of Martin both socially and riding. Years ago after riding to Balcombe Hill on many occasions we would arrive back at his place. He would make us an incredibly tasty pasta and amazingly whipped this up in 5-10 minutes Great conversation then followed with coffee and a critique about the ride discussing pedal technique, gear selection, equipment, energy foods and gels. He was always very generous and a pleasure to ride with. You will be missed.

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