RIOC Says the Community Has Lost Juan "Tony" Martinez to Drowning

RIOC, this afternoon, announced the death by accidental drowning of Juan "Tony" Martinez, a valued employee and a popular contributor to the Roosevelt Island Community.

According to RIOC's press release:

We are sad to inform Roosevelt Island residents and employees of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation that longtime employee Juan “Tony” Martinez, died this past Saturday night, July 28, in a drowning incident at a beach near Shirley, Long Island, N.Y.

Martinez, a resident of Manorville, L.I., was 53-years-old and a RIOC employee since May 16, 2000. He was the father of five children.

He was a highly-regarded employee and friend to many of his co-workers.

“This is a very sad day,” said RIOC Community Affairs Director Erica Spencer-EL who worked with Martinez on numerous projects and special events including the recent Fourth of July extravaganza, Roosevelt Island Day and the recent Good Shepherd Plaza plinth unveiling.

“He was definitely an enthusiastic team player,” she said. “He loved music, playing the drums, softball, baseball; he really enjoyed living life.”

Sean Singh, another RIOC employee, said Martinez’s personality was infectious. “He was always very easy-going, I never found him in a bad mood,” Singh said. “He was one of those guys who always would come up and say hello.”

Additional information about Martinez’s funeral services have yet to be announced.

If you would like to send a card or condolence messages to Martinez’s family, please send to Family of Juan “Tony” Martinez c/o RIOC, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island; New York, 10044; or via email to; SUBJECT LINE: Martinez Family.