Joao Martins 51 of New Bedford passed away Thursday June 28, 2012 at the New Bedford Healthcare. He was the husband of Carmina (Gomes) Martins and son of the late Alfredo Martins and Maria Goncalves Lage. He was born in Penalonga, Ribeira da Pena and had lived in New Bedford for 43 years. Mr. Martins was a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Church. He was formerly employed by the D’Agostinho Co. He was a member of the New Bedford Sports Club. Survivors include his wife; his children City Council President Steven Martins and Jonathan Martins both of New Bedford; his brothers Antonio Goncalves Martins of New Bedford, Domingos Martins of New Bedford, Jose Martins of New Bedford, Elidio Martins of Kentucky, Fernando Martins of New Bedford; his sister Rosa Martins Pires of New Bedford; many nieces and nephews. His funeral mass will be said 7am Saturday at St. Anthony of Padua Church. Visiting hours are Friday 6-9pm. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Flowers are accepted but donations could be made to the Dana Faber Cancer Insitute for glial blastoma research.