Obituary of Ernest 'Ernie' Martin

ERNEST "ERNIE" MARTIN - of Malden, formerly of Woburn, December 22nd at ninety-two years of age. Beloved son of the late Henry and Mary (McElroy) Martin. Loving brother of the late Alice McGloin, Muriel, Henry and Freddie Martin. Dear best friend of Sandy McCowan of Danvers, originally of Malden and her son James McCowan of Boston. "Uncle Ernie" is also survived by his 10 loving and devoted nieces and nephews, 18 grand-nieces and nephews and 9 great-grand nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Friday, December 29th, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10 a.m.. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Thursday evening 4-7 p.m.. Interment in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington. Remembrances may be made in Ernie's memory to the Development Office, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114 or to the MSPCA, 350 S. Huntington Avenue, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home.

OBITUARY:

Ernest “Ernie” Martin passed away at the Bear Hill Nursing Center in Stoneham, Thursday, December 22nd after a brief illness. The beloved son of the late Henry E. and Mary E. (McElroy) Martin, he was ninety-two years of age.

Born in Woburn, Ernie and his family were raised and educated here. He was a graduate of Woburn High School along with the Class of 1943.

After earning his high school diploma, Ernie continued on with his education at Rittner School of Floral Design. Ernie’s family had opened a flower shop there in Malden, “Martin’s Flower Shop.” Being the youngest of the five children, he decided that being involved in the family business would be the best thing to do. He was no stranger to the flower business over the years as he had worked there with his siblings growing up! He remained there for many years and when his sister Muriel passed away, he decided to move to Provincetown.

Ernie remained at the southern most tip of the Cape and had worked over twenty years in the restaurant business; faithfully returning to Malden to assist his siblings at the “shop” for every holiday. Ernie remained working there right up to 6 months ago. His participation was somewhat limited, but he was still there every day!

All throughout the years Ernie embraced his Irish heritage. On the 17th of March each year, at the Cape, in Woburn or Malden there was a wonderful celebration for all those who were and those who wished they were Irish!

His outgoing demeanor, along with his very kind and thoughtful ways, Ernie shared many, many friendships along his life’s journey; his dear friend Sandy who was his long time neighbor from the shop; to Beata Cook and her sister Marian Goveia whom he met working with him at the Cape, have all remained very near and dear to him over the years, along with many, many others who knew Ernie personally or was a business associate.

All throughout Ernie's life he was a very religious man who shared a great faith. Ernie’s journey was one of kindness and sincerity, filled with abundant and unconditional love.

Ernie will be sadly missed by all and remembered for his extremely generous nature, his courage to forge on when he needed to and his most unique sense of humor.

Up-a-baba…..

Sadly Ernie was predeceased by his parents and his siblings, the late Alice McGloin, Muriel, Henry and Freddie Martin.

He is lovingly survived by his dear nieces and nephews, Sharon Ford, her husband Ray of Billerica, Mary Burt, her husband John of Scituate, Carole Godfrey, her husband Don of Rowley, Maureen Furilla, her husband Ed of Plymouth, Kathleen Darbe, her husband Les of N. Reading, Colleen and Henry Martin of Malden, Eileen Uberti, her husband Jim of NH, Daniel Martin, his wife Nancy of Malden, Fred Martin, his wife Debbie of Stoneham, along with his devoted 18 grand and 9 great grand nieces and nephews.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Friday, December 29th, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10 a.m.. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Thursday evening 4-7 p.m.. Interment in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington. Remembrances may be made in Ernie's memory to the Development Office, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114 or to the MSPCA, 350 S. Huntington Avenue, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home.