John J. “Schultz” Martell

May 29, 2007

John J. “Schultz” Martell

JOHN J. “SCHULTZ” MARTELL – age 50, in Woburn, suddenly, May 29th. Beloved son of Dorothy H. (Rourke) Martell of Woburn and the late James F. Martell. Dear brother of Patricia Moriarty and her husband John of N. Andover, James A. of Boston, Cheryl DiCicco and her husband Steve, Joseph F. Martell, and Marilyn Clark and her husband David, all of Woburn. Also survived by several nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 1st in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. There are no calling hours. Donations may be made in John’s memory to Waverley Place, 12 Church Street, Belmont, MA 02478. Arrangements by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.

OBITUARY:

John J. Martell, affectionately known as “Schultz” by his family and many friends, passed away suddenly at his home in Woburn on Tuesday, May 29th. He was 50 years of age.

Born in Somerville, he was the beloved son of Dorothy H. (Rourke) Martell of Woburn and the late James F. Martell. He attended Woburn schools and graduated from Woburn High School with the Class of 1975.

At the time of his unexpected death, he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service at the Four Point Station in Boston as a mail handler, a position he had held for the past ten years. Prior to that he worked as a letter carrier in Stoneham and Belmont.

“Schultz” was an avid Red Sox fan and had been looking forward to attending Wednesday night’s game with his brother Jim. He enjoyed many happy times with his family and friends, and was very close to his nieces and nephews, all of whom adored him. He was an excellent skier and often pursued his love of winter sports in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Surviving in addition to his mother, Dorothy Martell of Woburn, are two brothers, James A. of Boston and Joseph F. of Woburn, three sisters, Patricia Moriarty and her husband John of N. Andover, Cheryl DiCicco and her husband Steve, and Marilyn Clark and her husband David, all of Woburn. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 1st in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. There are no calling hours.

Donations may be made in John’s memory to Waverley Place, 12 Church Street, Belmont, MA 02478.

Arrangements by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.

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  1. Schultz:
    Meeting you and our talking together on Sunday mornings down at Saint Charles at the 8:00 am mass will be a void in my life now. From back in the 70’s in school together until now we kept in touch and shared our thoughts and comments on so many various topics in our lives. You were truly a great man and a good friend. So often you spoke about your family and your mother that I do feel as I know them as well as I knew you. You are in a better place now. Until we meet again as I know we surly will; take care my friend. Bryan Murphy – Woburn

  2. I close my eyes and it is a warm afternoon 40 years ago. We are on Nanny and Grampa’s piazza on Albion Street in Somerville. It is all the cousins and we are whooping it up. As the sun warms us we eat ice-cream from the ice cube trays and drink orange soda. In the midst of this crowd is a blue eyed, wide smiling boy with freckles smattered across his nose. That is my cousin Johnny.
    Close by Grampa has an earplug in one ear as he listens to the ball game on the 6 transistor radio. Our mothers sit inside with Nanny. They crowd around the kitchen table and chat it up.
    Nanny has the victrola on and it is something from Frank Sinatra or Nat King Cole…The best dancer amongst us is Johnny. He could twist and shout from an early age and it was contagious. He could hoola hoop and twist us all to the ground. His gathered us all around with that magical smile and we loved every minute. I thought our growing up days together would last forever but life does not work that way. Years passed and although we did not see each other as much the connection was always strong. Part of that was because of our Johnny. He kept that endearing smile and sparkle in his eyes with every greeting and we knew our family ties would always connect us. He had his life challenges but they were never going to push him over the edge. He always saw the good in everyone and always took an interest in what was happening in your life. He remained full of wonder at the important things in life and he cherished what he loved and cared about. He loved his family and siblings and parents and adored his mother. He was good to the core of himself and never judged others. Johnny was such an exceptional man. He was pure and good and knew what counted in life. He counted his blessings and still knew what it was to be excited and passionate about :life and the people and things he loved. He was handsome but that smile knocked your socks off !! He was such a love and comfort to his mother when his dad died and was present for her and his family in very way and in their daily life. He gave his big heart and soul to all who crossed his path. I always loved seeing him and he always made me remember what was important in life. It was not pots of money of world travel or big cars..it was connection and love of family and friends. I am so sad and confused about the reason for his sudden death and absence and how painful this is for his beloved family and his Mom. I can only think that we need Johnny in heaven and perhaps he will be there to lend a hand and welcome us home. I do know that he is sitting in box seats with his dad, nanny and Grampa and my Mom and he is laughing and cheering as the Red Sox beat the Yankees yet again.
    Johnny, I hold you in my heart for always.

    Love, Love Cousin Deb Morrill

  3. To all of the “Martell” Family,

    We wish to express our most heartfelt sympathy. Having grown up with the Martell’s right up the top of the hill from us, My family and I have many childhood memories from your years on Davis Street. The news of Johnny’s death traveled quickly through my family, and we were all very shocked to hear of his sudden passing.
    Having just lost a brother not too long ago, as well, We know the pain you are feeling right now. One of the many things I looked forward to doing many weeks after my brother’s death, was to go on this website and read all the wonderful things people wrote about him, and all the memories people relived about him, it always brought a smile to my face. I hope all the many happy memories you have of Johnny will help you get through these diffucult days ahead without him him.
    God Bless You All.

    Donna (Ingalls) James
    & the rest of the
    Ingalls Family

  4. John, It was always a pleasure to work with you. You were a very brave and loving man who always thought of others. You were an extraordinary family man who did all that you could for everyone who loved you, especially your mother. Your strength and courage will live on through your loved ones and I will remember you for the spiritual and human love that sustained you throughout your life. My heart goes out to your family. I know that their hearts are broken. Susan Johnson

  5. Uncle Johnny,

    I am not sure what to say. I have a lump in my throat and in my heart that just wont seem to go away and I don’t think it is going to be going away any time soon. You were way to young. You had a presence that was amazing. You never got to meet Mia. I can’t understand it all right now. All I can sum it up to is that God needed your help. He needed your strength and light up there in Heaven for some reason. He wanted to spare you from things here on Earth, because honestly, your soul was to good for us. You never failed to have a smile on your face. Holidays simply won’t be the same without you here. Nothing will be the same. Please use your strength from Heaven to help us all pull through this; especially Grammie. We will take care of her, but she needs you. I know you are watching over us all. I know you are my Guardian Angel. We will meet again someday, and you will still have the same wonderful smile, and not have aged a bit. Someone needed you in Heaven, and although its hard to lose you here on Earth, I’m sure you are still accomplishing great things. I love you, Uncle Johnny. I love you more than any words here could express. Smile down on us tomorrow. Give me the strength to read in that church and not have a complete breakdown. I need your strength tomorrow. Help me to be strong for everyone – I’m going to need the help.

    Love you more than I could ever express.

    ~YOUR NIECE~
    ~MICHELLE~

  6. Uncle Johnny this is all still soo unreal to me..I had a dream the other night and you were in it you had on your blue bathrobe with a white tee-shirt and black shorts and a wonderful smile that i always saw on your face..Im sureley going to miss you soo much.I remeber the days you would be down in the basement watching the sox at night and theyw ould hit a home run and we could hear you yelling those days will never be forgotten..i remeber the birthday cards from you an dthe christmas cards as well..at this point im just not ready to say goodbye too you cause i cant becacuse this is still soo shocking too me and i know that god has a plan for everyone weather its verry unexpected or not but either way im still not ready to say goodbye you were a great person always cared about others.I know when my time is up later on in life i will see you again and hopefully we can talka bout the red sox and hopefully they will have won yet again another world series just soo i cant ell you all about it when my time is up I love you uncle Johnny may you rest in peace and watch over all of us and grammy as we are all trying to figure this out..”death leaves a heartache that noone can heal,Love leaves a memory that noone can steal.”
    I will pray for you everynight
    Love you always and forever
    Kristin

  7. Johnny,
    You are going to missed by so many people you will never know. I myself will miss the days and nights we spent talking about the Red Sox and how they are doing so good. I am just going to miss all the phone calls we had together i will be waiting for those. I know now that you are at pease and finally at rest. You were like a brother to me and I am going to miss that smile of yours. I just want you to know how much you meant to me and my family wwe will all miss you. I love you and will miss you

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