Alphonsus W. “Al” Martin

October 21, 2008

Alphonsus W. “Al” Martin
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

World War II Veteran

ALPHONSUS W. “AL” MARTIN – in Woburn, Tuesday, October 21st. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy H. (Black) Martin. Devoted father of D. Suzanne Minghella and her husband Alfred C. “Rappy” of Stoneham, Carol A. King and her husband Joseph of Woburn, Jacqueline “Jacky” O’Neill and her husband George of Ohio, daughter-in-law, Virginia Martin and the late Ronald W. Martin. Dear brother of Patrick F. Martin of FL and the late William, Edward and Anthony Martin, Lenore Jeannette, Beatrice Murphy and Helene Kelly. Loving grandfather of ten grandchildren, Kelly Huff, Ronald Martin Jr., Sherry Kirk, Jeffrey Martin, Ph.D., Peter, Bryant and Patrick King, George O’Neill Jr., Michael and Cynthia Hamilton, seventeen great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, October 24th, at 10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington St., Woburn at 11:30 a.m. Calling hours Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Peabody. Donations may be made in Mr. Martin’s memory to Brigham & Women’s Thoracic Center, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115 or the the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Breast Cancer Research, 10 Brookline Place, West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445.

OBITUARY:

Alphonsus W. Martin, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away Tuesday, October 21st, at Winchester Hospital. The beloved husband of the late Dorothy H. (Black) Martin, he was ninety-two years of age.

Born and raised in Medford, Al, as he was affectionately known, was the son of the late Anthony and Margaret (Lannon) Martin. A graduate of Medford High School, Al worked for the Ford Motor Company in Charlestown before enlisting in the United States Navy during WWII. In 1944, while home on leave, he married his beloved wife Dorothy. They resided in Burlington briefly before building their home on Montvale Avenue. It has been the family home since 1947 and where they raised their four children and where both sides of the family gathered over the many years. Al was all about family and he was devoted to his children, his grandchildren and later in life his great-grandchildren. “Grampy” as he was known to his grandchildren, cherished spending time with them. As a family they enjoyed visits to the beach, traveling to Maine often to visit family members and he also traveled to Florida with his children.

Al was an employee of the Sun Oil Company for over forty years before retiring in 1978 at the age of sixty-two. He was a truck operator and his territory included much of the New England area.

He was a very determined man and always accomplished what he set out to do. He was a longtime member of the American Legion and St. Joseph’s Parish in Woburn and the Holy Name Society.

In addition to his wife, Dorothy H. (Black) Martin, who passed away in 1986, Al was predeceased by his son Ronald W. Martin, his brothers, William, Edward and Anthony Martin and his sisters, Lenore Jeannette, Beatrice Murphy and Helene Kelly.

He is lovingly survived by his children, D. Suzanne Minghella and her husband Alfred C. “Rappy” of Stoneham, Carol A. King and her husband Joseph of Woburn, Jacqueline “Jacky” O’Neill and her husband George of Ohio, his daughter-in-law, Virginia Martin, his brother, Patrick F. Martin of FL, his grandchildren, Kelly Huff, Ronald Martin Jr,. Sherry Kirk, Jeffrey Martin, Ph.D., Peter, Bryant and Patrick King, George O’Neill Jr., Michael and Cynthia Hamilton, seventeen great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, October 24th, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington Street, Woburn at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Peabody.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Mr. Martin’s memory to Brigham & Women’s Thoracic Center, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115 or the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Breast Cancer Research, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445.

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