Henry A. Martin Jr.

April 22, 2019

Henry A. Martin Jr.
U.S. Veteran

US Army

WWII

Henry A. Martin Jr. – of Woburn, Monday, April 22nd, at the age of ninety-three. Beloved husband of the late Thelma J. (LeBlanc) Martin. Devoted father of John W. Martin, his fiancé Lorraine Bates of Northbridge, Kenneth A. Martin and his wife Diane of ME, Stephen P. Martin and his wife Marla of Magnolia. Loving grandfather of Stephen and his wife Jeri, Sean and his partner Adam, Adderson, Charles and Corey and great grandfather of seven, as well as survived by many nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, April 29th at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects from 9:30-10:30, prior to the service. Private interment in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Donations may be made in Henry’s memory to Wounded Warriors c/o The Boston Chapter 75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116.

 

Henry Allen Martin Jr., passed away Monday, 22 April, quietly and in his sleep, under hospice care at the Beverly Hospital. He was 93. Born in Martin’s Ferry, Ohio, on March 24th, 1926, to Henry, Sr. and Ruth (Polifka) Martin, he lived most all his life in Medford and Woburn, Massachusetts.

Henry left high school at 17 to enlist in the Army and fulfill his duty to his country during WWII. After crossing the Rhine River into Germany in March of 1945, on his 19th birthday, he was severely wounded in battle. As a WWII disabled veteran, Henry’s proudest awards were his purple heart and the Combat Infantry Badge.

In June of 1946, Henry married his childhood sweetheart, Thelma Leblanc, who he affectionately called “Kit”. They went on to have and raise three boys. Using his G.I. Bill he went on to graduate from Franklin Institute with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his career Henry was instrumental in the designs of different hydraulic nozzles and also developing a process for the hermetic sealing of diodes, which was a big deal in the day. Henry also has a U.S. Patent registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the U.S. Department of Commerse. He was quite proud of that. In 2005 Henry lost the love of his life, Thelma, to cancer. They had been married for 59 years.

Henry was a devout Christian but at times he seemed to worship the game of golf more. He was a good golfer and took the game very seriously, often remarking that “golf is life”.

Henry is survived by his three sons and their wives, John and Lorraine, Ken and wife Diane, and Stephen and wife Marla, as well as grandchildren Steve, Jr. and wife Jeri, Sean and partner Adam, Adderson, Chuck and partner Suzie, and Cori. Also, a sister-in-law Pauline Polifka, a special nephew, Tommy Polifka, and a very special friend and care-giver, Anita. He also has seven great-grandchildren, and many nephews, nieces, and great nephews and nieces.

A special thanks to the hospice group, doctors and nurses at the Beverly Hospital for their compassionate care for both Henry and his family.

A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, April 29th at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects from 9:30-10:30, prior to the service. Private interment in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Donations may be made in Henry’s memory to Wounded Warriors c/o The Boston Chapter 75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116.

 

A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, April 29th at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects from 9:30-10:30, prior to the service. Private interment in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Donations may be made in Henry’s memory to Wounded Warriors c/o The Boston Chapter 75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116.

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  1. Loretta Emerson

    I dont know Mr. Martin or his family, however I read he served our country and want to say thank you for his sacrifice. My father was part of the greatest generation too. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  2. Henry was a smart, kind and generous man. He once told me Thelma would be waiting for him and ask him where he has been. I enjoyed listening to him and share with me his thoughts on his life experiences. He had some game and I watched him make some birdie putts @ Woburn CC. Marty is with Thelma now and I was glad to have know him as a friend.

  3. I cannot say enough good things about Mr Martin. I was very fortunate to know him and live so close for 51 years, he was a wonderful man and fantastic neighbor. I enjoyed golfing with him, he would always give out many pointers and going out to dinner. I know my parents think the world of him, living next door for 60 years they spent time together often be it at the neighborhood reunion, going to cafe escadrille or sharing some wine and cheese, that Marty showed up at the door with. Honestly, our street is not the same without seeing him outside in the yard and being able to stop and say hello. He will be greatly missed by us all. He really was part of the greatest generation! God Speed Mr Martin!

  4. My condolences to the family of a great friend and neighbor. I always enjoyed talking about classical music with Marty. I have wonderful memories of him attending some of my concerts at the Boston Conservatory and elsewhere. My late parents always thought very highly of him as well. He will surely be missed

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