Robert L. “Bob” Martin

April 19, 2020

Robert L. “Bob” Martin
U.S. Veteran

US Marine Corps

WW II

Robert L. Martin  –  in Woburn, April 19th, at ninety three years of age.  Beloved husband of the late  Ellen L. (Lyons) Martin.  Cherished father of Sue Ellen Holland, her husband George of Woburn, Robert Martin, his wife Linda of Woburn, Kate Martin of Woburn, Thomas Martin, his wife Meg of Chelmsford,  Ted and his wife Gina of Reading.  Dear brother of Hugh “Buddy” Martin of RI, Louise Buscemi of Woburn, Claire Murphy of Burlington, Dick Martin of NH and the late Marie, Rita and Frank “Chanka” Martin and Evelyn Love.  Bob was also survived by eight loving grandchildren, Sarah, Emily, Pamela, Kylie, Tommy, McKenzie, Luke, Alexa and one great grandson, Jameson. Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. 

Robert Leo “Bob” Martin passed away peacefully in Woburn on April 19th. The loving husband of the late Ellen L. (Lyons) Martin for fifty-five years, he was just days shy of his 94th birthday.

Born in Woburn, Bob was the son of the late Hugh and Anna (Dolan) Martin. A lifelong and dedicated Woburnite, he was brought up on Grove Street in the Rag Rock section of the city. He was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1943; a proud member of the United States Marine Corps and Word War II combat veteran; and a graduate of St. Michael’s College in Vermont, Class of 1951.

Growing up on Rag Rock, Bob was actively involved in many sports from a young age. He instilled the love of athletics in his children and participated in Woburn’s “Over 30” ice hockey league into his seventies. He continued to regularly swim long distances and play tennis well into his eighties.

Bob enlisted in the Marine Corps as soon as he was old enough to do so, in 1944. As a member of the 1st Marine Division, he would see heavy action during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. He was always extremely proud of having served his country, but also quick to redirect any praise or recognition to his fellow soldiers who did not survive the war. At the end of WWII, Bob continued his Marine Corps service in China before returning home in 1946.

In 1947, Bob enrolled at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. He would meet many of his closest, lifelong friends at St. Mike’s, and was very active in alumni events for more than fifty years after his graduation in 1951. After briefly living in Philadelphia, Bob returned to Woburn and began working for the insurance firm Improved Risk Mutuals (IRM) in 1953. As a fire protection engineer, he inspected the fire-safety systems of buildings insured by IRM that were located throughout New England. Bob would spend forty years with IRM, retiring in 1993.

It was at Barney Callahan’s Ice Cream Shop in downtown Woburn where Bob met the love of his life, Ellen Lyons. They were married in 1956 and made their home on Fisher Terrace a few years later. Mrs. Martin passed away in 2011. They brought into the world five loving and devoted children. All the children were actively involved in school activities and on the athletic fields. The Martins enjoyed many happy vacations at Long Beach in Rockport and always enjoyed going to the Wentworth-by-the-Sea in New Hampshire. In the 1980s, they started going to Cape Cod, and Bob and Ellen would have a second home in West Harwich for more than 25 years. They established a close-knit group of friends on the Cape and would return often. Both Mr. and Mrs. Martin thoroughly enjoyed ballroom dancing, and they could be found waltzing wherever there was a dance floor.

In keeping with his love of Woburn, Bob spent more than 35 years on the city’s Board of Appeals, spending most of that time as the Chairman. A man of deep faith, he also was a volunteer at St. Anthony’s Parish for more than fifty years. In addition, he coached a generation of youngsters in Woburn Little League, at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, and in various other youth sports leagues. Bob’s good humor, tact, and kindness made him an extremely popular figure in many civic activities throughout the city.

If you ever met Bob Martin, then you remembered him. His Irish charm and gregarious personality could put anyone at ease, and he could spread smiles wherever he went. To be his relative or friend was indeed to possess a great gift. Always a gentleman, his life serves as a shining example of love, faith, and service that has left an indelible mark on his family, friends, and community.

Bob is survived by his children, Sue Ellen Holland and her husband George, Robert L. Martin Jr. and his wife Linda, and Kate Martin, all of Woburn; Thomas Martin and his wife Meg of Chelmsford; and Edward “Ted” Martin and his wife Gina of Reading. He was the dear brother of Hugh “Buddy” Martin of RI, Louise Buscemi of Woburn, Claire Murphy of Burlington, Dick Martin and his wife Madeline of NH, and the late Marie, Rita, and Frank “Chanka” Martin, and Evelyn Love. Bob is also survived by eight loving grandchildren, Sarah O’Donnell, Emily Holland, and Pamela Holland; Kylie Carlson and Tommy Martin; and McKenzie Martin, Luke Martin, and Alexa Martin; and one great-grandson, Jameson O’Donnell.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Martin’s memory to St. Michael’s College, One Winooski Park, Colchester, Vermont 05439.

Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. 

 

Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. 

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  1. Frank McCall

    Dear Sue Ellen, Bob, Kate, Tom, and Ted,

    I was so sorry to hear about your dad. He was such a good friend to my dad throughout his life. My dad often spoke of their friendship and his admiration for your father’s service to our country during WWII and to our city of Woburn. Please know that I am thinking of you during this time.

    Frank McCall, Jr.

  2. Maura McGuerty (Varney)

    Sue Ellen, Bobby, Kate, Tommy and Ted,

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad, my godfather. I have many great memories of your dad including going to Weafer park where he coached Little League with my dad. In later years, I was always very appreciative of your dad taking the lead driving “the guys” around on a Friday to go somewhere to have coffee together. My father always looked forward to it. My sincere condolences and I wish you and your families peace at this time.

    Love,

    Maura

  3. Beth McGuerty

    Dear Sue Ellen, Bobby, Kate, Tommy and Ted, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. He was a wonderful man and great friend to our family and all that knew him. He was especially a great friend to my dad [Charlie]. I have so many fond memories of the times our families spend together, whether it was while our dads coached together, cookouts, vacations or those Saturday “kids field trips” he brought us on to give our moms a break. His energy and positive attitude was contagious. He was a wonderful man. My thoughts are with you all.

  4. Robert F Connolly Jr

    The Martin Family I had the privilege of being Mr Martin’s teammate for many years on the white jersey team. He was also a line mate, and talented hockey player. He told me that I could call him Bob, but I couldn’t, I was brought up to respect my elders and he was my dad’s age. I, and everyone that knew him, had nothing but respect and admiration for him. I’m sorry that the last few years of his life were not easy for him or his family, I hope that good memories of him carry you through this sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Sincerely, Bobby C

  5. Eileen and Shaun O'Brien

    Thinking of the entire Martin family today. Your dad was such a lovely guy. May his memory be a blessing and a comfort to you all. Sending all our love.

  6. Steve and Nancy Paris

    Our sincere sympathy on the passing of Mr. Martin. The Paris family has many many fond memories of Mr. and Mrs. Martin
    Thinking of you all
    The Paris’
    Fisher Terrace

  7. Noreen Kennedy

    Katie, I’m so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. May you sense Gods comfort at this time. God bless you and your family. Love, Noreen Bean

  8. Mr. Martin, I am sure those in heaven are now getting lots of laughs from all your jokes and your wonderful personality. We will miss you here on Earth, but we all have many great memories to keep you alive in our hearts! Rest in peace!!!

  9. Carolyn (McCall) Taranto

    The McCall Family is so sorry for your loss. Your dad was great friend to our dad Frank McCall.

  10. Carolyn Cribbie

    Sue Ellen, Kate, and family,
    May your many great memories stay with you and keep him alive in your hearts.
    Carolyn (MacFarland) Cribbie

  11. Bernie and I are so sorry for your loss. When I first started skating in the Over 30 Hockey League I was warmly welcomed by my new teammate, your Dad. He was just the nicest man, and of course we knew all the same Woburn crowd. A great spirit and lots of fun. And he was an amazing player, the best of the older guys. He scored his share of goals and as a 32 year old, I’d crow “I want to be Bobby Martin when I’m 65!”
    Everyone in the league really respected and loved Bob.

  12. THOMAS L CARBONE

    Tom and the entire Martin family,

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. He was a great guy ( The Mr Brady of the Neighborhood) Still remember all the rides to school and early morning Hockey practices and the Boys Club !!!

    Condolences from the entire Carbone family to yours

  13. So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. My Mom sends her deep condolences. May his memory be a blessing for you all.

    Marcia Flaherty Smith and Eileen S Flaherty and family

  14. Lorinda McCabe

    My deepest condolences to Kate and the entire Martin family in this difficult time. May your many fond memories bring you some solace.

  15. Kate and the entire Martin family, I am so sorry for your loss. He sounded like an incredible man. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  16. George Mclaughlin

    Tom and Meg I am so sorry for your loss. If you need anything please let me know. This is never easy.

  17. Sue Ellen, Bobby, Kate, Tommy, Ted and Families: My condolences on the loss of your Dad. He was always a great neighbor and all-around great guy. I miss the conversations we used to have while we were out doing yard work (or pushing cars up the hill during snowstorms!).

  18. Dear Sue Ellen, Bob, Kate, Tom, Edward and all of your family,

    We send our deepest sympathy and are so sorry we cannot be there with you now. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend, but his family always came first.

    The Leen Family

  19. So very sorry to hear of the passing of your father….My thoughts and prayers are with all of you…

  20. Barbara Landino

    To the Martin family my thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for the loss of your Dad.

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