November 15, 2023


THOMAS J. “TOM” MARTIN III. –   of Woburn and Gloucester, passed away suddenly, November 15th at the age of eighty-three. The beloved husband of Marcia (Lux) Martin, he was eighty three years of age.  Cherished Dad of Kimberly A. Martin of Woburn, Stephanie L. Martin of GA, Andrea Chute, her husband Charles of Woburn and the late Jill E. Martin.  Dear brother of the late William Martin and Anne Connolly.  Devoted grandfather of Matthew and Tyler Berry, Emma and Isabella Zuniga Martin,  Connor,  Delaney and Gavin Chute.  Tom is also survived by loving cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of many dear friends.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to a  Funeral Mass that will be Celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, November 21st, at 11:30 a.m.  Internment is private. Remembrances may be made in honor of Tom, to the Winning Home Inc., P.O.  Box 1308, Concord, MA,  01742.

Thomas “Tom” James Martin III was born to his loving parents, Adaline and Tom, on May 6, 1940. Tom joined his big sister Anne in their Woburn, Massachusetts, home and welcomed his little brother Bill not long after. Compared to many Irish Catholics at the time, they were a little family, but what they lacked in numbers they made up for in love and laughter.

Tom graduated from Woburn High School before earning a degree in Finance and Insurance from Northeastern University. After college he returned to Woburn to join his dad as the third generation in the family’s home heating business. Tom would succeed his dad and run the successful business until his retirement.

Tom spent the summers of his youth in Essex and Gloucester where at the young age of 15 he met the girl, Patty Dennen, who would become his wife. He and Patty married soon after they graduated from college when they settled in Woburn. Not longafter that they welcomed three beautiful daughters to their family, Kim, Jill and Lee. Tom and Patty shared 24 years together before Patty succumbed to her diabetes.

Tom always said he was blessed to be loved by two women during his life.

The last thirty years Tom was married to his second love, Marcia Lux, with whom he shared the joys of extensive travel, life-long friendships, and so many wonderful memories. Through Marcia, Tom gained an additional daughter, Andrea. It was during these years that Tom and Marcia welcomed seven grandchildren to the family: Matthew and Tyler; Connor, Delaney and Gavin; Emma and Isabella. Tom was a proud grandfather, going by the monikers Gampy and Bampy, while supporting his grandchildren as often as possible, attending sporting events, birthdays, graduations, and even a quinceañera.

Tom’s home, with both Patty and Marcia, was always a welcoming place. To Tom, the more the merrier. Everything was “super,” even on his worst days. Life was to be lived. And if you were a bartender or waitress waiting on Tom, you knew better than to be “shy” while pouring a glass of red wine.

Aside from his family and business, Tom is perhaps best known in Woburn for his years of selfless service to the community.

Tom was a long-time member and past president of Kiwanis, leading its biggest fundraiser, the annual Rubber Ducky Race, for countless years. As thousands of rubber duckies floated down Horn Pond in Woburn, Tom could be seen on the shoreline smiling broadly, enjoying every minute.

Given his favorite pastime was playing golf, its no wonder Tom was a fixture at the Bass Rocks Golf Club where he served a term as president. To all who have celebrated your joyous weddings there, you have Tom to thank for overseeing the complete redesign of the club house.

Tom played golf with four buddies for over twenty years. The foursome “just had” to be the first to tee off in the morning, God forbid anyone slow them down. Whenever a member moved on, Tom was charged with inviting a new member to join. Good luck replacing Tom, guys. He’ll be watching.

Tom was perhaps most proud of his work on the Winning Farm Inc board of directors, where he served for 52 years. The non-profit charitable organization provides an array of services to disadvantaged children and families in and around Woburn, Winchester, and Lexington. Joining in 1969, Tom’s service on the board included 15 years as president.

Family. Friends. Community. Those were Tom’s priorities. They all benefitted from his time, energy, resources, kindness, and love. Their needs were always more important than his own. Giving came second nature to this man who in turn felt so blessed to be a part of it all.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to a  Funeral Mass that will be Celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, November 21st, at 11:30 a.m.  Internment is private. Remembrances may be made in honor of Tom, to the Winning Home Inc., P.O.  Box 1308, Concord, MA,  01174.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to a  Funeral Mass that will be Celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, November 21st, at 11:30 a.m.  Internment is private. Remembrances may be made in honor of Tom, to the Winning Home Inc., P.O.  Box 1308, Concord, MA,  01174.


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  1. Susan Lewandoski

    Marcia, I just found out today about Tom’s passing. I have not seen either of you in years but I remember Tom to be such a gentle person with a huge smile. Our sincerest condolences to you and the entire Martin family.

    Susan (Staaf) & David Lewandoski

  2. To the Martin family. So sorry to hear of Toms passing. Always a gentleman no matter the situation.He and his dad helped so many people back when no one could afford oil to keep warm.My folks would tell me they were lifesavers. After meeting Tom and doing work for him I realized what a great e was.RIP TOM

  3. Kim and family- we are so sorry for your loss. Keep all your memories close as they will help you during this difficult time…..
    Thoughts and prayers,
    Tricia and Eddie Tedesco

  4. Bass Rocks was a better club because of Tom’s friendliness and leadership. He will be sadly missed. My condolences, Tad Parsons

  5. Marcia and the entire Martin Family.

    Sorry to hear about your loss. My thought’s and prayers are with you all.

  6. From Costa Rica we send all our love and pray for the family.
    Un gran beso
    Familia Blanco Salazar

  7. Charles T Culhane

    Martin family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never forgotten they live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie Culhane

  8. To Marcia and the entire Martin Family. Thoughts and prayers to all of you. Tom’s smile will be missed but will live forever in our hearts.
    Lisa and George Carey

  9. Jane De May Andreotti

    Dearest Marcia and family… we are so sorry to hear the news of Tom’s passing. He was a delightful, kind, engaging man and I know he loved you all so much. His kindness and dedication to you all IS his legacy. Cherish everything about him and your time together… We are thinking of you all and sending our deepest condolences and love over the miles… Love to you all..,Jane De May Andreotti on behalf of the De May family cousins.

  10. Tom was a man of the highest quality. It is my great good fortune to have known him. Condolences to the family. -Kevin Burke

  11. Tom your presence will always be missed at the round table. We all had some great times together at Bass Rocks. God Bless you.

  12. A wonderful man. Father, husband, friend and gentlemen in every way. Those who had the honor of meeting him know his generosity, grace and humility. Thank you Tom Martin. Rest in peace.

  13. Sandy Ormes Palazzola

    Dear Marcia and family,
    I am so sorry to if your loss. Tom was a great man My condolences and prayers are with you.

    Sincerely, Sandy Ormes Palazzola

  14. Pam Goding Danca

    So sorry for your lost. He will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

  15. Dear Marsha
    I am totally shocked. Tom did so much for Bass Rocks and for me. He became a close friend. I truly loved him.
    Joan Schofield

  16. Marcia, Kim and family,
    May Tom Rest in Peace. He was a nice guy, a true gentleman and funny. I liked our second cousin connection. He helped me fill in the blanks with the Martin family tree.
    Jayne Lee

  17. Dear Marcia,
    I’m shocked and saddened to learn of Tom’s passing!
    I think you know how much I loved seeing the two of you enjoying dinner at the restaurants we both frequented. You both always brought back fond memories of when we met at the Rudder . His smile was just contagious and I will certainly miss him.
    Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    With deepest sympathy, Gino and Barbara

  18. Dear Marcia and Family. Hub and I were so saddened to learn about Tom’s passing. We are sending you are sincerest condolences and prayers. He was a good guy. Always made us smile.

  19. I am so completely saddened that the world has lost ‘Tom Martin’… he was such a warm and loving friend to so many. I will always remember the memories that our families had together… you always had a smile. Love you always and my love to Marcia and the girls

  20. Dianne Connor Carbone

    Marsha and family
    Shocked, saddened, heavy heart. So enjoyed his presence every time I saw you both. Always made me feel so special. That smile was also so contagious. So happy to have spent great times both here in Woburn and also in Naples with this amazing man. Such a loss for everyone who has had the gift of his friendship. Heartbreaking.. You certainly made a difference in this world Slugger.

  21. Jay and Daniela McGilvray

    Dear Marcia, Andrea, and family,
    We are shocked and saddened by Tom’s passing. He was a great guy, always a gentleman, and happy to be around when we saw him. Peace and Prayers
    Jay and Daniela

  22. Marcia,
    Words cannot adequately express how sad we are to hear of Tom’s passing. He was a wonderful, kind man who will be missed by everyone who ever crossed his path. Sincere condolences to your entire family.
    Love, Julie and Frank

  23. AnnMarie & Andy Caldwell

    Our deepest condolences to the family. Tom was such an awesome man, always pleasant and smiled whenever he saw someone he knew. Prayers to you all, You were blessed to have him in your life.
    AnnMarie & Andy Caldwell

  24. Dear Marcia and family ,we are so sorry for your loss. Tom was a great guy and will certainly be very missed.
    Sincerely with love Diane and Kenny

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