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Martin, Harold J. “Marty”

Harold J. Martin, known as Marty to many, a lifelong resident of Readville and Popponesset Beach for 40 years, died Sunday, August 26, 2012, after a brief illness.  He was 74 years old.  Marty was born in Boston, the son of the late Wilhelm and Martha (Strand) Martin. He graduated from Hyde Park High School. In 2009 he retired from the City of Boston Elder Commission where he had worked for over 20 years. Marty is also remembered from the old Ricco’s Tavern Bar, across the street from the police station in Hyde Park, where he worked for many years, as well as working at Allis Chalmers.  He volunteered for many years with the Massachusetts Special Olympics. Marty is survived by his wife of 19 years Carol P. Finn-Martin of Readville and Cape Cod; his sisters Thelma, and her husband Gordon, of Avon, Alice Rogers of Texas, and Marjorie, and her husband Rolf, of Seattle, Washington. He is also survived by his sisters- in-law Ellen Sweeney, and Nancy Webster, and her fiance Michael Ward, and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Robert A. Martin, William Martin and Caroline Loscocco. Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, August 29, 2012,  from 4-8 pm at the Folsom Funeral Home, 87 Milton Street, Dedham. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 am at Allin Congregational Church, 683 High Street, Dedham.  Burial will be in Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton.  In lieu of flowers donations in Marty’s memory may be made to the Massachusetts Special Olympics, 512 Forest Street, Marlboro, MA.  01752.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Mike Peters
    August 27th, 2012 | 6:36 pm

    Dawn & I are saddened by your loss. Marty will always be in our hearts for sure. Loved him & his humor. A wonderful honor to be a friend too. Dawn feels the same.
    May God bring Comfort & Peace to your heart.
    With Love!

  2. Ruthie Mason
    August 27th, 2012 | 8:23 pm

    So sad to hear of the passing of my Uncle Marty. I used to love to hear his jokes even though he told the same ones over and over! Carol, my thoughts are with you.

  3. Msrie & Bill
    August 27th, 2012 | 9:12 pm

    Marty – love you and will always miss your fabulous humor – you made us laugh so much on our Wedding Day –
    Love Ree & Bill

  4. Marie & Bill
    August 28th, 2012 | 8:58 am

    Marty – our pal – we will miss your fabulous humor – God Bless you – Love Ree & Bill

  5. Marie & Bill Pretorius
    August 28th, 2012 | 8:58 am

    Marty – Bless you – we will miss you terribly – Love Re & Bill

  6. Marie & Bill Pretorius
    August 28th, 2012 | 9:00 am

    God Bless You Marty – we will miss your wonderful humor –
    Love Re & Bill

  7. Diane Alexander
    August 28th, 2012 | 9:42 am

    Dearest Marty, I will miss your smile,wit and jokes.. Deepest condolences and prayers are sent to your family.. I believe God smiled as you entered his kingdom..Rest in peace my friend.

  8. Betsy Downton
    August 28th, 2012 | 2:23 pm

    Dear Carol,
    I am sorry for your loss. Marty was a firecracker for sure. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Betsy Downton
    August 28th, 2012 | 2:26 pm

    Dear Carol,
    I am very sorry for your loss. Marty was a firecracker for sure. He could keep you laughing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. August 29th, 2012 | 9:19 am


    Upon hearing of Marty’s passing I was deeply saddened. I instantly remembered his smiling face, his kind disposition and his genuine desire to make life better for everyone he met. Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of everyone at Special Olympics Massachusetts.

    Bob Johnson

  11. Sean Sweeney
    August 29th, 2012 | 2:27 pm

    Carol, the CO Sweeney clan’s prayers are with during this difficult time. We will miss Marty and his great enthusiasm for having a fun, yet giving life. Keep thinking of all those good times you had.
    Marty, we’ll miss you dearly, but … we also know you’re up in Heaven now enjoying the company of my Dad, Uncle Bob, Grana, Bampa, Davey, and many others. We love you!
    Semper Fi- Sean

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