Richard N. "Dick" Martin, Sr

  • Born: May 31, 1923
  • Died: May 14, 2019
  • Location: Maynard, Massachusetts

Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home

42 Concord Street
Maynard, MA 01754

Tel. (978) 897-7343

Tribute & Message From The Family


Loving Father, Grandfather & Great-Grandfather

Richard N. "Dick" Martin Sr., age 95 of Maynard, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Emerson Hospital. He was the husband of the late Rosemary E. (Ahern) Martin.

Born in Easthampton, Massachusetts on May 31, 1923, Dick was the son of the late Nicholas G. and Ella (Vincelette) Martin. He was raised and educated in Easthampton. Dick and Rosemary married on September 2, 1950. The couple settled in Maynard in 1962 and raised their family together. Dick attended McLean Hospital Nursing program and graduated in 1965 as a Registered Nurse. He specialized in psychiatric nursing and worked at McLean Hospital for many years. He also worked at Metropolitan State Hospital and the VA Hospital in Bedford, MA, retiring in 1992.

Faith and family were most important to Dick. He was a parishioner of St. Isidore Catholic Church in Stow and was a religious education teacher at the parish for five years. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Unity Council # 2212 of West Springfield. He was a devoted grandfather who treasured time spent with his grandchildren. He possessed a caring nature and was a thoughtful listener who loved engaging in conversation. He was an avid reader and could often be found engrossed in a book on his couch or front porch.

Dick loved to go camping with his family, especially at the family camp in Groton, where his summers were spent for over three decades. He also enjoyed camping on Newfound Lake and on Cape Cod. He was a skilled cribbage and card player, teaching many of his grandchildren to play as kids. Dick was a talented gardener, and, in his retirement, he discovered he enjoyed baking, especially with his grandson, Vic. He enjoyed fishing, both freshwater while at camp and fly fishing in the Berkshires in his youth. Dick was also a passionate Boston Bruins fan.

He is survived by his children Frances E. Hyden of Stow, MA; Richard N. Jr. and wife Gale Martin of Dudley, MA; Donald R. Martin and wife Melissa Carter of Alexandria, VA; David J. Van Nevel and wife Catherine of Gaithersburg, MD; fourteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Dick was predeceased by his daughter Paula E. Martin.

Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Dick on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home, 42 Concord Street, Maynard. His funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Isidore Catholic Church 429 Great Rd, Stow. Burial will follow at Groton Cemetery 242 Hollis St, Groton.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Sorry to hear Donald and David, from Jay Mike and Kevin Higgins.

Posted by Kevin Higgins - Santa Barbara, CA   August 19, 2019

We have wonderful memories of Uncle Dick growing up in a large extended Ahern family in Holyoke Mass. Uncle Dick always had a joke to share and a few good stories to make us laugh. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today as you celebrate Dick's life. We also remember Aunt Rosemary and Cousin Paula Martin.

Posted by Barbara Uchneat Pico - Woodbridge, CT - family   May 20, 2019

Just the other day we were reminiscing about Dick and Rosemary and their love for birds. Dick's dogwood studded with grandchildren. Rosemary's Christmas cacti - whose babies now flower here in Maine every winter. And Dick and Vic's kitchen, producing all those fabulous treats which, with the clap of the screen door, would miraculously appear on our door step. We feel privileged to call ourselves friends and not just neighbors; they will stay in our hearts as long as our hearts are beating. I know we are better people for having known Dick and Rosemary and their whole clan and our love goes out to all of you.

Posted by Dominika Spetsmann - Waldoboro, ME - Friend   May 17, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones. I'm so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was such a sweet man who never had a bad thought about anyone. RIP, Dick Martin. Thank you for your kindness & guidance, especially when my children & I lived beside You. You will be missed.

Posted by Mary Carruth-Backiel - Clinton, MA - Family Friend   May 17, 2019

Dave,

I'm very sorry to hear about your father.

Joe Molloy
Austin, TX

Posted by A friend   May 17, 2019

Frannie,
So sorry for your loss.
Vivien

Posted by Vivien Donovan - Marshfield, MA - Classmate   May 16, 2019

With a heavy heart we wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Ken & Karen Whitcomb - Boxborough, MA - Family Friend   May 16, 2019

Danielle, Mandy and the whole lovely Hyden family, our condolences and you are lucky to have had so many great years together.. Kate H. & Tom T.

Posted by Kate Hoffman - Abington, MA - Friend   May 16, 2019

Our deepest sympathies during this difficult time.

Posted by Kathy and Dean Demers - Quinebaug, CT - Acquaintance   May 16, 2019


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