Martin J. Grasso, Sr, passed on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 at the Continuing Care Facility at Brooksby Village, following a long illness, at 86 years. His Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, September 13th in the Chapel at Brooksby Village, Peabody, followed by interment in Woodlawn Cemetery. Born and raised in East Boston, Martin attended East Boston public schools, and graduated from East Boston High School in 1944. He enlisted in the United States Army in January of 1945, receiving basic and specialty training at Fort Dix in New Jersey and Camp Pendleton in California. He was designated for assignment with the 44th Army of the United States and served in the Pacific Theater / Philippines with a tank battalion until the end of World War II, after which he was redeployed as a Staff Sergeant to Korea to assist in the logistics preparation for the Korean conflict. Martin was granted an honorable discharge from the Army in December of 1946. In 1948, Martin married the late Mary A. Mascia of Cochituate. In 1956, he began his career with the United States Postal Service as a mail handler at South Postal Annex in Boston, where he worked until his retirement after 30 years of service. In 1960, Martin and Mary moved from East Boston to Revere, where they raised their family, and lived until 2004, when Mary passed and Martin moved to the Brooksby Village Community. Martin became a vital and energetic resident at Brooksby. He was responsible for the implementation of year-round Bocce courts for the residents, which he and other residents worked so tirelessly to create and sustain. Martin was also a member of the Brooksby Chapel Choir, singing weekly with the group at Sunday masses. Martin was the cherished father of Maria P. Grasso of Marblehead, Martin J. Grasso, Jr. and his wife Lucy of Swampscott, and Marcia G. Greeley and her husband Thomas of Burlington. He was also the devoted grandfather of Cassie Grasso Ryan and her husband Kieran of Toronto, Canada, Julia E. Grasso of Boston, and Joseph T. Greeley of Burlington. He was the brother of the late Mary Cianciulli, Millie Blase, Barbara Panzini, John, Frank, and Joseph Grasso. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews. Martin was always known for his warmth, humor, and flair for joke telling by family, friends, and co-workers. He will long be remembered and missed, especially by his dear family and his extended family in the communities where he lived and worked. Remembrances may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Division of Development and The Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.
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Published in The Marblehead Reporter from Nov. 12 to Nov. 19, 2013