Arthur J. Martini SchenectadyMr. Arthur J. Martini, 88, of 45 Merritt Drive, Schenectady, NY, passed away in the early morning of October 4, 2012 at his home. Arthur was born in Schenectady on April 16, 1924, the second child of Anthony and Therese (Nero) Martini. A lifelong resident of Schenectady, Arthur graduated with honors from the old Mont Pleasant High School in January 1942. Upon graduation, he began to work for his father's business, the A. Martini Coal and Oil Company Inc., until September 1942 when he entered Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY. During the fall of 1942, Arthur voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Army
, and was called up for active duty in 1943, serving basic training at Aberdeen, MD before being sent to Bomb Disposal School. As a member of the 79th Bomb Disposal Squad, Arthur spent time overseas in England, France, Belgium and Germany, where his main responsibility was to detonate unexploded ammunition and explosives. Arthur was honorably discharged from the Army in 1946, with the rank of sergeant, and continued his studies at RPI, at which time he met and married his wife, Marie A. Cintra, daughter of Dr. Victor M. Cintra and Alice Rogan Cintra, on August 23, 1947. Arthur graduated, with honors, from RPI in 1949, with a bachelor of mechanical engineering. Upon graduating, Arthur rejoined the family business. He was a very active member of the heating oil business, serving first as secretary and then president of the Mohawk Valley Oil Dealers Association. He was instrumental in the formation of the 11 county Oil Heat Institute of Eastern New York, formed in 1964. Arthur was also a very active member of his community, serving as president of both the Schenectady Lions Club and the Idaka Forum. He was an active member of the Rotterdam Elks Club
, the Knights of St. John Organization, the American Legion Post 1005 (50 year member), the former Laziale Society, Amity Hall, Colonial Manor Home Owner's Association and a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Arthur served as treasurer of A. Martini Coal and Oil from 1956 until 1972 when he became the president of the company. In 1985, Arthur sold the company to J.H. Buhrmaster, retiring to Vero Beach, FL, for the winter months, until 2001. Arthur is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Marie; his two children, Victor Martini and his wife, Kimberly, Mary Martini Faith and her husband, Peter; one granddaughter, Amanda Martini-Hughes; his sister, Lillian Rossetti; and various other cousins, nieces and nephews. Arthur was predeceased by his parents, Anthony and Theresa and his sister, Evelyn Marzetilli. Calling hours will be held Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Ave., Rotterdam. Funeral services will begin 8:15 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, followed by a 9 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 1255 Pleasant St., Schenectady. Burial will follow at St. John's Cemetery, Schenectady.