Martin J. Marino, Sr.
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AGE: 95 • Hazlet Twp.
Martin J. Marino, Sr., 95, of Hazlet Township, died peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 in Bayshore Community Hospital after a short illness. Marty was born in Jersey City and lived most of his life in Hazlet Township, where he was active in a wide variety of local civic affairs, both elected and appointed. He was elected to the Hazlet Township Committee in the mid-1980's, and had the privilege of serving as Mayor of Hazlet in 1988. Marty was also elected to the Hazlet Township Board of Education, and in that capacity supported the Hazlet Public Schools for years during its growth period. He was also appointed and served for many years on the Hazlet Township Recreation Commission, including a term as its Chairman. Marty was also appointed as a member of the Bayshore Regional Sewage Authority, and served as a local Democratic district committee person in Hazlet for many years. A member of the Matawan/Hazlet Italian American Club, Marty was honored as its "Italian-American Man of the Year" in 1995, and while ever proud of his Italian heritage, he frequently said: "I'm a proud American, of Italian descent." He was also a co-founder of Hazlet Cub Scout Pack #134 and Boy Scout Troop #134. Retired in 1985, Marty worked for over 30 years as general traffic manager for A-P-A Transport Corp., in North Bergen. Part of a core group of trusted A-P-A executives, he was relied on by all the Imperatore Brothers for his knowledge of the complicated regulated rate structure on trucking by the US Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC). Known as one of the original "A-P-A Aces," Marty was known at work and loved for his spirit and feistiness, both in the office and on the company's employee bocci court at lunch-time. Marty graduated from Jersey City's Dickinson HS, and attended NYU, and was a graduate of the Greater NY Traffic Institute. Marty proudly served in the US Army during WW II in the role of combat medic, saw combat in the Battle of the Bulge and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. Off the battlefield, Marty was a "scrappy" lightweight boxer, providing a much needed respite to his follow soldiers.
He is predeceased many years ago by his first wife, Josephine (Morra) Marino, RN, who was a local public health nurse. Marty was also most recently predeceased by his second wife of over 50 years, Lucy (Grucci) Marino, who died in 2007. He is survived by 8 children, Angela Pinto of Whiting, Joann Dinan and her husband Richard Dinan of Middletown, Maryanne Krenz, RN of Lincroft, Martin J. Marino, Jr., RN and his husband Matthew J. Philbin, CPA of Asbury Park, Ronald Napurano and his wife Georgine of Smithtown, NY, Philip Traina of Lincroft, Michael Traina of Wall and Vincent Traina of Plainsboro. Marty is also predeceased by 4 brothers and 2 sisters and has 1 surviving sister, Frances (Marino) Infantilino and her husband Anthony of Union. Marty and his wife Lucy had the blessing in their retirement years of spending time with their cherished grandchildren, Carl Chimenti and his wife Colette, Richard Dinan and his wife Karen, Michelle Bartolotti and her husband Andrew, Courtney Montgomery and her husband Brent, Nicholas, Carter and Cameron Traina, Stephen and Matthew Krenz, and their adored great grandchildren, Carlie, Jo-Carlo, Christopher, Justin, Lauren, Cole and Rylie.
Family and friends are invited to visit on Sunday, August 24th from 2 to 4 & 7 to 9 PM and Monday, August 25th from 8:15 to 9 AM at the Shore Point Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3269 State Rt. 35 N, Hazlet. Mass of Christian Burial Monday, August 25th at 9:30 AM at Holy Family R.C. Church, Union Beach. Entombment, St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum, Keyport. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Hazlet Township First Aid & Rescue Squad, 19 Maple Dr., Hazlet or Interfaith Services ("Meals on Wheels"), Red Bank. For information, directions or to send condolences to the family, visit, www.shorepointfh.com.
Shore Point Funeral Home and Cremation Services
3269 State Route 35
Hazlet, NJ 07730
Published in Asbury Park Press on Aug. 22, 2014