MARTIN, ROBERT E., SR., 82, of Lincoln, passed away at home with his family by his side on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. He was, for 53 years, the husband of the late C. Heléne (Masso) Martin. He was born in Providence, a son of the late George and Dorothy (Walsh) Martin. He was an air conditioning and refrigeration contractor for many years, and also worked as a HVAC technician for various companies before retiring in 1992 from GTECH, where he was a maintenance supervisor. He was a sergeant in the Marine Corps, serving in Korea during the Korean War. While stationed in California, he attended classes at UCLA. A loving husband and father who had many close friends, he was an especially devoted grandfather who umpired, coached, cheered for and encouraged his grandchildren, who will always remember his wonderful sense of humor and constant presence at their baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, swimming, tennis, cross-country, dance and theater events. He was also passionate about reading, current events, and sports, and was a fervent Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots and Celtics fan. He played several sports in his younger days, and was always proud of the one homerun he hit at Cranston Stadium. He was a former member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in North Providence, where he lived for 40 years before moving to Smithfield in 1994, and then Lincoln in 2007. He is survived by three sons, Robert E. Martin, Jr. and his wife Diane of Smithfield, Michael R. Martin and his wife Karen of Foster, and Thomas G. Martin and his wife Lisa of Lincoln; two daughters, Stephanie H. Armstrong and her husband Charles of Moodus, CT and Carol D. Redfield and her husband David of Marlborough, NH; eleven grandchildren, Elana and Hannah Redfield, Michael, Jessie, Daniel, CJ, Andrew, David and Laura Martin, Katie and Bill Armstrong. He was the brother of the late John Martin. Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours in the TUCKER-QUINN Funeral Chapel, 643 Putnam Ave (Rt.44) Greenville, Saturday from 9-12noon with a service to follow at 12pm. Burial will be private. Information and Condolences, visit TuckerQuinnFuneralChapel.com.
Published in The Providence Journal on Nov. 15, 2012