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MARTIN, Allyn F. Allyn F. Martin, 92, of Glastonbury and formerly of Manchester, beloved husband for 61 years of the late Eileen (Peckinpaugh) Martin died unexpectedly Tuesday, (November 16, 2010) with his family at his side. Allyn was born May 5, 1918, son of the late Ralph & Minnie (O'Neil) Martin. He grew up in West Hartford and was a 1941 graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and went on to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War as a communications specialist. Allyn worked as a graphic designer for many years and retired after 31 years from an advertising career at the Herald Publishing Company. A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Allyn cherished his family, he enjoyed making homemade bread, drawing, gardening and nature. Some of his greatest pleasures were time spent with the grandchildren he adored, or outdoors and fly-fishing, a skill he developed in his youth while trout fishing in lakes and streams with his dad. Mr. Martin is survived by one son, Paul R. Martin and his wife Isabel, six daughters, Maureen E. Jones, Denise Martin-Kerr and her husband James, Alison Hennig and her husband David, Stephanie Jeffcoat and her husband David, Patience Aleria and her fiancé David Schramm, Valerie Chiappa and her husband Philip. Other survivors include his son-in-law Wade Snow, his sister Dorothy Driver, fourteen grandchildren, Claudia Thornhill, Paul F. Martin, Anne McNeely, Amanda Kerr, April and Todd Hennig, Eric Jeffcoat, Nicholas and Wesley Aleria, Stephanie and Daniel Snow, Helena, Olivia and Joseph Chiappa, four great-grandchildren, Skyler and Darian McNeely, Kaleigh and Madelyn Thornhill, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son Allyn E. Martin and a daughter, Mary Snow as well as a sister Louise Martin and brother Edward Martin. Funeral services will be held Monday, (November 22, 2010) at 9 a.m. at the Watkins Funeral Home, 142 East Center St., Manchester, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Bartholomew Church, 45 Ludlow Rd., Manchester. Burial with Military Honors will be held in the East Cemetery Manchester. Calling hours will be held Sunday from 2 - 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. To sign the online register book go to

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Published in Hartford Courant on Nov. 19, 2010.
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November 26, 2010
Sympathy with very fond memories of my dad's favorite brother. Al is a good man. I wish peace to the family he left behind. May the fond memories remain with you all forever. Lynn Martin Cunliffe
November 21, 2010
Bill and I want to tell you we send our deepest condolences.
He was a good neighbor as well as friend and always had time to talk to us. We'll always remember having all of you over for Thanksgiving-we've had pleasant memories with all of you. Sincerely, Norma and Bill
Norma Kingsbury
November 21, 2010
To all the Martins,
You were a great family across the street. I remember my dad, Frank, learning to bake bread with Al. They also tried to see who had the last rose each Fall. Was there one at Thanksgiving? That was the goal.
I remember when your Dad added to my son's Christmas gifts with his talents by putting Station 51 on the Firehouse Frank made and Marc on the sides of his first wagon. Then after Did died how your parents invited Gertrude to watch TV with them in the evening- as mom said the most hardest time of the day.
Your Dad always was calm- even with 3 cribs in the bedroom. He never seemed to be in a rush and always had time for everyone.
I hope all of you miss Bretton Road the way I do- the neighborhood of it all. You don't find community today as we did then. It was a great place to grow up and your parents were a part or it. All of your girls and Paul were lucky to have a Dad like Al,
The big Humbugs daughter
Mary Petruzzi
November 20, 2010
A beautiful family, a beautiful man. You were right, Undle Al, your CT mountains weren't just 'pimples'. You made a wonderful impression on all of us. Thank you.
Sue (Driver) Pockrandt, Des Moines, Iowa.
November 20, 2010
A beautiful family, a beautiful man. You were right, Undle Al, your CT mountains weren't just 'pimples'. You made a wonderful impression on all of us. Thank you.
Sue (Driver) Pockrandt, Des Moines, Iowa.
November 20, 2010
Today my rosary will dedicate to Uncle Al. Sometimes we never know how others have touched our lives. As far apart as we lived our lives, geographically,and as infrequently as we had face-to-face meetings, never-the-less Uncle Al was an inspiration and touched my life in 3 personal ways.

Through Uncle Al, I learned the value of art as a career goal and was encouraged to continue painting. To this day, I enjoy making watercolors and using acrylics on canvas. In addition, I pay it forward by teaching many little children to also enjoy art.

Through reading the myriad letters that he would send to Dot, I learned the joy of hand-written communications, embellished with personalized illustrations. I now teach my students to journal, with writing and little illustrations. They find it a highly enjoyable means of expression.

And, lastly, Uncle Al just seemed to radiate peace and joy, whenever I had the opportunity to be in his presence. I remember Uncle Al as a calm, relaxed, cheerful man, who didn't sweat the small stuff. We never had long philosophical conversations, but I would just bet that Uncle Al lived his life from a strong foundation of trust in God, which allowed him to calmly weather the ups and downs.

No doubt, we've all been blessed in ways that noone knows! Rest in peace.
Chandra Driver-Tebay
November 19, 2010
To our beloved Grandfather, our lives have been enriched by you in so many ways. You were always there to keep us in line, make us laugh and remember that family was the most important thing. You were undoubtedly hard working, honorable and devoted to your family. We are proud to be a part of your legacy. We love you and miss you always!

Anne and Claudia
November 19, 2010
Heaven has gained an angel with more wit and charm than any other.
Mary (Driver) Holm
November 19, 2010
With deepest sympathy during your time of mourning.
Holmes Funeral Home Watkins Funeral Home
November 19, 2010
Sending regrets that we cannot be there with you, for the funeral, but want to let you know that our fond memories, sympathies and prayers go out to you in this difficult time.
Devi (Driver) Tate
November 19, 2010
I loved hearing all the Grandpa stories! He was a wonderful man and was loved so very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love, Brent, Kim, and Kailyn Colby
November 19, 2010
Patience, So sorry to hear about your dad, my thoughts and prayer are with you and your family.
Andrea Pallone
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