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 www.holmes-watkinsfuneralhomes.com.