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Donald "Dino" Martin



Donald "Dino" Martin, 79, of Bonita Springs, died in peace in his home on July 24, 1999. He had been a resident of Bonita Springs and Naples for the past 23 years coming from Mentor, OH. A native of Newport, RI, he starred in tennis and basketball at De LaSalle Academy and Georgetown University. During World War II he served in the US Army Corp. After the war he played guard for the original Steamrollers of Providence, RI; later to become the Boston Celtics of the NBA. He coached tennis and basketball at De LaSalle Academy for three years, then spent 9 years at Boston College as their coach. In 1952 he joined Kirkland Country Club in Mentor, OH where he was the tennis pro for 17 years. In 1971, he was ranked no 1 in Northeast, OH senior tennis singles and no 7 nationally. In Naples, Don won many senior tournaments held at Cambier Park. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and was a lifetime member of the National Professional Tennis Association.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 33 years, Bernice C. Martin; one brother, Patrick of the Christian Brothers; three beloved daughters: Christine Canedy, Barbara Husch and Nancy Rushton; four loving step-children: Robert C. Perko, Darlene Ann Grossman, Barbara Elliot an Denise Smith; and 17 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, July 27, 1999 from 9:00 a.m to 10:45 a.m. at Walter Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with Rev. Don Henry, officiating. Burial will follow in the Naples Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to Hope Hospice 9470 HealthPark Cir., Fort Myers, FL 33908.




Published in The News-Press on July 27, 1999
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