1948 - 2015
Douglass Funeral Home - Lexington
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Lexington, MA
MARTIGNETTI, Dr. C. Anthony Writer and psychotherapist Dr. C. Anthony Martignetti died peacefully on Monday, June 22nd at his home in Lexington surrounded by his wife, Laura, and his close friends and family. Piper, his border terrier, was also close by looking for Anthony to give him one final treat. Anthony had lifelong ties to the neighborhood, where he worked, wrote, and had long leisurely daily walks, and spent time with the lunatics and heroes he loved; the folks that made him Peet's coffee, sorted his post office box, deposited his checks at Cambridge Trust, and made sure points were added to his Lexx frequent diner card. He also loved to spend time in Yarmouth Port, the Cape and Islands, and Maine. Anthony was born in Medford on April 16th 1948 to Joe and Jackie. In his first memoir, Anthony's unique and much loved storytelling triggered hilarity and heartbreak in equal measures, with moving tales about his childhood there, his family's business in Boston's North End, and his family move to the 'sticks' of Lexington. He graduated from the Xavier School for Boys, Concord, with fond memories, and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in English at Holy Cross, followed by master's and C.A.G.S. degrees in psychology and counseling at Assumption College. Subsequently, he received an interdisciplinary doctorate in psychology and theology from Boston University, published numerous professional articles, and, among others, presented at the Harvard Medical School and the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. For more than 25 years, Anthony helped countless patients in his office right next to his home. His brand of compassion and caring also made him a mentor, guru, and father-figure to many dear friends. Anthony was a mogul of the local arts scene, and had a great ability to identify and assemble likeminded artists. He founded the Biscuit Box Theater Company and Souled Out Artists writers group, who collectively have been performing acclaimed shows in the Boston suburbs since 2002. He wrote and published two collections of memoirs that were endorsed by prominent American and British authors, including Jack Kornfield, Donald Ray Pollock, and his close friends Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer. In addition to his wife, Laura Sanford, Anthony is survived by his brother Michael Martignetti, his wife Yvette Beeman and sons David and A.J.; sister Carol Martignetti and her daughters Victoria and Samantha; brother Joseph Martignetti; sister-in-law Nancy Sanford-Blagg, her husband William James Blagg and daughter Danielle; sister-in-law Susan Sanford and her husband Jeff Waynik; brother-in-law John Sanford and his children Ross and Arden; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, and many, many friends. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Donations in lieu of flowers are to be made out to Tufts Medical Center. Please mail your donation, in memory of C. Anthony Martignetti, to: Tufts Medical Center for Hematology/Oncology Research c/o Kenneth B. Miller, MD, Associate Chief, 800 Washington St., South Building, 7th Fl, Boston, MA 02111.

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Published by Boston Globe from Jun. 27 to Jun. 28, 2015.
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We/I think of our Dr M often. He was more than helpful to my family during a very difficult time for us. He helped me and my children travel a road we never expected to travel with dignity and grace. Dr M was always there for us and a support I will never forget and always cherish. My/our deepest blessing now and always to him still looking down on us and all his family. Thank you dear Dr M, you will always be in our hearts and held closely.
Ruth Hickox Litchgield
July 10, 2021
I never knew you but I have come to love you through Amanda and her constant compassion and strength. You have saved, touched and changed many many lives. It's an honor to know of you, and I send my love and peace to your family. May your wisdom keep growing, spreading and healing. Thank you Anthony.
April 13, 2018
Dr Anthony is really alive In my spiritiual realm. I did and still do love him for all he has done for me. when I GAVE UP. WHERE IS HIS DOG as i would love to meet negatvie thinking almost got me killed and would have it it wasnt for his service to me and for that I dont know how to repay him . I will start by believing in me as I BELIVE IN THE AFTER LIFE IS REAL for him Thanks to Anthony and all that contibuted in helping save my life BRIAN OSLER 68 Washington ST Malden Ma 02148 Engineering is real
August 22, 2017
I will never know Anthony. I only recently learned about his life, and as I sit here, crying over this man I'll never know, I think about how he has affected my life in a positive way even though he is gone. I am so sorry Anthony. Thank you for all you have done. I hope you are happy where you are, that your pain has ended and you are subtly reminding those you love of the lessons you imparted, guiding them every day.
Kristin D
August 24, 2016
I am very sorry to learn of Anthony's death. I always dread flipping over those black and white post cards from the Alumni Affairs office, but today was a particularly brutal event. At Holy Cross, on Clark 2 and off-campus for our senior year, Anthony and his roommate, Bugsy, often formed the vibrant center of our social and intellectual lives. Stories regarding his many exploits and lesser eccentricities are at the heart of my memories of our college years. He was a tuning fork for divine inspiration. Reading his obituary, I realized that he continued to light up the world around him until his end. What a remarkable guy he was. I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Michael Connolly
October 27, 2015
I can not believe I did not know of this for I had even corresponded with him shortly before his passing, once again asking for his help and his offering it. Our wonderful Dr. M - he saved our lives, mine and my children's and was such a strong advocate for each of us.
May you all be filled with wonderful stories of a truly magnificently caring man. Blessings to all and to his wonderful Mrs. M.
October 23, 2015
Dear Carol & The Martignetti family, Victor and I were so sad to hear that you lost your
wonderful Brother Anthony: he contributed so much to mankind. may he Rest in Peace. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Cami Lampert and Victor Pitzi
August 11, 2015
Thank you.
July 27, 2015
To Michael, Yvette and the Martignetti and Sanford Families. Sending our condolences and hope the wonderful memories you hold of Anthony will give you strength in the days to come. Joyce and Tom Laidley (colleagues of Yvette).
June 29, 2015
Laura and family---I knew your love for so many years and yet there were years where I lost you both. Know that you are close to our hearts and that we will remember the life-loving, complicated, anxious, funny, creative Spirit that was--and is--your wonderful Anthony...
Elizabeth Marcellino-Boisvert
June 28, 2015
To Laura and Tony's Family my warmest thoughts, love and prayers. I had the distinct pleasure of having Tony as a student at Xavier High School from 1962 to 1965. He was also a cast member of one of our drama club presentations. Tony was a memorable young man: passionate, funny, tender, sensitive, loud, serious, loving, compassionate, and knowing, and, at times thespianic. I was blessed to have such a specimen of goodness and greatness in my English classes. He was deeply loved and admired by his peers.

I was again blessed by attending one of his readings at a hall in Lexington a year or so ago. I watched, heard and cherished his artistic achievement and his heartfelt reading of his short story. I told him so in a later email. I compared his stories to Dante's divine comedy and his Amanda to Beatrice. His response was delight at the appreciation I showed but disappointment that he did not know I was in the audience.

Tony will be deeply missed but his art will fill the vacuum. His touching stories will be his warm, beautiful and moving legacy. Thank you Tony.

With all my love and deepest affection,

Charlie Hegarty
June 28, 2015
Tony and I were friends in college, in the early '70s. I would type his papers and articles, which I was happy to do because they were a product of his fascinating mind. We used to go to films together, after which he would dictate reviews and I would type as he talked. He was always fun, and one of the most interesting people I've ever known. We fell out of touch after college, which I regret. I always knew he would go on to do important, creative things. No doubt all the world will miss him.
Wendy Reid
June 28, 2015
Many years have passed since I meet Anthony. His father Joe was proud of his children. My heart is sad for his family and all whose life his touch.
Marsha Goldberg
June 28, 2015
Laura, Family and Friends: Anthony practiced for years in the downstairs area of our house in Brookline. He joined our family many evenings for dinner and we became very close friends. Every year on April 16th I sent Anthony a birthday greeting and he and I would then exchange a few emails. I am so sad to learn of his death and will forever remember the laughs....the huge laughs...we had with him. Much love, Leslie Pearlman Breitner
June 27, 2015
Joe Martignetti
June 27, 2015
I only knew Anthony on Twitter & only for a short time, but he has had a profound effect on me & I am proud to call him my friend. There are no words that can ease the grief but please know I am sending all of my love to all of you.
Jenna Belding
June 27, 2015
I will miss you my forever friend. RIP
June 27, 2015
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