ANGELO J. MARTIN BURLINGTON - Monday, Jan. 31 marked the passing of an incredible person, friend and confidant. Angelo James Martin, known to the world as A.J., was a friend to an army of people. Born in Barcelona, Spain on Oct. 6, 1959, and adopted by Mr. Albert James Martin and Mrs. Frances Chrapowicki Martin. After his earliest years were spent in Pennsylvania, the family moved to Oakland, Calif., where A.J. spent his elementary and middle school years. Later, his family moved to Florida, where A.J. spent his high school years in military school. A.J., however, never finished high school in his haste to join the military. After spending his early years as a man in the army, he was honorably discharged and returned to the US to live in Florida. After experiencing the wonders of Jerry Garcia, he headed out for an extended tour with the Grateful Dead. During three years of being a force of positivity in the lives of thousands, A.J. had two children with Lara Hoyt, of the names Sarah Anne MaCleod and Cody James MaCleod. After moving to Vermont in 1995, he eventually married Angel Lee, and fathered a third child, Keighla Martin. A.J. walked his dog first thing every morning, as an early riser he always embraced the day. He was a man who refused to prejudge people even as others, at times, misunderstood him. Always there to help any who had fallen, A.J. was a kind generous man, who people flocked to. Because of this, A.J. had an amazingly diverse mass of friends from all walks of life. A.J. will be remembered by thousands as an honest trustworthy person, who could always keep the personal quiet and be relied on for sagely, straight forward, thoughtful advice. In the end, he was watched over by friends and his current girlfriend of two years, Ellie Joy Richardson. He will be sorely missed by countless individuals, friends, and lovers. The memorial will be held Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at Elmwood-Meunier Funeral Home, 97 Elmwood Ave. The burial will be held on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 1:30 p.m. at Lakeside Cemetery. All donations can be made to Elmwood-Meunier Funeral Home. There will be a fundraising memorial of A.J.'s life at Slidebrook Lodge in Warren on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

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Published by The Burlington Free Press on Feb. 8, 2011.
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Amanda Smith
February 28, 2011
AJ you were such a great person although i didn't know you as well as I would have liked to have, we always said hello to eachother in passing through the years since Ive been in Burlington summer 05 and had many many common friends that we both met through out the years, Church Street will never be the same, the gaping whole where you filled in with courtesy, joy, and kind spirit will be sorely missed, I am very thankful for the day you were walking home and stopped the fight that had started between my boyfriend me, and the other two on N. Winooski...You were always there to brighten or save the day or to just give guidence in a ridiculous situation. Much love and lots of smiles, always remembered and never forgoten AJ...Erin & Mark
Erin Baker
February 28, 2011
I met A.J. in 1997 when I was just a kid. I have to say, he was mesmerizing, interesting, and highly individual. He pissed me off and made me cry once, but he was always a friend, and he taught me a hell of a lot. Bye, A.J.

Love, Hilary
February 14, 2011
Everything everyone says is very true. AJ was one of the nicest and kindest and most sincere people we have ever met. We have many good memories of time spent with him. He was always happy and kind. He was very giving and a loyal friend. We feel very blessed to have been able to spend the time we did with him.
He was a blessing on this earth and a one of a kind soul. Hope you realize what a impact you made on all the lives you touched throughout your years.
You will be very missed by many and we just hope you look down on us from up above...
wednesday & darryl
February 13, 2011
I met AJ when I was nineteen, and moved in the flat above his in the house on N. Winooski Ave ten years ago. On my 21st birthday, he took me outside and wailed on me twenty-one ties with a bamboo sword, then he took me out and spent a hundred dollars on a pub crawl that ended at the Three Needs, where I drank myself sober. Its a feat I have never repeated since. AJ taught me a lot of lessons that I apply in my life. A lot of my attitudes stem from my experiences with him. I wish time and circumstance didn't distance us these many years, but we had to grow apart. Nevertheless, I was blessed to know him, Lara (RIP sweetheart), his children, and Scooby. I miss that dog terribly.
For good or for ill, it cannot be denied that he was a living legend. Church Street, Burlington, and every shakedown in every festival will never again see someone of his like and stature. He'll forever be standing on the moon, until it crashes into the earth.
Formerly known as Skinny
February 10, 2011
I didn't know AJ as long or as well as I would have liked, but I will never forget his strong infectious laugh. He helped me many times when nobody else could, and for that i am forever grateful! Thank you, AJ!

Though he was taken from us much too early, I am glad he is no longer suffering any pain he may have had towards the end. My thoughts, best wishes, and positive vibes go out to Eliie and Baloo, as well as his many friends and family. Peace be with him and all of us.

To begin the healing process I suggest you listen to some Dead asap. Let his inspiration flow...
Cheers old friend, I'll miss you.
Andy Y
February 10, 2011
A.J was one of a kind here in Burlington. A big heart and always out helping others. If you were stranded, he would take you in until you got on your feel again. We will miss you and keep the spirits going. I always remember scooby always by your side Love you A.J.
February 9, 2011
through all the thick and thin Aj seemed to always have the best advice anyone could ever give. I remember the first time we met, in the middle of city hall park, scooby by his side ( with his sunglasses on) and everyone just happy. Through all the hard times and the high lights, you always reminded me to keep focused, and live life for what it is worth. I know that you are pain free now and in a peaceful place, walking scooby through the crowds of all the wonderful people that we all miss and love.
AJ you were a mentor for me and I will always remember you.
Joe Steinhart
February 9, 2011
AJ. You will always be in my heart and soul. The last time we really hung out was about two years ago. I wish I had seen you more recently and gotten to say a last goodbye. You are an amazing person. See you soon!
February 9, 2011
the first person I met when i got here and boy am i happy it worked out that way. you were a great man and a wonderful spirit. you will be sincerely missed
February 9, 2011
AJ you were one o the greatest human beings ive ever had the pleasure of encountering in my life.u shall never leave my heart and remember all our good me n kelly.what a blast huh?ill see u up there s ome day kid n we'll puff on a cloud 2gether.i love n miss you sooooo much.have fun up there angel. love ZOE!
February 9, 2011
Safe journey, good man
February 9, 2011
I never got to say goodbye! you were not supposed to go yet! But i hope you and scooby are finally together again! FUN TIMES!! Thank you for being there for me through fun times and scary times too!! we love you AJ!
February 9, 2011
AJ I met you 8 years ago sitting on Church St with Scooby. He was just a puppy and you struck me as such a kind and interesting man. You always brought a smile to my face whenever I saw you and you always took the time to stop and chat for awhile. You became good friends with both my daughters and a mentor to them when they needed it. I will miss your presence. My heart and prayers goes out to Ellie,your family and loved ones.
Barbara Oliver
February 9, 2011
AJ where are you?I have'nt seen much of my friend these past few years .I guess I just slowed down,you rarely did .No matter what event I came out of my shell to attend it seemed there you were,in fact I was more suprised that you weren't.You lifted my spirit and were a reminder of how its supposed to be .I'm sure the next show I attend I'll be looking for you as usual and as usual I'll find you in the hearts of everyone who's felt that to much of everything is just enough .You have changed us all thank you
February 9, 2011
i didnt know aj as well as some but i know that he was a good, kind man. he will be missed by many. im sure he is walking scooby in heaven right now.
February 9, 2011
I met AJ 12 years ago when I was 19 years old and new to VT. We quickly became friends and he frequently taught me lessons about life, love and happiness. He was known to grab me by the shirt and remind me to stay focused and keep working hard. I can honestly say, a lot of people tried to give me that advice and most of the time it didnt stick but AJ was different, I listened to him, I trusted him and he believed in me. I thank him for his love and support over the years. I'm sad to see him leave this world but I know his spirit will not fade away!
M Buccilli
February 8, 2011
AJ, I love you forever and always. Thanks to everyone who is giving me all this well-needed support. Sarah, you're father loved you too, you and Cody and Keighla were always on his mind.
Ellie Richardson
February 8, 2011
I met AJ when I was 16. He was a friend, roomate, big brother, mentor, shared so many experiences with me, and I loved and cared for him deeply. He was an instrumental part of my life when I was younger.
Sarah (his daughter), I met you and your brother when you were both little, and while you may not remember me, I remember his love for you and your brother, and I remember your dear lovely mother as well. My heart goes out to you, and to all of us who are grieving the loss of this man who meant so very much to so many of us. I am blessed to have known him for 14 years, and am Forever Grateful for the impact he made on my life and the time and memories that I carry with me.
The last time that I saw him he gave me one of his truly spectacular hugs and we chattered. He made a point of telling me how very proud he was of me and the things that I am doing with my life, and of the woman I have become. I say this not out of vanity but because it meant a lot to me as he has known me since I was a young teenager, and seen me grow over the years. He was always a caring, funny, cantankerous (at times, and mostly in a funny way), and beautiful soul. I will never forget him, and am very saddened that he is no longer with us physically.
Much Love and Forever Grateful.
February 8, 2011
Ellie you are in my prayers, hope all is well with you... What can I say... This world will definitely be a different world without AJ... At least now AJ is not suffering anymore..
Heather MacDonald
February 8, 2011
I met you 10 years ago and you left an impression since then. AJ, you will always hold a place in my heart. You were a legendary person. I am sending my love to all family members for their loss of AJ. Much love AJ.
Chrissy Alden
February 8, 2011
We love you Ellie Stay strong and sending you prayers of stregth!!!!!
February 8, 2011
AJ was one of a last few of true peaceful warriors,,,he was a walking talking lesson in life we will miss you ....the world grows a little bit colder now,,,lets try to warm it up !!!we will miss you.
st. stephen
February 8, 2011
Very nice obit, very well said. I had only known AJ for the past couple of years but he will leave a huge hole in our lives! RIP my friend. To Ellie - I'm so sorry for your loss, please let us know if there is anything that we can do for you and Ballou (sp?). Anne-Marie Bessette and Dan Catellier
Anne-Marie Bessette
February 8, 2011
He was my Dad and, even if we didn't spend as much time together as we could have, I loved him.
Sarah MacLeod
February 8, 2011
I met AJ many years ago in South Florida. He was a sweet, honest spirit who tried to find the positive in everyone & everything. It was hard for anyone to not like AJ, from the moment he entered their lives. It has been about eleven years since I last saw AJ, when he married Angel. It was a sad day when I received the news from a mutual friend. Even though it had been so long since we last talked; I will always remember his sweet face and kind eyes. The Higher Power has a special angel in his company now. Blessings and prayers to all his many friends and his family. He will always live in our hearts. Rest In Peaces, AJ.
Bren Greene
February 8, 2011
To whoever wrote the obituary: Well said. I count myself as priveleged to have known AJ and have him share some of his life story with me.
February 8, 2011