Richard A. Martin, of Old Saybrook, loving husband of Peggy (Baclawski) Martin, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday, April 15 at THOCC New Britain campus, with his daughters by his side. Richard was born in Madawaska, Maine on Nov. 4, 1937 to the late Armand and Lucy (Morin) Martin. He grew up in Elmwood, Conn. and graduated from Hall High School Class of 55. Following his graduation, Richard enlisted in the United States Air Force as a Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Specialist. He treasured the time spent serving his country and had a special affinity for the military and veterans.
Richard and Peggy were married for 58 years and raised their children in Berlin where they made many memories. Richard owned and operated Richard's Appliance Service which brought many friendships and lasting relationships. He loved his work and interacting with his customers and fellow repairmen. He was also an active member of the Berlin Lion's Club and looked forward each year to the Berlin Fair where he could be found working the Main Gate and the Beer Booth.
Richard was a true family man introducing his children to fishing, boating, camping, and yearly family vacations. His hobbies included bowling, horse shoes, jarts, corn hole, ladder ball, and basketball always enjoying the friendly competition. In addition, he was an avid Boston Red Sox and UConn Men's Basketball fan. Richard had a witty sense of humor that surrounded his kind and loving core. He will be deeply missed by his wife Peggy. In addition to his wife, Richard is survived by his children, Carrie Rametta and husband Bob, Brian Martin, Todd Martin and wife Laurie, and Suzanne Ferreira. Richard also leaves his eight beloved grandchildren, Alex, Erin, Hannah, Jared, Jenna, Heather, Gabrielle, and Alyssa. He is additionally survived by a sister Pat Gai and husband Bob, a brother Roger Martin, a step sister Nicole Condon and husband Rich, and a sister and brother in law Lorrie and Richard Pizzuto as well as many relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his son Gregory John Martin, his daughter in law Diane Martin, and his brother in law John Baclawski. Richard will be laid to rest during a private ceremony at Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Britain, with full Military Honors. The family will extend an invitation to family and friends to celebrate his life at a later date. Burritt Hill Funeral Home, 332 Burritt St., New Britain, has care of the arrangements. Donations in Richard's memory can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project
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Published by The New Britain Herald on Apr. 21, 2021.