Martin TRUST
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Brookline, MA
TRUST, Martin Bras, Boxer Shorts, and the Boston Red Sox Martin Trust, age of 84, of Boston, Massachusetts and Palm Beach, Florida passed away peacefully at his home on September 12, 2019. For 60 years, Marty was husband and partner in life of Diane "Dena" (Kagen) Trust. Marty is survived by his children David Andrew Trust of Boston, Laura Beth Trust and her husband Alan Litchman of Brookline. Marty is the cherished grandfather to Samuel, Jacob, and Bailey. He leaves a sister Carol Cohen of Boynton Beach, Florida and is predeceased by his father Max and mother Rose of Brooklyn, New York. Marty was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended Brooklyn Tech before receiving a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union. Marty went to MIT Sloan School of Management on scholarship where he graduated with a M.S. degree. Marty was the founder of Mast Industries, Inc. -- a pioneer in global apparel manufacturing. He formed Mast with Dena in the basement of their home in Canton, Massachusetts in 1970, and built it into an international organization spanning a dozen countries. His company grew out of the basement and moved to Norwood, then Woburn, and eventually to Andover Massachusetts. Marty's contribution to the apparel industry and in particular the intimate apparel industry in Sri Lanka, led to the Government of Sri Lanka bestowing on him the highest civil honor of Ranjhana. Marty served as the Consul General of Sri Lanka for New England for more than a decade. At the same time, Marty invested seed money in many small, local companies such as Staples, Inc. when it had just one store in Brighton. Marty served as a director for Staples, Inc. and The Limited, Inc. as well as serving on the board of Virtusa Corporation, and several non-profits including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and The Cooper Union. Marty absolutely loved his work and spending time with those he worked with in business. His deep impact on the lives of his associates, partners, colleagues and friends world-wide is immeasurable. Upon leaving Mast in 2001, Marty founded another apparel manufacturing company he named Brandot International, Inc. where he continued his leadership of world-wide manufacturing with more than 40 joint-venture operations in 8 countries making everything from sweaters to boxer shorts and buttons to elastic waistbands. Among his most incredible ventures, in 2001, Marty was asked to join in the ownership group that purchased the Boston Red Sox baseball club. Marty treasured the Red Sox and what the team meant to Boston and its long suffering and dedicated fan base, Red Sox Nation. He cherished the 18-year partnership in the team that resulted in four World Series Championship titles. Marty believed deeply that education was the key to his success and was committed to giving others the opportunity that he was given as a young man. He has provided opportunities and access to education to thousands of deserving students. Marty provided valuable support to those seeking medical advances and breakthroughs and although Marty possessed no artist ability admired and supported the fine and performing arts. Countless organizations in New England have benefited from his generosity. Upon his retirement from Brandot in 2014, Marty enjoyed spending quality time with his children and grandchildren especially attending Sox games with them. Marty loved his family with all his heart, and he taught all who knew him the principles of hard work, education, persistence and philanthropy. No doubt, Marty will be remembered for his warmth, his dedication, his brilliance, his generosity, and his integrity. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The Trust Family Research Fund for Kidney Cancer at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, Massachusetts 02284 or to the Diane and Martin Trust Fund for Multigenerational Programming at Hebrew SeniorLife, 1200 Centre Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02131. Levine Chapels, Brookline 617-277-8300
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Published by Palm Beach Daily News on Sep. 15, 2019.
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I recently learned Marty had left this life. Mast was a lot of long hours, a lot of travel but a fabulous experience. Belatedly, my thoughts are with you.
Carol White
May 27, 2021
Dena: Very sorry to read about Martys passing. Only by chance I happened to google his name and found the obituary. I remember the first time we met. We were both staying at the YMCA in Manchester NH and I wanted to meet the person who had the foresight to drive a Mercedes 190D in 1961. Im sorry that we lost touch when Linda (passed away April 2008) and I moved to Maine. I have since married again and retired to Naples, FL. I dont know if you will ever read this message but I am so sorry that we never followed up as I now read that Marty did some wonderful things with his very successful life.
Your lost friend,
Larry White
Lawrence White
May 18, 2020
I grew up on Legion street in Brooklyn, around the corner from Grafton street, where my cousins Marty and Carol lived with my favorite Aunt Rosie and uncle Max. Max, as did my father, drove a truck delivering baked goods to retail stores during early morning hours. I still remember Marty coming home,going to bed, after working with his dad one time. He made sure to tell me(we're close in age) to study hard in school, and do something else to "make a living" I went to medical school and retired after a wonderful career as a pediatrician. I,msorry I never knew Marty as an adult What a gem of a man. Max And Rosie are proud.
Stuart Trust, Syracuse NY
February 5, 2020
As a fellow alumnus of Cooper Union, I knew Marty
for decades. I have an indelible memory of him, at a retreat for Cooper trustees in September, 2005...sitting in the back of the room, listening carefully to the grandiose plans of the president
of Cooper Union for fulfilling the Master Plan...
Marty quietly raised his hand and asked:

"What's Plan B?"
Donald Toman
December 30, 2019
Our most sincere condolences to the entire Trust family
Randi and David Zussman
September 19, 2019
At his most endearing moments Marty seemed like a Teddy Bear to me! I just wanted to hug him! We, at the New England Aquarium will be forever indebted to him and the Trust family for their support and contributions to the institution through the IMAX theater and the Trust Shark and Ray touch tank. Thousands of adults and children take joy and learning moments through these contributions-educating them about our precious and endangered oceans. We will miss him terribly and his lessons and dedication about hard work and education as trusted vehicles to success in our lives- whatever that may mean to us individually. May God bless him and the Trust family. Thank you. Fondly, Pamela
Pamela Humphrey
September 19, 2019
I came to know Marty and Deena through my Board work at the New England Aquarium which was the beneficiary of much time, talent and treasure from the Trusts. While I am very thankful for that, I am also thankful for the warmth, wisdom and humor that Marty brought to every conversation I had with him. What a guy!
Bill Burgess
September 18, 2019
You will burn eternally in our lives ... Thank you
Babita P
September 17, 2019
a loved one
September 16, 2019
Simple words on a page can not express the multitudes of lives around the world that Marty impacted. His vision, generosity of spirit and wisdom are unmatched. A true genius. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to have worked for Mast for 20 years. May he Rest In Peace and may the family find solace in the memories he created.
Elaine Clarke
September 16, 2019
Marty was a Phenomenal Man .. And I.had the greatest pleasures to.know him when he hired me . I WAS AND STILL am in Awe of him .!!! Your the greateat and thank you for giving me an opportunity of knowing you. You showed me how a leader can be compassionate.. . Rest in Peace as you legacy will always live on ..
Babita P
September 16, 2019
Marty was an incredible man. I remember my years working for MAST and his knowledge and leadership.
Doug Holmes
September 15, 2019
I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Marty. He literally changes thousands of lives, including mine. The key thing Marty gave all of us was opportunity and mentorship. I will never forget what Marty and Mast meant to me. I am grateful beyond words to have known him and for the opportunities he gave me. RIP Marty, you will be missed dearly.
Denise Abraham
September 15, 2019
Michael Chan
September 15, 2019
We are deeply sad Marty has left us. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Trust family. I was fortunate to have been part of the Mast family, you will be missed.
Minerva Calderon
September 15, 2019
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