John W. McMartin

August 15, 1933March 30, 2021

John W. McMartin, 87, of East Hartford, beloved husband for 65 years of Jean Mae (Bissonette) McMartin, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Born in Plattsburgh, NY on August 15, 1933, he was the son of the late James and Helen (Byrnes) McMartin. John was a proud veteran of U.S. Marine Corps, serving during the Korean War and earning a Purple Heart. He worked for Pratt & Whitney for 35 years, starting as a tool and die maker, and finishing as program manager for international sales. He was a longtime, faithful communicant of St. Mary’s Church in East Hartford and a member of the Men’s Club. He enjoyed helping to run St. Mary’s bingo and cheering on the UConn Women’s Basketball team. Most of all, he was a devoted family man. John and Jean enjoyed their place in Stowe, VT and cherished many adventures hiking and skiing with friends and family.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, John will be forever missed by his wife Jean; two daughters, Julie Rogers and husband John of Norwich, CT and Jamie Bissonette-Lewey and husband Newell of Pembroke, ME and his five granddaughters, Jennie Rogers, Sarah Ferro, Katherine Startz, Emily Tyson-Jorgenson and Erika Farnlof. He is also survived by his sister, Maryanne Rector, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Ronald Rector and brother, Phillip McMartin. Special thanks to the hospice team who helped him through this final journey.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 3 at 11 a.m. at Silver Lane Cemetery, 1280 Silver Lane, East Hartford. Donations in John’s memory may be made to North American Martyrs Parish, 15 Maplewood Avenue, East Hartford, CT 06108. The D’Esopo-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford has been entrusted with arrangements. To share a memory of John with his family, please visit


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Grace R

April 19, 2021

Dear Mrs. McMartin, Jamie, and Julie,
My deepest sympathy on the passing of your husband and father. I have such happy memories of him during my high school years as such a great father and so supportive of activities from the high school basketball games to the Hockanum River cleanup committee. Your home was a wonderful place during those teenage years. May God Bless all of you and give you strength and peace at this difficult time.

James Vendola

April 14, 2021

I am extremely sorry for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather Mr. Mc Martin was a very nice person always pleasant to me and everyone around him, I’m sorry I didn’t make it to any of the services my mom and dad of been sick and I’m their caretaker and they have me going from morning to night, My prayers are with you Mrs. Mac Martin Julie and Jamie and your whole family heaven is a better place now that Jack is there.


Ken & MaryBeth Walter

April 3, 2021

We have known Jack and Jean since we moved to East Hartford and joined St. Mary's parish in 1986. He was kind, caring, and uplifting from the moment we met. He always had a smile on his face. Our hearts are with you, Jean, and all your family, at this time of sorrow. We lift up in prayer Jack and all those he has left behind.

Donna Shaw

April 2, 2021

Jean, Julie, Jamie and family. Almost 50 years ago my family (Norman, Donna and Michael Shaw) returned from Japan and moved next door to you on Stanley Street. In all the years since, we have never had more kind and thoughtful neighbors than the McMartins. You were always there for us and your loss touches my heart. We frequently hear the expression on the news, "lives well lived". Well, Jack certainly lived his well. Norman passed in 2008. Michael and I send our love at this difficult time.