OBITUARY

Charles David Martin Jr.

August 18, 1948February 28, 2015
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Charles “David" Martin, Jr., 66, passed away suddenly on February 28, 2015 at Hartford Hospital. He is the son of the late Charles D. and Virgina C. Martin. He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia B. Martin of New Britain, his daughter Laurel Hope of Los Angeles, CA., son Charles Everett of Seattle, Washington, and brother Robert E. Martin of Annapolis, MD. His step children include Michael, Paul, Sarah and Ryan Kolej, their spouses, Abby, Eva, Nicole, Brendan and six grandchildren, Zachariah, Matthew, Isabella, Jackson, Evan and Giuliana. David also had many cousins in the Pacific Northwest (Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon) and Virginia. David was born in Anchorage, Alaska and lived in New York, Turkey, Greece, Germany, Italy, Morocco, and California, before settling in Alexandria, VA. He attended Bates College and upon graduating served with the Peace Corps teaching in South Korea. David earned a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Michigan State University, working in that capacity in Waycross, GA. and Cromwell, CT. More recently he worked for the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency and the CT Siting Council. David was an avid ballroom dancer, active in slam poetry, did free-lance writing for local newspapers, was editor for Hanover Press, Newtown, CT. He enjoyed tennis, tai chi, qi gong, hiking, and was a Reiki volunteer at a local hospital. David was Secretary of the New Britain Arts Alliance and contributed his many talents to a wide variety of artistic and community endeavors. Memorial services will be held Saturday March 7th, 1-4 p.m. at New Britain Memorial Sagarino Funeral Home, 444 Farmington Ave., New Britain, CT. A celebration-of-life sharing will be held from 3-4 p.m. In David’s memory in lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to “Every Dollar Feeds Kids”, First Congregational Church Southington, 37 Main Street, Southington, CT, 06489. To share a memory with the family, please go to www.newbritainsagarino .com

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 5, 2015
  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 7, 2015
REMEMBERING

Charles David Martin Jr.

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February 12, 2016

I met David on the job in 1978 and my life was changed in the most significant way forever. Intelligent, thoughtful sensitive, kind. The bond we share will never be broken. Pekah Wallace and son Jay. May he rest in peace.

Jen Hinchcliffe-Hughes

August 10, 2015

Pat- I just learned of Davids passing from Tori. Words cannot convey the shock and sorrow I feel. David was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor. I know how happy you were together. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers everyday.
"Dancingly Yours"
Love always, Your George
Jen H.

June 24, 2015

Dewey Martin was an original guy who was intelligent, unafraid to express divergent opinions and very willing to wander "the road not taken." He could be challenging and cut through bogus sentiment. He had a wild laugh and interesting sense of humor. After returning from Korea, he encouraged me to join the Peace Corps + changed my life in unexpected ways. A one-of-a-kind guy. mark bergeron

March 9, 2015

The New Britain Tai Chi, Qigong Class extend our deepest condolences to Davids Family. David was a good friend to all of
us and we will miss him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in
this time of sorrow.

Krystyna Dzwonkowski
Instructor

Joyce Boncal

March 9, 2015

David was such a unique person. I will always remember his poetry recitations during the holidays.

March 9, 2015

We are sorry to learn of the passing of Charles, but grateful for his service to our nation with the Peace Corps in Korea.

Our Condolences,
The National Peace Corps Association

Linda Miller

March 7, 2015

Bob, Laurel, Charles, and Patricia,
I am so sorry for your loss. David was such a wonderful person, I only wish I could have known him better. My favorite memory of David is of him being surrounded by the Martin Clan at our 1990 family reunion in Montana, trying to teach us how to do the Electric Slide and sharing his love of dance. Everyone had such a great time and it is a memory that will always be with me. He will be missed. All my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Paul Derynioski

March 7, 2015

Pat
My condolences to you,your family and everyone who knew David.
He will be remembered for being a good,generous person.
I remember fondly the various ballroom dance events we attended
,as will as time at your studio. God Bless,

Annie Thibodeau

March 5, 2015

Patty.
So sorry to read of your loss. Know that you are in my
thoughts.

Love,
Annie Thibodeay

Eileen and Eddie Radziunas

March 3, 2015

Patty,

If a hug could take away your pain, we'd send one - If words could make your sadness disappear, we'd use them - yet we all know the shocking reality of what has happened is beyond our ability to rectify. What we can do, however, is offer our prayers - to you, David and your entire family. May God bless all of you and give you extra strength at this very difficult time.

Love,
Cousins Eileen and Eddie

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