Swan Funeral Home

1224 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT


John H. A. Martin

March 4, 1923August 19, 2019

Old Saybrook — John (Jack) H. Martin died peacefully on Monday, August 19, 2019 following a magnificent thunderstorm with his family by his side. Jack spent over 40 years living in Westbrook where he was known for an easy smile and easier story to share, whether at the Fox Hopyard Golf Club, the St. Paul Lutheran Church or Pointina Beach.

Jack was born on March 4, 1923 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — the son of Henry and Agnes Martin. He worked various positions before settling into the piano sales business, eventually opening Clinton Piano in downtown Hartford. He was a longtime brother of the St. Mark Masonic Lodge No. 36 in Simsbury.

After closing his store he embarked on many other careers, including Millstone and most-recently Whalen Engineering where he retired in February 2018.

Jack is survived by his three children and their spouses — Taylor and Deborah Martin; Cheryl and Arthur Cardillo and Jacquelyn and James Edwin II. He also leaves behind, four loving grandchildren Michael Cardillo, Jessica Edwin, Peter Cardillo and James Edwin III, as well as, four nephews and two nieces.

Jack is predeceased by his beloved wife Irma and brothers Donald and Harry Martin, along with dear friend Gerry Bengston.

As Jack would often say, “Have a good day today and a better one tomorrow!” He will be missed by many.

Thank you to the caregivers at Gladeview in Old Saybrook for all their care, love and support. Especially to Steve and Melanie whom he referred to as "Our Girl". Thank you to Hospice for their care and support. Thanks also go out the friends and family he had at St. Paul Lutheran Church. His faith was very important to him. Thank you for all the visits, the funny stories, care and giving. It meant so much to him and to us.

Calling Hours will be held on Friday, August 23 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook, CT. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 24, at 12:30 p.m. in St Paul Lutheran Church, 56 Great Hammock Rd., Old Saybrook, CT. Please visit www.swanfuneralhomeoldsaybrook.com for tributes, directions and more service information.


  • Calling Hours Friday, August 23, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, August 24, 2019


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Priscilla Bengtson

August 23, 2019

Condolences to all who ever had the honor of having Jack in their life. He is a shining example of a life well lived. I have many memories of the stories he would tell of the adventures of his life. His positive and lighthearted nature are something we can all learn from. We are all better people because Jack was in our life. Many blessings to his family and friends.

David and Diane Bengtson

August 22, 2019

So sorry to learn of Jack's passing. He was a kind and loving person. We have fond memories of him over the past many years and we will miss his smile and generous spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are sent to his family. Love Diane and David Bengton