Martin "Marty" A. Tones Jr.

September 12, 1930April 15, 2019

Martin "Marty" A. Tones Jr., age 88 of Penn Yan, NY, passed away Monday, April 15th, 2019 at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home.

Marty was born in Penn Yan, NY on September 12th, 1930, son of the late Ida (Carey) and Martin A. Tones Sr. He was a graduate of Penn Yan Academy and enlisted in the US Army following graduation. Marty loved to fly, owned his own plane and helicopter, and was a past member and president of the Penn Yan Flying Club. He was a mechanic all his life and owned Martin Tones Garage, and for the last 20 years of the business, he partnered with his son, Martin "Bud" E. Tones. Marty loved cars and machines of all sizes, and collected a variety of antique vehicles to display at car shows. His willingness to help anyone in need was always evident, especially as one of the founding members of the Penn Yan Area Volunteer Ambulance Corp. Marty was everyone's friend, always ready and willing to lend a hand.

Marty is survived by his daughter and son in law, Grace and Dean Knapton, and grandchildren, Kyle and Rachel Knapton. In addition to his parents, Marty was predeceased by his wives, Patricia Tones and Mary Klungle Tones; and his son, Martin "Bud" E. Tones.

His family wishes to extend a heartfelt appreciation to the staff at the Penn Yan Manor for their loving care.

In keeping with Marty's wishes, there will be no prior calling hours or service. Memorial contributions may be made in Marty's memory to the Sampson Theatre, PO Box 106, Penn Yan, NY 14527. Fond memories and stories of Marty may be shared with his family and friends at


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Martin "Marty" A. Tones Jr.

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David Bliek

May 18, 2019

Marty was a colleague of mine at Penn Yan Flying Club. He was also my partner in aircraft ownership. I can attest to his kindness and was privileged to be his friend. He was probably the hardest working person I ever met. He was in his garage very early in the morning. He took only a short lunch break, often in the garage, and worked until late afternoon. Then, for many years, he could be found running the mowing tractor at the Flying Club. He was President of the club for many years, and is responsible for much of its long standing success. I and the club sorely miss Marty. I pray his descendants find peace in his memories.

Deborah Barr Stevens

April 30, 2019

I remember Marty and Pat as such good neighbors. They were always friendly, generous and kind to my whole family. And they were both such an asset to the Penn Yan community. I came to know Grace through them and she and Dean are carrying on the family tradition of giving to the community. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you Grace.
Deb Barr Stevens

Ellen VanKeuren

April 28, 2019

My husband, Rich, knew Marty most of his life. He was an independent trucker and Marty did much of the work on his trucks and Rich parked all his trucks in Marty's lot. I can't tell you the number of times Marty came to Rich's rescue. Didn't matter if Rich was on the road coming in or if the trucks were already there, Marty would ALWAYS be there for Rich and his guys. Rich lost his Dad early in his life and I think he looked to Marty like a second Dad. He always had a smile and a laugh for the girls and me when we came to the shop. Thanks Marty and God speed to Pat and Bud💗

Dorothy Volz

April 26, 2019

I didn’t know Marty very long at all as I only met him at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home where I cared for him. In the short time I knew him there are simply so many Marty moments. I always looked forward to hearing him say “hi babe how are you doing today” or “hay babe can you get me a Mountain Dew and be sure you put the straw in right” smiling that oh so captivating smile of his. He was such a joy to be around and he is missed daily and it just isn’t the same without him there. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family in particular his daughter Grace that I also had the pleasure to meet at the nursing home. My hope is that Marty is at peace and back with Bud his son who is also deeply missed.

I am forever great full that I got to meet Marty and his daughter Grace and son Bud

Tom Vollmer

April 23, 2019

When I took over the NAPA store in 2006, Marty was the first customer I met. I am so glad that I had some good years to enjoy Marty and Bud as good customers and friends. Marty was always eager to help me when I needed it. Once when we went out to dinner, he stood up and shook his leg- his idea so he could eat more! Marty would always come in early in the morning and always say "Good afternoon boys and girls" as we were the one who lost "half" the day sleeping. He had a key to the door so he could start working at 4am. We all are better people from knowing Marty.

Gary Oborne

April 22, 2019

Marty had such a joyful and happy spirit. When I seen him last at the nursing home, in spite of his memory waning, I was amazed how he was still unmistakably the same old Marty with his joyful and happy spirit clearly distinguishing him. When I brought up flying his eyes sparkled and his smile beamed as he enthusiastically explained how much fun he had flying. Marty took my father and myself up for an airplane ride, that inspired my father to get his pilots license and an airplane. I will miss visiting with with Marty, but he will always be with me in my memories as a such a wonderful person and joyful spirit that I look up too. Thank you Marty, and my deepest condolences to his family, Gary Oborne