Earl Joseph Martel Jr.
January 25, 1931 – August 26, 2019
Earl J. Martel, Jr., 88, of Wethersfield, passed away on Monday, August 26, 2019, rejoining his beloved wife of 63 years, Mary Anne (Bernat) Martel, who predeceased him this past January. Born in Hartford on January 25, 1931, he was the son of the late Earl J. Martel, Sr. and Fran (Toscano) Martel. Earl graduated from Wethersfield High School, where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for soccer. He served proudly in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a Platoon Sergeant. He was the owner and operator of Martel’s Service Station in Wethersfield for 46 years. Earl, Mary Anne and family enjoyed many years as members of the Wethersfield Country Club and Pine Acres Swim and Tennis Club. They also enjoyed spending summers at their family beach house in Old Saybrook. They traveled extensively each season with three high school buddies and their wives as members of the “Four Seasons”. Earl was extremely athletic, playing softball, tennis and golf. As the oldest actively playing member at WCC, he shot his age, 87, last year and enjoyed many rounds of golf with his WCC buddies, known as “The Beaters”. He was a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Knollwood Beach Association in Old Saybrook, and he volunteered as a little league umpire for many years. Earl was an avid fan of the New York Yankees, N.Y. Giants and all UConn sports teams. He was a devout Catholic, attending weekly mass at the Church of the Incarnation. A loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Earl will be forever missed by his sons: EJ Martel of Wethersfield and Kris Martel and Beth Dronsfield of Newington; his daughters, Karen DeFranco and husband Steven of Sewell, NJ; Lori McBride of Wethersfield and Pamela McNall and husband Bill of Atlanta, GA; his nine beloved grandchildren and one cherished great-grandson. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Grace Cashman; his dear niece, Jo-Ann Bialaski, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Barbara Bialaski. The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday (August 29) from 3-7 p.m. at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Incarnation, 544 Prospect Street, Wethersfield. Everyone is asked to meet directly at church. Burial with military honors will follow in Village Cemetery, Old Wethersfield. Donations in Earl’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492. To share a memory of Earl with his family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.
- Calling Hours Thursday, August 29, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Friday, August 30, 2019
- Burial Friday, August 30, 2019
Earl Joseph Martel Jr.
September 2, 2019
Dear Martel Family, So very sorry to hear about Mr. Martel's passing... Such great memories of shared times in Wethersfield and we'll always remember the warm smile and warm heart, of a dear family friend. Many of the Dads back in those days were all of our Dads, and Mr. Martel was certainly high on that list.
With deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers... The Batson Family, Dave, Donna and Kathie.
August 29, 2019
I was about 12 years old when I first met Earl. My Dad was having his car serviced and dragged me along. I think it was one of those right-of-passage moments.
Loving to play sports and being a Yankee fan, I felt terrific when Earl welcomed me into the sports conversation he and my Dad were having. I like to think that's when Earl and I became friends.
For more than 60 years Earl and I have interacted many, many times. Every time was like the first time....FUN!
Judy and I will always remember Earl as a kind, caring and happy person. Our sincere condolences to the Martel family.
Bob & Judy Cassarino
August 29, 2019
There are not enough words to describe what Earl has meant to me personally. One of the greatest guys I have ever met. Always there with just the right words , even had stories for every occasion! My friend, I will miss you dearly. Thank you for 16 years of friendship. Golf will never be the same without you coaching me along, reminding always what I needed to deliver that next shot. Stand by those gates I”l be looking for the “Deets”!! “Semper Fi”
August 28, 2019
I grew up watching Earl and my late father (Jerry Berg) play softball for many years for the Wethersfield High School Teachers and Martel's Atlantic. Earl played first base and my dad pitched (other teammates whom I recall were Millie Mason, Charlie Wrinn, Bobby Elliott, Dick & Ed Lawton, Art Dubrow, Bobby Andrian, Ricky Roth, Dick Agnew -- wow, how did I remember those names from 50+ years ago). Earl's dad (Curly -- who lived two houses away from us on Dudley Rd) would attend many of the games and sit in a folding lawn chair and I believe keep the scorebook for several years. Earl's son EJ (we were in the same grade in elementary school, junior high, and HS) and I would shag fly balls in the outfield during batting practice and chase down foul balls. I don't recall if the team had a manager, but my recollections are that Earl kept the scorebook (when Curly wasn't), created the line-up, and was the most vocal member of the team so he certainly was the defacto manager (if he wasn't formally). He commanded respect on the field, in the community, and at home as I was a frequent visitor to the Martel home on Midwell Road and in later years (once I started driving) to Martel's Atlantic. I also remember him being an umpire for several of my Little League games.
My deepest condolences to the family on Earl's passing and Mary Anne's passing earlier this year. I feel privileged to have known Earl and learned from the examples he set both on and off the field.
My dad passed away in 2016 and my mom in 2014.
South Chatham, MA and Scottsdale, AZ
Mr & Mrs Frank Stolfi
August 28, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to the family.We will miss his phone calls and conversations.Rest in peace Marty.Sorry we cannot attend the service.