East Longmeadow-John W. Martino, 85, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 with his loving wife by his side. A son of the late Angelo and Doris (McTaggart) Martino.
John grew up in West Springfield, and called the Big E fairgrounds his playground. He loved playing baseball, football and hockey. He learned hockey from Eddie Shore in the Big E Colosseum. In 2011 he was a member of the Rink Rats that were inducted into the Springfield Hockey Hall of Fame.
He was into muscle cars and motorcycles. Spent many happy hours fixing, polishing and making them more powerful. While working in the garage he often played loud Rock and Roll music from the 50s and sometimes could be seen dancing to the tunes.
When he joined the service, he was a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. His service to our country was an important part of his life. He loved jumping from planes. In civilian life he was a Union Carpenter for Dan O'Connell and Sons. He also worked as a machinist for Hoppe Tool, and in maintenance for Medical West. He often used the same skills in the work of maintaining his home. He loved doing the work himself and took pride in doing it. He was very particular that work be done well.
John loved watching the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Professional Bowling. An avid fan, he yelled at the TV when there were bad catches and cheered when there when there were good plays. He was a league bowler for many years. In 2008 he bowled the first of his four perfect 300 games.
He will be deeply missed by his beloved wife Barbara (Fischer) Martino of 44 years, his sons Michael Martino and his wife Cheryl of South Carolina, Joseph Martino and his wife Lynn of Chicopee, John Martino and his wife Debbie of Agawam. As well as his sisters Patricia DeForge and her husband James, Marcia Bellefeuille, Judy Rusciano and her husband George, 4 loved grandchildren, 2 great granddaughters and one great grandson. Also several dearly loved nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and cousins. And along with the families of Barbara's sister Janet Viera and brother Kenneth Fischer, both of New Jersey. His pets Buffy, Buddy, Rex and his current little Chester had a special place in his heart and his lap.
But above all else in his life, it was family that was important. While he wasn't one to talk about it openly, John loved his children, sisters and all the family much more than they could ever know.
Visiting Hours will be held Sunday, June 5 2022 at the Forastiere Smith Funeral and Cremation, 220 N. Main St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028 from 4pm-5:30pm followed by a funeral home service at 5:30pm. Burial with Military honors will be held Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main St., Agawam, MA 01001. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John’s name to Dana Farber Cancer institute, P.O. BOX 849168 Boston, MA 02284 or a Veterans Organization of your choice. For more details and to share condolences please visit www.forastiere.com