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Edward Martino

March 1, 1926 ~ December 21, 2023 (age 97) 97 Years Old

Edward Martino Obituary

GLASCO…. Edward P. Martino, Sr., 97, of York St. died Thursday, December 21, 2023 at his residence surrounded by his family. Born March 1, 1926 he was the son of the late Peter and Estelle Martino.  

Edward Martino Sr. was born in Saugerties and lived his early years on Mynderse Street with his parents and two brothers,growing up in a tight knit family, Ed was particularly close with his father and would often tell stories of riding his bicycle from the village to his job in East Kingston where he was employedas a night watchman in the caves for Knaust Brothers mushroom. From the time he was young Ed was passionate about sports, mainly boxing and football, he was a lifelong fan of the New York Giants and Rocky Marciano, whom he would often go watch train before fights. 

In July of 1943, while the United States was in the midst World War II, Ed bravely made the decision, at just 17 years old, to join the war effort and enlist in the United States Navy. Ed’s time in the military was one in which he spoke proudly, and rightfully so. During his enlistment he served on 10 differentvessels, stationed throughout the globe, and admirably earned the Victory Medal and various awards for serving in the American, Asian, European, and African theatres of operation. 

It is said that Ed’s real story started after the war when he finally was able to have a relationship with his first true love, Mary. After keeping in touch via letters during his service he wasted little time after his discharge and made her his wife in 1947. Mary and Ed moved to her neighborhood “down the hill” in Glasco where she was born and raised. They lived in their first apartment where they paid rent of $5 a month. After a whiletogether they purchased their first home together “up the hill” where they started their family and spent 76 wonderful years together always surrounded by family and friends. 

Ed worked as a manufacturing technician for IBM for 33 years before retiring in 1989. He was able to spend the last 34 years doing everything he loved including traveling with his wife and family, caring for his animals, working on cars (especially his Pontiacs), gardening and growing tomatoes, and spending his Sundays attending mass at St. Josephs Church, going to the diner and enjoying car rides with Mary. 

Ed will be remembered fondly as a friendly face in the community, a devoted family man and proud husband, his memory will live on through the many people who’s lived he has touched in his 97 years on this earth. 

Survivors include his son, Edward P. Martino, Jr (Dawn) of Glasco and a daughter, Dina (Peter) Cafaldo of Glasco.Granddaughters, Shanna (Rich) Pesce of Malden and Kerry Martino of Glasco, four great grandchildren and one great- great grandchild, several nieces and nephews also survive. He was recently predeceased by his loving wife, Mary and his grandson, Edward P. Martino, III.

His Funeral Procession will form 9:15 AM Wednesday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc. Corner of John & Lafayette St., Saugerties thence to St. Joseph’s RC Church where at 10:00 AM a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Friends will be received Tuesday 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations are welcomed to the Saugerties animal shelter and the American Legion Post #72, 30 John St. Saugerties. Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family on Ed’s Tribute Wall at SeamonWilseyFuneralHome.com

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