Robert Martin Jr.
Robert E. Martin, Jr., 81, of Windsor Locks passed away peacefully on the 3rd day of September, 2017 surrounded by his family.
He was born in Teaneck, New Jersey to Robert E. and Doris O. Martin and resided in CT since the age of 6. Raised in Farmington, CT he graduated from Boston University and later from Central CT State University. He received an honorable discharge from the USAF in 1960 and continued his military career for 35 years in the CT Air National Guard. He was passionate about aviation his entire life. He obtained his pilot's license at the age of 16 and continued to fly well into his 70's. He built a homebuilt aircraft and also rebuilt a Piper Cub. He routinely assisted his fellow pilots with their aviation related projects. In a Piper Cherokee, he flew to Alaska and also circumnavigated Australia in a Cessna 172. One of his dreams was to visit all 50 states. He accomplished this by traveling to Nebraska in 2012 with his son, Joel and two of his grandsons.
He was a lifetime member of the New England Air Museum and a "Quiet Birdman." He also belonged to Chapter 1310 (Skylark) of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the Commemorative Air Force Association, the American Legion and the Sons of the American Revolution.
He leaves to mourn his wife of 56 years, Elaine (Casagrande), his son, Jeffrey and Jackie Martin of Ellington, his son, Joel and Deborah Martin of Marlborough and a daughter, Amanda Farnsworth of Marlborough. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren; Corinne, Christina and Erich Martin, Justin and Kellie Marie Martin and Brandon, Tyler and Heather Farnsworth. He also leaves a great-granddaughter, Auden Elaine, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister.
Friends and family may call on Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring Street, Windsor Locks from 5:00-8:00 p.m.. A funeral procession from the Windsor Locks Funeral Home will be Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 52 South Elm Street, Windsor Locks. Burial, with military honors, will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Spring Street, Windsor Locks.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the New England Air Museum or Chapter 1310 of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Skylark Airport, East Windsor, CT.
The family wishes to thank the Enfield Dialysis Center for the concern and care shown to Robert over the past several years.
For online expressions of sympathy or directions please visit www.windsorlocksfuneralhome.com