Thomas Marian Martin of Plymouth, MA passed peacefully in his home surrounded by those he loved on February 5th, 2023 after a six year battle with cancer. Tom, an immensely loving and devoted husband and father was born in Whitman, MA on August 7th, 1954. He is survived by his loving wife, Annie. His daughter Brittany and her husband John Payne of Kingston, New York. His son Thomas Martin and his wife Amber Martin as well as their children Keira and Cillian Martin of Tigard, Oregon. Tom is also survived by his daughter Meaghan Martin, her fiancé John Feeney Jr. and his son Noah Feeney of Plymouth, Ma. Additionally, he is survived by Clayton Adams of Carver, Ma and Evan Connolly of Plymouth, Ma, both of whom, Tom considered sons of his own. Among all the loving people that Tom is survived by, we have to mention Rosie “the wonderful” dog who comforted Tom greatly in some of his hardest times. Tom grew up in Whitman, Ma, a son of Phyllis and Francis Burley. He graduated from Whitman Hanson High School in 1972 and went on to complete his associates degree at Massasoit College in 1974. Tom spent much of his young adulthood pursuing a nomadic life, traveling throughout the US and making friends and lifelong memories along the way. He often spoke fondly of his time in Key Largo and could always regale you with a story of his various antics. Tom would soon join the United States Army where he would continue his travels all over Europe, most notably Germany, where he was stationed in the early 1980’s, just in time to immerse himself in the punk scene of that age. In civilian life, Tom went on to become a heavy equipment operator and hoisting engineer for multiple establishments including the Quincy Shipyard, PA Landers and finally the MWRA where he would establish his career and make many meaningful and lasting friendships. Tom was a man of many interests and talents, an avid reader, musician, painter and most recently, gardener. He was also a Master Mason at Plymouth Lodge, he was a Freemason for 12 years, he traveled the York Rite path, was exulted to the degrees of Royal Arch Mason, council masonry and the order of Knights Templars since 2013. Tom was enthusiastic about many subjects including philosophy, psychology and spirituality, an active parishioner of Saint Bonaventure Church. He was able to find immense meaning in the world around him and was always happy to share his insights through conversation and writing. He also greatly enjoyed time spent on white horse beach often accompanied by a book or simply on a walk with his wonderful dog Rosie. In Tom’s life he also greatly enjoyed sailing his boat Crescendo around Plymouth Bay. Tom wore many hats from Husband to friend and father, jester and magician, he was truly one of a kind. He never shied away from striking up a conversation with anyone and everyone, a genuine people person who undoubtedly touched the lives of many. He will be greatly missed, we are all certainly grateful for ever having the gift of knowing Tom Martin.
His funeral will be held from the CARTMELL-DAVIS LIFE CELEBRATION FUNERAL HOME. 619 State Road, Plymouth (Manomet) on Monday, February 13, 2023 at 10:00AM, followed by a funeral mass at St. Bonaventure’s Church, Manomet at 11:00AM. Interment will be held in the Massachusetts Cemetery, Bourne, MA. Visitation with the Martin family will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, February 12, 2023 from 3:00PM – 7:00PM.
In lieu of flowers, his family is asking that donations be made to Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center in Plymouth.