Bento S. “Ben” Martin, Jr., 75, of Mattapoisett died October 24, 2012 unexpectedly at home.
Born and raised in New Bedford, the son of the late Bento S. and Laurentina R. (Pimental) Martin, he had lived in Mattapoisett since 1963.
He was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church in Mattapoisett.
Mr. Martin was formerly employed by Falmouth Bank and Shawmut Bank before retiring from Compass Bank. In retirement, he worked at Mattapoisett Council of Aging.
He was a member of the Mattapoisett Lions Club and was the recipient of the International Melvin Jones Fellow award. Mr. Martin was a past board member of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging, past member and board member of the Mattapoisett Friends of the Elderly and a board member of Pine Island Cemetery. He was the recipient of the 2011 Mattapoisett Keel Award presented by the Wanderer.
“Poppy,” as he was know by his grandchildren, enjoyed spending time with his family.
Survivors include his son, Kenneth W. Martin and his wife Barbara of Ashburn, VA; two daughters, Kelly-Anne Weglowski and her husband Marc of Mattapoisett and Kimberly L. Eldridge and her companion Michael Downing of West Wareham; his former wife, Judith A. (Luiz) Martin of Boca Raton, FL; a sister, Rose Marie Arguin of New Bedford; 5 grandchildren, Jillian E. Sol, Timothy M. Martin, Amanda L. Eldridge, Brady M. Weglowski and Jadyn A. Martin; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Edward S. Martin, Gilbert S. Martin and Natalie S. Rowland.
His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 10 AM at St. Anthony’s Church, Mattapoisett. Burial will follow in Pine Island Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Sunday from 4-8 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Healing little Hearts, Boston Childrens Hospital, P.O. Box 1535 Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.