DUDLEY – Richard N. “Rick” Martin, Jr., 69, died Thursday, November 11, 2021, in his home. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Gale A. (Bergen) Martin of Dudley; two daughters, Stacey L. Sitko of Dudley, and Kelly A. Johnson and her partner Leanne Forbes of Dudley; a brother, David Van Nevel and his wife Catherine of Oxford, PA; a sister, Frances Hyden of Stow; three grandchildren, Jocelyn Sitko, Jaxon Sitko, and Alyssa Forbes; and several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by a sister, Paula Martin. He was born in Easthampton, son of the late Richard N. and Rosemary (Ahern) Martin Sr., and lived in Maynard and Marlboro before moving to Dudley 36 years ago. He graduated from Maynard High School in 1971.
Mr. Martin worked at F.W. Madigan Company in Worcester for over 10 years, retiring in 2011. After high school, he did millwork for several years and later drove truck for A.J. Letourneau. He had a love for classic cars, and took great pride in his 1953 Chevy pick-up and 1965 Barracuda. He was a talented woodworker and loved using his skills on woodworking projects for family and friends.
Calling hours are Monday, November 15, 2021, from, 5-8 p.m. at Paradis-Givner Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oxford. Due to health reasons, family is requesting that those attending wear masks to calling hours when offering condolences.
Family and friends are invited to gather at the funeral home on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, between 9:00-10:00 a.m., followed by family remembrances at 10:00 a.m. A funeral procession including Rick’s classic cars will follow to Waldron Cemetery in Dudley. Those attending are encouraged to drive their classic cars in the procession.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 220 North Main St., #104, Natick, MA 01760.