ONEONTA - Joseph Martino Jr. 78, of Oneonta, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown following a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease.
He was born on April 18, 1939, in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Joseph Sr. and Florence (Messercola) Martino.
Joe served his country during the Vietnam era in the United States Navy. He was honorably discharged in 1966.
Joe was employed for 18 years as Director of Auxiliary Services Finance at CADI (the College Association at Delhi, Inc.) on the SUNY Delhi campus. During that time he also proudly served as board treasurer at the Delhi Child Care Center for many years.
Of his numerous interests, Joe was especially passionate about saltwater boating and fishing, being on the water and finding the best salmon in town. He also loved camping, jazz music, Latin percussion, playing the flute, solving Sudoku puzzles, knowing the weather at all times and watching the ever-growing menagerie of animals that frequented his beautiful backyard.
Joe is survived by his blessed daughter, Jennifer Martino; brother, Robert Martino and sister-in-law, Maria Martino; sister-in-law, Ingrid Chrismond; and his treasured nieces and nephews, Richard and Christine Martino and children, Molly and Robert; Heidi and Rudy Fasano and children, Eva and Alexa; Brian Johnson and fiancée, Sherri Cordelli; and Pam and Wally Van Auken and children, Faith, Emily, Courtney, Caleb and Hannah.
Joe was especially grateful for such wonderful friends, Jackie, Dan, Barry, Kitty, Carol M., Jim, Tracy, Giselle, Carol K., Dottie, Pris, Bettie, Bob, Ronnie, and his entire CADI family.
Joe was predeceased by Ellen, his loving wife of 34 years; his cherished parents, Joseph and Florence Martino; and his beloved nephew, Robert Martino Jr.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 27, at First United Methodist Church on Chestnut Street in Oneonta.
Following the service, there will be a catered reception in the church's reception hall.
Burial will take place in the First United Methodist Church Columbarium.
Of his numerous attributes, two of Joe's greatest were his generosity and desire to help others. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "Help Harry Come Home," a fundraiser to enable a close family friend (with an incurable brain tumor) to maintain the quality of life he so greatly deserves. Donations may be made online at https://www.gofundme.com/brain-tumor-help-harry-come-home, or checks payable to Harold Currier may be sent in care of Jennifer Martino at 1477 Beacon St., Apt. 21, Brookline, MA 02446.
Condolences to the family may be offered online at www.grummonsfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home of Oneonta.
Published on May 23, 2017