Obituary: William Joseph Martino, 90

William Joseph Martino, 90, of Southington, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 at HCC at New Britain after a short illness. He was the husband of Joyce (Moran) Martino. He was born Nov. 6, 1929 in Hartford, the son of Matilda Martino. A veteran of the US Navy during the Korean War, Bill went on to work for Western Electric and AT&T Technologies for nearly forty years. He was a proud member of the Communication Workers of America for his entire career. He had been a resident of Southington for sixty five years and was a parishioner of St. Thomas Church. An enthusiastic hobbyist, Bill tried his hand at photography, boating, home remodeling, folk painting and camping; as a woodworker, he completed many projects, including a grandfather clock. He was a inveterate whistler of his own improvised compositions. Always a civic-minded community member, he joined the American Legion Kiltonic Post #72, served as a leader of the Boy Scouts Troop, volunteered at the Apple Harvest Festival, worked as a local poll watcher, and was president of the Resident Association of the Orchards of Southington for more than three years. Bill was dedicated to his family and was happiest surrounded by his grandchildren, and he derived great pleasure from cooking for whoever came by: his specialties included spaghetti, pea soup, and breakfasts of French toast. He and Joyce have been rabid fans of the UConn women’s basketball team, and Bill invariably enjoyed watching Westerns and war movies on TV. Besides his wife he is survived by his children Janice Longer (David) of Kirkwood, PA, Gregory Martino (Brenda Fraser) of Wyndmoor, PA and Gail Duffy (Michael) of Southington, his 6 grandchildren, Greer Longer Krueger (Michael), Ariel and Jordy Martino, Alexander (Courtney), Kenneth and Teagan Duffy. He also leaves a brother Andrew Martino (Susan) of Vero Beach, FL. He was predeceased by his brother Arthur Martino. The funeral will be held Saturday, Jan. 4, 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Church, 99 Bristol St. for a Mass. Burial will be with Military Honors at St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Southington Catholic, 99 Bristol St. Southington, CT 06489. For online condolences and directions please visit

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