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Edward “Doc” Martino, 86, passed away January 5, 2024 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was blessed to be surrounded by his family. Ed was born in Woodbridge on April 28, 1937. He was the son of the late Francis P. and Antoinette Mattazaro Martino. He lived in Orange with his devoted wife of 62 years, Patricia Sattan Martino, and his children. While Ed loved raising his family in Orange and was so proud of all the accomplishments and contributions his family made there, his heart always remained in “The Flats” of Woodbridge. He was proud to be from the Italian neighborhoods of The Flats which shaped his childhood through his family’s values, their Catholic upbringing, and the close-knit community he grew up in.
Ed had many academic, athletic, and professional accomplishments in his life, but never bragged or boasted. Even though he said, “Call me Eddie.” he was affectionately known as Doc by all his friends. He was humble and put the care of others before his own. Eddie never said a bad word about anyone and was always the first one to help out someone in need. He kept life simple: faith, family, loyalty, and love of the USA. Those that knew him can share the numerous stories of how they were impacted by his generosity and big heart.
Of all the schools he attended, he would tell you his fondest memories were at Warner Grammar School in Woodbridge. Eddie attended Notre Dame High School where he was co-captain of the baseball team and he was so proud to be a member of the State Championship football team which made history as the first Catholic school to win a state championship. His friendships and life-lessons formed at ND lasted a lifetime. He was overwhelmed to be a 2017 recipient of the Notre Dame Knights of Honor which recognizes individuals who live by the ideals of the Notre Dame Code and have made a contribution to the Notre Dame school community.
After graduating from Fairfield University with a B.S. in Biology, he went on to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at Georgetown University School of Dentistry where he graduated with honors. He stayed in Washington, D.C. to attend Georgetown University School of Orthodontics where he earned his additional M.S. in Orthodontics with Distinction. He began his practice on Blake Street in New Haven and soon after he opened his office in Woodbridge where he was so proud to serve generations of families and friends. He expanded his practice, Orthodontic Associates of CT, into the towns of East Haven, West Haven, Seymour, and Orange. Dr. Martino took a keen interest in all his patients, became invested in their lives, and kept tabs on them long after their braces were removed. He was forever grateful for the fantastic four who worked alongside him for decades. A huge thank you goes out to his cousins Marie Esparo and Ann Brano, his sister Dorothy Martino, and Cheryl Vitelli who he considered part of his family for taking the journey with him and creating an office filled with love and laughter.
Ed grew up devoted to Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Woodbridge. Upon moving to Orange, he became a member of Holy Infant Parish. His unwavering belief in his Roman Catholic faith guided him daily and touched the lives of all who knew him.
Ed’s passing has left a huge hole in the lives of his family. Edward is survived by his wife, Patricia, his sons Francis Martino and Edward Martino, Jr. (Kellie), his daughters MaryEllen Perrotti (Gene) and Tricia Lasto (Lee), and 6 grandchildren who were his pride and joy: Mollee Lasto, MaryKate Martino, Maggie Lasto, Megan Lasto, EmilyRose Martino, and Edward Martino, III. He also is survived by his sister Frances Pagliaro and many loving nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his brother Kenneth, sister Dorothy, brother-in-law Ernie, sister-in-law Jayne, niece Deb, and nephew Edward.
A visitation will be held in the Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St, New Haven Friday, January 12 from 4:00PM – 8:00PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 81 Center Rd., Woodbridge at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow in East Side Cemetery. The funeral will leave Celentano Funeral Home at 10:15AM for those wishing to join the procession.
Donations may be made to the Dr. Edward Martino Fund established to support Orange families who wish to care for their loved ones at home through the Orange Visiting Nurse Association. Donations in his name may be sent to Orange Town Hall at 617 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477.