Thomas J. Martin

Tom Martin is being remembered as a man of faith and family, a successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, Olympian, mentor, and friend. Known with affection as “Red,” he passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on July 27, 2017 at the age of 79.

A resident of Canton, MA and Jupiter, FL, Mr. Martin is survived by his beloved wife June Martin (Tortorella), his children Thomas Jr. and wife Cathy of Canton, Timothy and wife Julie of Canton, Christopher and wife Sara of Canton, Shawn and wife Susan of Westwood, Gregory and wife Ann-Marie of Canton, Julie and husband Patrick of Westwood, and Patrick and wife Meghan of Needham. He was the son of the late Anne and William Martin, Brother of Ann Marie Larkin (deceased) and husband Michael and brother-in-law of Joseph Tortorella (deceased) and wife Janet, cousin of Jack Norton and wife Sheila and best friend of Jim Logue and wife Carina. He was the very proud “Papa” to 22 grandchildren, Brittany, Brendan, Erin, Allie, Jen, Billy, Kyle, Emma, Jackie, Ryan, Kelly, CJ, Cam, Renee, Trevor, Owen, Meghan, Ella, JP, Dolan, Connor, and Gavin. He will be missed by all, including his faithful dog Lucy.

Tom “Red” Martin received his B.S. from Boston College in 1961. While a student at BC, Tom captained the 1960-61 Hockey team and was twice voted to the college coaches’ All-American team. He was named Beanpot MVP his Senior year after playing a remarkable 58 minutes in the finals against Harvard and scored the winning goal. That same year, he won the Walter Brown Award, which is awarded to the best American born Hockey player in New England. Red was also a member of the NCAA regional 1 Championship Baseball Team. In 1968 Red was inducted into BC’s Hall of Fame and has his retired jersey hanging in the rafters at Kelley Rink. After college, Tom represented the United States as the assistant captain of both the 1962 World Ice Hockey Championship team and then as a member of the 1964 Olympic Team that played in Innsbruck, Austria. In 1982, he founded Cramer Productions and today is a 150-people strong Marketing Communications company that works with a roster of prestigious global brands, and is one of the most well-regarded marketing agencies in the country.
Red was also an avid golfer and has won multiple club championships, the NE Senior Amateur Championship, a State Father-Son Championship, qualified for multiple USGA events and is a member of the Society of Seniors. He was also a proud member of Ponkapoag Golf Club (Former President), Charles River Country Club, TPC Boston, The Milton Hoosic, The Ridge Club, Woodland Golf Club, and Jupiter Hills Club in Jupiter, FL. Red was the ultimate competitor and very much enjoyed his golf with family and good friends.

His humble beginnings inspired a lifetime of involvement with many worthy charities, such as Catholic Charities South, Oblate of the Virgin Mary Seminary Fund, National MS Society, Young and Strong, NE Province of Jesuits, Boston College, Mother Caroline Academy, Mass Hospital School, Dana Farber, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Ouimet Society, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), American Ireland Fund, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, The Pine Street Inn, Healthcare for the Homeless, Boys & Girls Club, Bridge over Troubled Waters, Hope Rural Schools, House of Possibilities, Ursuline Academy, Xaverian Brother’s High School, St. Sebastian’s School and countless other worthy causes. In 2008, he was awarded the Cardinal Cushing Medal for being a role model who improved the quality of life for so many less fortunate individuals. Tom was also active on many boards throughout his career that included Aubuchon Hardware, Xaverian Brothers High School, Caritas Christi Hospitals, Norwood Hospital, Mass Hospital School, Ouimet Society, Oblates of the Virgin Mary, and ABCD.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30am at Saint Ignatius Church at 28 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA Tuesday August 1, 2017. Visitation will be from 3:00-7:00pm at Saint Gerard Majella Church at 1860 Washington Street Canton, MA on Monday July 31, 2017. Interment Milton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tom’s name to either Young and Strong Program for Women with Breast Cancer, Oblates of the Virgin Mary in Milton, MA, or the Ouimet Society.