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Massachusetts Hockey Loses Hall of Fame Inductee Tom ‘Red’ Martin, 79

By Mass Hockey, 07/31/17, 11:45AM EDT


BC Hockey Star, Businessman, Philanthropist

Tom 'Red' Martin died in his Canton home Thursday of prostate cancer. He was 79 and spent winters in Jupiter, Fla.

He was inducted into the 2012 Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame. Plus, he was a past president of the Boston College Alumni Association. Martin was inducted into the BC Varsity Club, Beanpot and Cambridge Sports halls of fame. And he will be inducted in September 2017 into the Massachusetts Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Martin was a senior captain at Boston College when they won the 1961 Beanpot Tournament victory over Harvard. He was named MVP and winner of the Walter Brown Award.

Boston College retired the No. 15 hockey jersey Martin wore. He went on to serve as a BC assistant coach for three seasons under his mentor, John “Snooks” Kelley, and also was named to the 1962 US National and 1964 US Olympic teams.

Martin was the founder and chairman of the Cramer Productions marketing firm in Norwood, and respected for his philanthropy,.

He served on the boards of Aubuchon Hardware, Xaverian Brothers High School, Caritas Christi hospitals, Norwood Hospital, Massachusetts Hospital School, Oblates of the Virgin Mary, and Action for Boston Community Development.

Mr. Martin was honored numerous times, including with the 2008 Cardinal Cushing Medal for his leadership and generosity to community causes.

A former New England Amateur golf champion, Mr. Martin served on the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund executive committee and initiated a Martin Family Scholarship to benefit the fund.

Mr. Martin also produced acclaimed sports documentaries, including “The Story of Golf,” “Boston Red Sox: 100 Years of Baseball History,” and “Where Dreams Come True,” for the Beanpot tournament’s 50th anniversary in 2002.

Tom is a devoted family man. He and his wife June celebrated fifty years of marriage  in 2012 with their six sons, one daughter and twenty-two grandchildren.

A funeral Mass is set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2017 in St. Ignatius of Loyola Church in Chestnut Hill. Burial will be in Milton Cemetery.

Please see the below links for more details.

Thomas J. Martin

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Tom ‘Red’ Martin, BC hockey star, businessman, philanthropist, dies at 79

The Boston Globe Obituary. Written by Marvin Pane.

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