Lawrence 'JR' Martin, 77, husband of 53 years to Johanne Krott Martin of Sherman Ave., Hamden, passed away suddenly at his home on December 22, 2008. He was born in Anthras, TN on August 8, 1931 to the late Lawrence and Jeannette Hill Martin. Besides is wife, Lawrence leaves his daughter and son-in-law Deborah and Bruce Boyer of DeLand, FL, sister Hazel Wilson of Russellville, TN, brothers-in-law, Edward Krott of Hamden, Chris Krott of New Haven, and sisters-in-law Patricia Walker of Woodstock, and Elaine Krott of Carlsbad, CA, four nieces in TN and SC, and his good friends Robert and John Esposito, both of Hamden. Lawrence spent most of his childhood in Kentucky before moving to Connecticut to build green houses. He worked for Wakin Bros. in KY, Rough Bros. in OH, Krott Gardens, where he met his wife, Hamden Manufacturing, Ryobi, Keegan Co., and Marlin Realty all in CT. Lawrence enjoyed watching boxing but also participating in the sport. He was an amazing gardener and had a love of greenhouses and farms. Family and friends will miss him terribly, especially is favorite line, 'Keep Punching'. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 27th at 11 a.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. Memorial contributions in Lawrence's memory may be sent to the charity of ones choice.

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  1. Dear Johanne, Please accept my heartfelt sympathy in your time of great sorrow. May your loving memories of Lawrence bring you strength, comfort and peace. Sincerely, Jennifer Savinelli

  2. Dearest Mrs. Martin and Family: I had the pleasure of knowing Larry at Marlin Realty when I was a secretary for George Allard. We became great friends, and I always thought of Larry as one of the lovliest people I have ever met. He was funny, witty, hard working, told great stories and I adored his southern accent. A wonderful, lovely gentleman, who met my husband Darryl as well and he thought so highly of Larry as well. I never forgot Larry, all those years ago, when I worked there in 1983. We ran into the both of you a few times over the years and Larry always had the kindest things to say, with a smile on his beautiful face. I am so saddened by your loss, as the world has lost a most beautiful person. I know he is with God and safe in heaven. God bless you, and he always talked so much about his daughter Deborah, who has the same name as me, and he said that is the best name….she was his light in life, as was his wife. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and always… God bless you so much. Deborah Mahon

  3. Johanne & Debbie, .Junior. will be greatly missed! Our deepest sympathy is with you and our Mom (Hazel). We always enjoyed his cheerful voice and encouraging words! May God grant you comfort during this time of grief…

  4. Johanne and Debbie, I am so sorry to hear of your husband and father’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Linda

  5. Johanne- I am very sorry to have read your husband’s obituary. Debby Brown (from your Blue Cross days)

  6. My brother will be deeply missed and fondly remebered in my heart… Junior – Sis says .Keep Punching. til I see you again.

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