In New Haven, Monday, October 9, 2006, Richard Kenyon Martin, 70, of Calamus Meadow Rd., Hamden. Husband of Elizabeth (Betty) White Martin; father of Donna (Steven) Richetelle of Hamden, Richard J. Martin of Hamden, John W. (Kristine) Martin of NC, Kenneth J. (Renee) Martin of Denver, CO; 9 grandchildren, Samantha Richetelle, Dean Richetelle, Miranda Richetelle, Jasmine Maraco, Allyson Martin, Shannin Martin, Kenyon Martin, John W. Martin, III, Sarah Martin, and 1 sister, Gail (Jim) Kassel of Canton, CT. Richard was born November 4, 1935 in Brooklyn, NY, son of the late John William and Grace Shann Martin. He was a member of North Haven Congregational Church, graduated with high honors from Hamden High School and was a veteran of the US Air Force. He worked at Sikorsky Aircraft for 32 years, retiring 10 years ago. While at Sikorsky, he was Superintendent of Presidential Helicopters. Dick was an avid golfer and one of the original members and the anchor player for the "Mulligans" golf team of the Sikorsky National Golf League. He was an active member for over 25 years and always a true gentleman on and off the links. He was also a member of the East Coast Swamp Fliers. Funeral Service Friday, October 13, 2006 at 10 am at North Haven Congregational Church. Friends may call Thursday from 5-8 PM at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

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  1. Betty, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. I am praying for you and want to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Love, Camille

  2. Betty, I was sorry to hear about the paassing of your husband, Dick. Let me express my condolences to you and your family. My prayers are with you all. Andy Carrano

  3. Betty, We were so sorry to have heard about the passing of your husband Richard. Our sincere condolences to you and your family you during this time.

  4. Dear Aunt Betty, I was in Harrisburg PA when I received the news about Uncle Richard on Monday. I cried my eyes out when I heard and was so mad at my life (so busy working now on top of the kids schedules)and not getting down to see Uncle Richard to tell him I love him (& you). I am so sorry about your loss. It is a great one. There are no words that I could say that can compare to the grief you are feeling, but I will tell you that I prayed alot for you and Donna on Monday that God would help to comfort you in this intense time of mourning. And I will continue to do so. We will all miss him alot. I will see you on Thurs. and Friday and will look forward to seeing you and Donna and the rest of the family. With love, Paula (Kassel) Hattings, along with Bill, Nick, Josh & Eric Hattings Niece of Richard

  5. Dear Betty & Family I was deeply saddened when you told me of Richard’s passing. As you know we grew up together in Brooklyn. He was agreat friend and buddy. We had alot of good times together which I will never forget.He was loved by everyone and will truly be missed. If you need anything I will always be here for you.

  6. Dear Betty & Family, Richard was very special to both of us, everytime we were in each other’s company we had a great time we loved him and will miss him and as Cliff said Betty (Jamison) will never taste the same. Our love and prayers are with you all.

  7. Dear Betty, I was saddened to read of your husband’s death. I know it is a great loss to you and your family but I hope the memories you hold deep in your heart will carry you through the dark hours. You were a devoted couple and everyone could see that! My sincerest sympathies. PS: Unfortunately I am unable to make Dick’s services but my prayers will be with you and your family.

  8. Dear Betty, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Love, Meg

  9. Dear Betty, Since Richard was an honorary member of NAIW, I am sure the angels greeted him swinging their halos (we practice on earth with napkins)! He will be remembered with great fondness and your extended NAIW family is here to comfort, support and help you in any way we can. My love to you and the family, Pat

  10. DEAR BETTY: EXTENDING MY DEEPEST & HEARTFELT SYMPATHY TO YOU & YOUR FAMILY. RICHARD WAS A SPECIAL & KIND PERSON & WILL BE SORELY MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM. MY THOUGHTS & PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. MARGE HORVATH

  11. Dick, you will be sadly missed. We shared many good times together, both at work, golf, and our New Years eve parties. We had many good years. We will all miss you. Both Letty and I express our deepest sympathy to Betty and the whole family.

  12. I loved my Uncle Richard. He was a great uncle! I have fond memories of him and the fun things he would find for us to do when we were visiting. I remember dirt biking for the first time in his backyard. I was thrilled as a little kid to see him fly his planes. I’ll miss him, but I believe he is in heaven rejoicing to see His Creator. How awesome is that!. I’m glad he is not going to have to suffer through sickness any more. My thoughts and prayers are there for all of you at this time. As we grieve together for our loss, let’s be thankful that we have each other.

  13. I would like to extend my condolences to the Martin Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Betty, if you need anything- a walk, a talk, a shoulder to lean on – please do not hesitate to call me. I would like to be there for you the way you were there for me. Take care and may God Bless.

  14. Mr. Martin was a great guy and was always very interesting to talk to. My condolences to the entire family.

  15. My condolences on your loss. I had worked with Dick years ago when I worked in the DMC. He was wonderful to work with, and I especially enjoyed the stories he shared. Again, my condolences.

  16. My deepest sympathy on the passing of Dick Martin. I worked with Dick professionally at Sikorsky for many years and always found him to be a dedicated, hard working, and a real people person. He was a highly respected by everyone at Sikorsky, and it was always a pleasure to be partnered with Dick in the golf league. Dick Martin in my mind will always be remembered as a true friend and gentlemen.

  17. My favorite memories as a child of Uncle Richard are when the family came to visit us in Pennsylvania. We would go to Eagle Lodge and he would fly his remote controlled airplanes that he had built. As an adult, are the times that we played golf together. One year Uncle Richard and Aunt Betty came and visited us when we were in Florida on vacation, we didn’t play real golf, but we had some challengeing Mini Golf games. Dan and Uncle Richard had making golf clubs in common, and would talk about all the improvements and advantages and disadvantages in the new technology. Dan and I will miss Uncle Richard, but we know that he is out of pain and in heaven! We love you!

  18. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Dick was a good friend to my father-in-law (Art Shannon). Dick was always a good guy. Because of the last names many thought we were related. We played golf on an annual basis with the Sikorsky Golf League with Art & Mike Shannon, and Dick and I. It was always a pleasure. Steve & Kim Martin

  19. Richard Martin rest in piece my friend. Dick was my first crew chief, mentor, golf partner and friend. Always a positive attitude in everything he attempted. Dick may God keep you in the palm of his hand and provide you with eternal life.

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