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Leonard Martin

Posted By Earnie On March 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm In Obituaries | 42 Comments

1921 – 2020

 Quinebaug – Leonard Martin, a longtime figure on the roads of Quinebaug, he was often seen driving his blue tractor to the Quinebaug Four Corners. Leonard lived for 99 years and worked to keep the beautiful property in Woodstock so that generations could enjoy the beauty and peace it brings. Our father worked for 30 years at the American Optical Company in Southbridge, MA and a farmer for most of his life. People came from miles around for his great hay. Our mother and father bought this property and had every animal imaginable over the years. They worked together along with my brothers to take in hay, milk cows and keep wood cut for the stoves. We have many wonderful memories of taking trips to Dresser Hill Farm for ice cream on hot days after haying. We also enjoyed many trips to Cape Cod in the Summertime. It wasn’t always easy, but our mother and father always worked towards a common goal. Many State children spent precious time here and we cherish those memories as well.

Leonard is survived by his daughter, Mona Lee of Woodstock, CT; a son, George Martin of Charlottesville, VA, and his eldest son, Leonard H. Martin of Sarasota, FL; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was predeceased by his stepdaughter, the late Anne MClellan Pichon, and his loving wife, Hedvig Okeson Martin.

Thank you to everyone who stopped to say a kind word and pick him up or bring him home from Beno’s. Thank you to Davis Place in Danielson, CT and to his caregivers along the way. He had a great life. He loved his garden, his blue tractor, bowling, fishing and his family. He loved a good game of pitch on a Saturday night with making her hotdogs and beans.

There will be no services as requested by the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St, Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.




Condolences for the family of “Leonard Martin”

Condolence from Patty Fitzgibbons on March 26th, 2020 4:13 pm

Mona, So sorry for the loss of your dad. My prayer is for the LORD to give you peace and comfort.
Patty Fitzgibbons

Condolence from Stephanie Jarmolowicz on March 26th, 2020 4:40 pm

To Lenny’s family, please accept my deepest sympathies. I remember Lenny when he would come to fish at the Neumann property. He had tall tales tell and was kind and gentle man.

Condolence from Claire Harnois on March 26th, 2020 5:30 pm

Mona & family
Sorry for the list of your Father
Prayers to all
May he RIP

Condolence from Peter & Anne Schimmel on March 26th, 2020 6:29 pm

Our hearts are with you at this time of sorrow.

Condolence from Peter and Sherry Edwards Engh on March 26th, 2020 6:50 pm

Our condolences to George, Mona and the entire family. Thoughts and prayers with you all at this difficult time.

Condolence from Nancy Williams on March 26th, 2020 7:52 pm

Mona, So very sorry to hear if the loss of your Dad.
Gods comfort to you and your family!

Condolence from Nancy Zuese on March 26th, 2020 10:39 pm

I am very sorry for your loss

Condolence from Dave Babbitt on March 27th, 2020 9:28 am

Quinebaug will never be the same without the prospect of Lenny flyIng around on his “Blue Tractor…” a regular at Beno’s Store
, we had many a conversations over the years….When Lenny had an opinion, he didn’t hesitate to tell you….He loved his farm, his family and Quinebaug….Rest in Peace, Lenny Martin….Dave Babbitt

Condolence from MarLeigh Pearson McClellan on March 27th, 2020 10:14 am

I have very fond memories as a child spending weeks at the farm during the summer. Uncle Leonard would always make sure there was a horse for me to take care of and ride. I learned quickly to NEVER ride a horse through the pastures! I also learned how heavy a bail of hay really is, and how every year the corn is the best corn hes ever had! But more importantly, I now share his love of gardening and this year my garden goes out to uncle Leonard.

Condolence from Kenneth Knowlton on March 27th, 2020 3:30 pm

So sorry for your loss. He was always a kind man when I saw him at the Four Corners.

Condolence from Kris Siekierski on March 27th, 2020 4:08 pm

When I was a kid we used to get our hay for our horses from Lenny, and we would pick it up from the fields. My dad, sister, and I spent MANY summers in Lenny’s fields eating corn right from the stocks while getting the hay. He was a long time friend of the family. Lenny is a part of Woodstock/Thompson History, and he will be greatly missed. R.I.P. Lenny Martin.

Condolence from Michael Desrosiers on March 27th, 2020 4:11 pm

My deepest sympathy to the family.

Condolence from Mary Kimball on March 27th, 2020 4:32 pm

So sorry to hear of Lenny’s passing. He was definitely a fixture at Beno’s, with his tractor parked out front! Tha end of an era.

Condolence from Jonathan Dodge on March 27th, 2020 4:51 pm

Very sad, I remember him going way back to days buying hay from him in the 60s. To all the family my sincere condolences. Hold all the good memories close.

Condolence from John Szamocki on March 27th, 2020 5:39 pm

Sorry for your loss Mona ,Lonnie and family. He would always come to visit me when working on the furnace. May Lenny Rest In Peace.

Condolence from Leslie briggs on March 27th, 2020 5:46 pm

I am so sorry for the loss of Lenny we never got to repaint the flag on the barn before he went to the nursing home.we sure do miss you ….last yr was sad you not being at the mail box ……..RIP my friend

Condolence from Kathy Demers on March 27th, 2020 7:17 pm

Many fond memories of Lenny and his tractor. Loved seeing him haying with his fancy shirt and sweater on. He’d always have a smile and a wave for everyone. He will be missed.

Condolence from Bob Pederson, 1st Congregational Church Dudley on March 27th, 2020 7:37 pm

As we all know, no one lives forever. Lenny was a wonderful, wonderful man. I always enjoyed visiting Lenny and caroling at his house at Christmas time. He so appreciated our visit and we loved him. He never failed to mention his lovely Hedvig. They now are reunited in love. Deepest sympathy to his whole family.

Condolence from Jim and Sue Cross Andrews on March 27th, 2020 8:01 pm

Dear Len, Jim and I send you our sincerest sympathy, Gone is a piece of Quinebaug history. May he rest in peace in his heavenly home, driving his blue tractor all over – God bless you all, Much love, Jim and Sue Cross Andrews

Condolence from Karen McFarlin on March 27th, 2020 8:05 pm

So sorry to hear. Thinking of Len, George, and Mona. I know your dad and my dad had some good farming stories to share! Great memories. Keeping you all in our prayers.

Condolence from Christine Quintal on March 27th, 2020 8:41 pm

Thinking of you at this sad time. With sincere sympathy, Christine and Bob Quintal

Condolence from Michelle on March 27th, 2020 10:35 pm

Deepest sympathies for your loss.

Condolence from Fran Falanga on March 28th, 2020 9:54 am

Mona-I am so sorry for your loss

Condolence from Karen & Howie Lanza on March 28th, 2020 10:26 am

We are so sorry to hear of Lenny’s passing. I knew him as a customer of the bank and also the Dudley Lions Club. He always had a smile for everyone.

Condolence from Carol Mead on March 28th, 2020 1:14 pm

So very Sorry to hear this Mona….I last saw him at Sonny’s Funeral. Please take care and I will be forever grateful for you Parents kindness to me when I was younger, and towards my Mom when she lived there.
Take Care.
Carol Mead

Condolence from Laurie on March 28th, 2020 1:48 pm

I was saddened to hear about the passing of “Lenny”. I worked for him many summers hashing. The was my favorite job as a high school and college student. He always treated me very well and appreciate everything he did for me; a great job,, taught me how to drive a standard o his old blue Ford, and always good company. RIP – with love and appreciation, Laurie

Condolence from Lucille Langlois on March 28th, 2020 1:52 pm

Hi Mona and family,
My sympathies upon your loss. Len certainly was a fixture in this area. He was a regular on rte 197, often could tell the time of day just hearing Len and the tractor.

Condolence from Deana Pajak on March 28th, 2020 2:52 pm

Lenny was such a bright spot in this world. What a wonderful, caring, sharing , loving & selfless Man. He will be missed.

Condolence from Lance Ducharme on March 28th, 2020 5:38 pm

Sorry to hear about Lenny. I as many other enjoyed his conversations. He was a proud man.

Condolence from Paul Ducharme on March 29th, 2020 11:12 am

Just a great man and human being, so proud of his farm. Boarded my first horse at the farm , a Tennessee palomino Colt and later a few more. Lenny always had a stall for us and made sure they had hay and water his way like an old time farmer would do. GOD BLESS old Friend

Condolence from Tom and Amanda Converse on March 29th, 2020 5:21 pm

Can’t believe we won’t get to chat with him again. We only knew him a short time but he shared many memories with us about his family, farm and people of Woodstock. Sorry for your loss and we will be praying that everything goes smoothly. Abby, Kaylyn and Tommy send their condolences as well and are praying, he was always kind to them.

Condolence from Doug Denis 85MAINFC on March 30th, 2020 12:30 pm

The entire Martin family is in my prayers…… Leonard has earned his well-deserved wings

Condolence from Joe and Lisa Perry and Family on March 31st, 2020 12:12 pm

To the entire Martin family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Our family was truly blessed to be able to spend the past 15 yrs as Lenny’s neighbor. He was a wonderful man, who was always as “sure footed as a billy goat” or so he would tell us every time we told him to be careful crossing the street from our house to his. He will hold a special place in our hearts forever. Lenny, may you rest in peace with your lifelong love, Hedvig. Reunited at last. We shall miss your smile, your candor and your friendship, and we shall lovingly remember you always!

Condolence from Sandra A Roy on March 31st, 2020 3:45 pm

Rest in peace Leonard. God have you a long life. Good and bad times. Sandra Note Roy

Condolence from Shirley Marina-Sands on April 3rd, 2020 2:04 pm

I wish to send my deepest sympathy to Lenny’s family. I had known him since before his wife died. He was so worried about her. Then God made his plans for her and Lenny was heartbroken! He was SO proud of his farm and his WHOLE life!! We used to go out for lunch every year (for several years) on ST. Patrick’s Day. He always had corned beef and cabbage, I had the lamb stew. Over the years he told me about his show horses, all the children who came into their home and how proud he was of his own. I met 2 of grandsons, and they were always the perfect little gentlemen I had the pleasure of meeting his oldest son, Lenny, once. I never met you George but wish I had I found out due to your father’s passing that you live in Charlottesville, VA. My sister lives in North Garden. Somehow Lenny has kept our friendship together and hope to meet you at some point in VA. I will miss enjoying all the vegetables he always had for me whenever I stopped in. He loved his beautiful cat SO much!! I told him I would love to have his cat at some point. He always said “not now you won’t!” It was always an ongoing joke between us but he also knew I loved his cat as much as he did!! (I would still take him if I knew where he/she was!!) I’m sure Lenny is upstairs laughing right now!! Special people like your Dad are rare to come by. I will miss him forever until we meet as friends again!♥️♥️♥️♥️ ♥️♥️

Condolence from Ken & Diane (Landry) Pion on April 3rd, 2020 8:43 pm

Wishing our sympathy to the family in the lost of your father
It was always a joy to meet him no matter when or where
He would always call out “HELLO COUSIN”
Sending prays

Condolence from Kathleen Prince Bonin on April 6th, 2020 8:57 am

My father Sonny and my Uncle Leonard we’re close in their own ways. Competitive as to who farmed the best, played horseshoes the best and who made the best hay. Both with strong opinions and energetic. I can still see Leonard barreling up our dirt driveway with the tractor in a cloud of dust, jumping off in a flash, saying Hey Daddy to my grandfather Jim. Fortunate to have had them many years but now that generation has faded away. My deepest sympathies to you Mona, George and Little Lenny. Sincerely, Kathy

Condolence from Pj Harden on April 6th, 2020 3:21 pm

Mona and Family,
Sorry for your loss. Your dad, and mom, played an important roll in my life when I was young. Your mom was my 4H leader and your dad would let me and other neighborhood kids come “work” and “help” on the farm. I spent many summer days loving what I was doing and I will always remember both your parents for that. May they both Rest in Peace.

Pj Harden (Priscilla Freid)

Condolence from Karoly St. King on April 13th, 2020 9:47 pm

To Mona, Loni ,& Nils,

So sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Leonard bailing my hay for my pet pig. We shared many chats and good laughs over the years!
I will miss my good neighbor, Leonard.

Sincerely, Karoly St. King

Condolence from Emily Murphy on April 18th, 2020 12:21 pm

I drove past Lenny’s house so many times and would see him standing by the mailbox. A friend said she thought his grandson was picking him up to go to breakfast. Then one day I stopped at Beno’s on my way to work and asked for a ride if I was going that way. I wasn’t but I did and thus began my friendship with Lenny. I enjoyed all the rides we shared. He would point out the house where so and so lived, and talked about his time at American Optical..I had missed seeing him for the longest time so wasn’t surprised to see his obituary, and after I was initially so sad, I read all the wonderful things that your family had to say and I was grateful that I too got to spend some time with such a great man.
God bless and stay well,
Emily Murphy
Woodstock CT

Condolence from Chad Whitney on May 14th, 2020 3:40 am

George, Mona, and the rest of the Martin gang,

So sorry to hear about the passing of your father. If there’s one thing you can say is that he was a hardworking guy, who raised a great family!

Rest In Peace Lenny,

Chad Whitney

Condolence from Pat Boutillette on June 5th, 2020 9:14 pm

So sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. I knew him from the Lions Club. He was a gentleman and I grew fond of him. He spoke highly of his children and his property. He was a great man. My condolences.

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