Charles K. “Chuck” Martin Jr. of Riverhead died March 29. He was 67.
Chuck was a war hero and a man with a mission. After being drafted and serving two years in Vietnam he returned for another tour with the belief that he could make a difference. He was awarded a Purple Heart and an Army Commendation Medal for bravery after receiving a serious injury during battle. He spent one year recovering at St Albans Naval Hospital; the same hospital where he began his life.
Returning home, Chuck continued in the family’s golf course construction business. He attended Stony Brook University pursuing his love of literature. Chuck’s book collection is only surpassed by his movie and music collections. The spectacular garden Chuck nurtured at the family home caused many to stop and admire. He also kept the bird population well fed.
He was born July 12. 1948, at St Albans Naval Hospital to Jenny (Grecky) and Charles K. Martin Sr., both who have predeceased him. Chuck was a devoted son who cared for his parents most of their lives.
Chuck leaves behind his wife and lifelong friend, Anita, and three stepsons, Daniel (Theresa) Chekijian of Hampton Bays, Peter (Michele) Chekijian of Aquebogue, and Aram (Jenn) Chekijian of New York City. His also survived by his sisters Lorraine (Robert) Sweeney of Florida, Mary Charlene Martin of Riverhead; nieces Tracy (Greg) Feldman of Smithtown and Heather Sweeney of Brooklyn;grandniece, Reighin and four step grandsons.
The family received visitors April 3 at Alexander Tuthill Funeral Home in Wading River. A funeral service was held April 4 at the funeral home. Interment took place April 4, at Calverton National Cemetery.
Donations may be made to Spay Alter Vaccinate Every Stray cat rescue P.O. Box 1631, Riverhead NY, 11901 or Friends of Riverhead Library.