Albert A. Martino Jr.
Albert A. Martino Jr., 87, of Washington Crossing, PA, passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, from a too-brief but brave battle against liver cancer.
He was the beloved husband of Marie (Midiri) Martino for 63 years and devoted father of Monica (Charles) Maeyer of Chalfont, Maria (Bill) Evans of Pipersville, and Christopher (Juliet) Martino of Harleysville, and adored grandfather of Samantha Evans, Lisa Maeyer, Nicholas Evans and Gianna, Olivia, Enzo and Nico Martino. His loving sister, Marie DiMondo, preceded him in death.
Born October 25, 1935, in South Philadelphia, he was the son of Albert A. Martino Sr. and Margaret (Corrado) Martino. He graduated from South Philadelphia High School for Boys in 1953, where he played baseball. Both South Philly and baseball were an integral part of him for the rest of his life.
The first on either side of the family to attend college, he earned a scholarship to Drexel University, where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s in mechanical engineering, was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and served in Army ROTC. He also lettered in baseball.
After college, he served six months active duty with the Army Corp of Engineers at Fort Belvoir, VA, and then at West Point, where he made good use of cadet tickets to Broadway shows. He then began a 7-1/2 year active reserve assignment with an engineering company in Philadelphia.
While in Drexel’s co-op program, he began a 40-year career with the U.S. Navy as an aeronautical engineer, primarily at the Naval Air Propulsion Center in West Trenton, NJ.
He served on a subcommittee of NATO, where he, often with Marie, got to travel to 18 European cities to share technological advances. He later pursued a second career with AERA, consulting with U.S. military organizations.
He moved to Upper Makefield in 1972, and in 1977, helped start the Upper Makefield Youth Baseball League with only four teams of boys. Today, hundreds of kids play in the league. He coached for over a decade, winning every season. Later, for years, he helped coach and mentor players on his grandson’s teams in the Plumstead Baseball Association.
With avid interest and insightful advice, he rarely missed a baseball, softball, basketball, soccer game, tennis match, concert, play or recital. He and Marie hosted most holidays and summer vacations at the shore, where good food and family stories abounded. He made each child and grandchild feel heard and special.
Relatives and friends are invited to greet the family Monday, January 9, 2023, from 10-11 a.m. until the funeral Mass at St. George's Catholic Church in Titusville (Washington Crossing), NJ.
Internment will follow in St. John Neumann's Cemetery, 3797 County Line Road, Chalfont, PA 18914
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society https://www.cancer.org/ or to St. George’s Roman Catholic Church in Titusville, NJ https://thecatholiccommunityofhopewellvalley.org/st-george-parish