NAUGATUCK — Michael John Martin, passed away on Monday, Dec. 29, 2020, at Waterbury Hospital.
Michael was born on Sept. 6, 1967, in Twenty-Nine Palms, Calif. He spent his early childhood in Plymouth, Mass., before moving to Naugatuck and attending Hillside Middle School and graduating from Naugatuck High School in 1985. He went on to attend Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, and then lived in the Boston, Mass., for more than 20 years before returning to Naugatuck.
Michael worked tirelessly in the restaurant hospitality business for many years, and found his niche in the Boston area managing bars and restaurants such as Icarus, Woody’s, Abe & Louie’s Prime Steak House, The Ashmont Grill, the Boston Red Sox Organization and most recently Sorella’s in Hartford. Michael would always credit his early days at T.G.I. Fridays for giving him his start. Michael was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, and has many fond memories of attending games with great friends.
Michael was predeceased by his father, Manual J. Martin, and is survived by his parents, Hubert John and Diana F. Barnes of Naugatuck; brothers, Richard J. Martin and his significant other, Paulene Bellmare, of Plymouth, Joseph J. Martin and his wife, Amy, of Naugatuck, and Reuben B. Barnes of Seymour; his sister, Catherine D’Vileskas and her significant other, Ron Tompkins, of Naugatuck; his niece, Caitlyn Marie Colella, who he adored, and her significant other, Nick Black, of Quincy Mass.; his aunts, Cynthia Klar, Georgina Andazola and Nowela Supebedia of Naugatuck; his uncle Frank “Chuck” Martin of Plymouth, Mass.; and his aunt, Betty Ambrose of Middleboro, Mass. He is survived by several more aunts, uncles of Hawaii, and numerous cousins, who cherished him dearly.
Michael was always kind and generous. His numerous friends appreciated his infectious laugh, his never-ending smile, and the impromptu sing-alongs of whatever was playing on the radio. He surely was a bright light and will be missed by all who loved him.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 318 Church St., Naugatuck. Those attending are asked to please meet directly at church. Everyone attending is required to wear a facial covering and to adhere to social distancing guidelines and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no social gathering following the Mass. There are no calling hours, and arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Ave., Naugatuck.
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