World War II Veteran Paul R. Marte Sr. Esq. from Block Island, dies at 94


Friday, January 07, 2022

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Paul R. Marte senior died on December 20, 2021. peacefully at home, just as he wished, on his beloved Block Island. He was 94 years old. He leaves Sally, his 61-year-old wife, their children Paul (Matthew Alland), Peter (Rochelle) and Susan (Bryan Sweet), and grandchildren Hannah and Cooper. He died before his parents and sister Marjorie.

Paul was born in Manchester, CT in 1927 to Louis and Gladys (Rising) Marte. After graduating from Manchester High School in 1945, he served in the Navy towards the end of World War II. After the war, he attended Trinity College, Hartford for his bachelor’s degree, and then attended Boston University law school. He graduated from law school in 1954 and proudly passed the bar on the first attempt. After a post-college tour of Europe, he founded a small law firm in Manchester in 1955. He continued this practice and expanded it over the years until he retired in the last 1990s. Before retiring, he returned to school to earn his Master Gardner certification from the University of Connecticut. After he retired, he and Sally moved full time to their island home on Block Island.

He was active in the communities in which he lived. He was a member of Rotary and served as President for many years. He was a bricklayer. He was a member of the American Legion on Block Island. He has served on numerous boards over the years in both CT and BI. He has served in the library, BI Gardeners, Shellfish Commission, and Harbor Baptist Church for BI and in the Center Congregational Church in Manchester. One of his final honors was the Boston Post Cane Award, a centuries-old tradition bestowed on the oldest resident in the community. He enjoyed the recognition and valued the honor, even though it was in his last days.

Paul loved his garden, his family (especially his wife), reading, talking, church, martinis, and singing. He was always curious and interested in a number of topics (although gardening was always high on that list). He could find the fun side of everything and was always keen to share his inner views.

He was obsessed with his blueberry bushes. Not so much the bushes themselves, but the number of blueberries picked annually. Anyone who used the berries could do so as long as they kept a record and reported it to him. He wrote down the numbers year after year in his little book. He would tell anyone who cared, and even those who weren’t, the running total and the comparison to previous years’ harvests.

He was a consultant and enjoyed connecting with people. He had dozens of good friends over the years, many of whom died before him, but some were still part of his life until his death. The phone was a lifeline for him, and even in his last week he called people who were important to him every day. His mind stayed sharp and his interest still high.

Instead of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Block Island Rescue Squad, the BI Medical Center or the Block Island Harbor Baptist Church.

When it gets warmer and the flowers are in bloom, a memorial service will be held. Details will be announced in due course.

Paul lived well, laughed often, and loved dearly. He will be missed by his family and many friends. Get well soon and may the gin flow freely and the blueberries be plentiful.

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