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Rodger F. Martin, Jr.

Loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend
 Rodger F. Martin, Jr., 67, of Southbury, Connecticut, died Wednesday, April 6, at Danbury Hospital surrounded by family after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
 Born in Clinton, Massachusetts, May 17, 1948, son of Rodger F. Martin, Sr. a lifelong Lowell, MA resident, currently living in Chelmsford, MA, and the late Katherine M. (Bailey) Martin. He was the beloved husband of Linda Richards Martin.  In addition to his wife and father, Rodger will remain loved by a daughter, Carolyn Hissong and her husband, Adam, of Cary, IL; a son, Joseph Martin and his wife, Christine, of Atlanta, GA; four grandchildren, who will always miss their special Bumpa, Evan, Nicholas and Jack Hissong and Mary Katherine Martin.  Rodger will also be missed by his two sisters, Kathleen Whittaker and her husband, Forrest, of Lake Forest, IL and Elizabeth McNamara and her husband, Kerry, of Osterville, MA; two brothers, Brian J. Martin and his wife, Elise, of Lowell, MA and David P. Martin and his wife, Melissa, of York, ME. He was also a very special and caring brother to the late James S. Martin and late Peter F. Martin. Rodger leaves behind two sisters-in-law, Jean O’Neil and her husband, James, of Chadds Ford, PA and Paula Bucchio of Lowell, MA; a brother-in-law, Peter Richards and his wife, Donna, of Lowell, MA; and many nieces and nephews who will always remember camping trips and Christmas shows.
 Rodger attended St. Margaret Grammar School in Lowell and was a graduate of Lowell High School, Class of 1966. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Plastic Engineering from Lowell Technological Institute and a Master of Management Science from the University of Lowell (now known as UMass Lowell). While attending high school, Rodger was active in track & field specializing in pole vaulting and was the school’s first athlete to actually pole vault 11 feet. He also played baseball in college. After college Rodger served in Malaysia for the Peace Corps. Rodger was employed for over 30 years as Vice President of Sales for North America with Branson Ultrasonics Corporation, Danbury. The entire Branson Family and especially his long-time associate, Kathy Martin, will miss his wonderful sense of humor and enthusiasm.
 Rodger was an avid fan of the UConn Women’s Basketball team and enjoyed following the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics. Passionate about golf, he was a member of the Heritage Village Country Club in Southbury, CT. He was also a founder of the Lowell Fish & Chip event along with Bob Boehm and Dave Burns.
 Memorial gifts in Rodger’s name may be made to either Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or by emailing or to the Southbury Ambulance Association, 68 Georges Hill Road, Southbury, CT 06488 or by emailing
  Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell, MA from 4 to 8 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 9:30 o'clock. Burial will follow at the Lowell Cemetery. His family will receive friends at their residence in Southbury on Friday from 4 to 8 P.M. E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866).
Condolences (10)
  • Betty Fries  - President
    To the Family of Rodger F. Martin Jr., Lt. Shea Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 201 of Waterbury, Ct. want you to know that your loved one is in our thoughts and prayers. We thank him for his service. Betty Fries, President
  • Perry "Mike" McDonough
    To the Martin family. I am very sorry to hear of Roger’s passing and offer my sincere condolences. I was always amazed watching Roger’s pole vaulting at Cawley Stadium. Today, known as the Martin-Alumni Athletic Complex. How appropriate. Reading Roger’s obituary, I was glad to learn he continued to reach many new heights during his lifetime. Many fond remembrances of Roger were shared amongst the members of the Class of 1966, 50th reunion committee. Fellow classmate, Perry “Mike” McDonough
  • Frank and Rita Georges
    Our deepest sympathy to the Martin family. We are unable to attend the services for Rodger. Keeping you are in our thoughts and prayers.
  • Dale Finn
    So sorry for your loss, Linda. Sending a hug.
  • Jim Campbell
    Brian, Connie and I were saddened to learn of your brother Rodger's passing and offer our sincere condolences. I will be in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday, and unable to attend his services. Jim Campbell
  • steven hissong & family from i  - best gift
    Rodger gave us the best gift of his daughter Carolyn who is married to our son Adam she and Adam then gave us three wonderful special grandchildren. He was a loving father and grandfather "Bumpa". He will be missed but so many wonderful memories will also be our comfort.
  • carol
    My deepest sympathy to the Martin family. devoted husband, loving father and brother who will be sorely missed by all who knew him, along with a host of relatives and friends. Soon God will swallow up death forever, no longer having to bury our loved ones. (Isaiah 25:8) and for more information on the hope for those we have lost in death, please go to
  • dr. tom lawson  - great guy!
    To the Martin family. You don't know me, but I knew Roger . . . I had the wonderful opportunity to work with him at Branson. Bob Brown introduced us, and we all worked on a project centered on improving the sales organization. Roger had a great deal of wisdom and insight on the issues we were grappling with. He was an especially smart though unassuming professional. My thoughtful condolences . . . Dr. Tom Lawson, President - Lawson International Ltd.
  • Jim and Barbara Mengason
    Our thoughts go out to you Linda, and all of Rodger's family. I'm sure you will miss Rodger just as we will. Rodger was great to work with and was fun to be around. He was extremely good at whatever he touched. He was truly special.
  • Gary & Kay Clodfelter
    Praying for the Martin family who we love and are so fortunate to call friends. Linda, Caroyln & Joe, we are thinking about you constantly and hope somehow through this difficult time you will find peace. Rodger was so special. We remember all the wonderful times we've had in our family friendship.
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