Martin T. Green “Marty”, on May 26, 2012 after a long, courageous battle, of Medford. Age 80.
Beloved partner of Karen Lovallo. Devoted father of Lora Briggs (Robert), Mark Green (Karen), William Green (Angela), and Michael Green (Paula). Loving grandfather of Kara McMenamin (Joseph), Zachary, Benjamin, Paige, William, Richard, Robert, Hannah and Anna. Dear great grandfather of Presley Jade McMenamin.
Also survived by Karen’s children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Martin was a graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy and Rutgers University, where he was a varsity football player. In 1955 he served in the Honor Guard at Arlington National Cemetery as a Guard for The Tomb of the Unknown Solider and served in the Army in the Korean Conflict. He was the owner-operator of five Perkins Pancakes Houses, Green Valley Farms Resturants, Chicago Prime Steak House, Chicago Resturant at the Pennsauken Country Club, The Main Street Pub, M Street Night Club, and the Mansion on Main Street. After retiring at age 65, he earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do Karate in five years and went on to become an instructor at Silver Karate in Medford. Through the love of his children and enthusiasm for the sport of ice hockey he became an instrumental figure in youth organizations including the Philadelphia Little Flyers and the Coliseum Gladiators.
Marty loved sports, music, and the arts. He was a loving father and husband and is remembered for his abundant joy, creativity and intelligence. Always idealistic Marty enjoyed his family and friends and spent countless hours sailing boats and training for running races. A self-taught wine connoisseur and fine dining chef, Martin designed, managed and facilitated hundreds of elegant weddings and elaborate large-scale affairs. His influence on Southern New Jersey dining is evident by the hundreds of hospitality industry professionals and entrepreneurs who started their careers learning from Marty. A true teacher, after retiring from the hospitality industry Martin spent his latter years as a Karate instructor where he was fondly remembered for teaching classes, breaking wood with his bare hands and doing one hundred straight push-ups. Nothing was more important to Martin than his love for Karen and his four children who he spent telling every day for the last year how much he loved them. He taught them and everyone he encountered how to face a debilitating disease with humility and dignity.
There will be a visitation on Wednesday morning 9:45 to 10:45am at St. Andrew the Apostle RC Church, 120 United States Avenue, Gibbsboro, NJ, 08026.
Memorial Mass at 11am.
Interment at Arlington National Cemetery at later date.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Martin's honor to Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc., 912 Killian Hill Road, SW Lilburn, GA 30047.
Friends and family may share memories at www.GardnerFuneralHome.com.