Albert Mathias Martinson, Jr., 88, of Wallingford, PA died on May 8, 2016 at the Hunterdon Medical Center.
Albert “Marty” Martinson was born November 14, 1927 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was the son of Albert M. and Lois (Giffin) Martinson and the husband of the late Sophia Martinson née Zieziulewicz .
Marty was a graduate of Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and worked in the marine business his entire career with a focus on tug boat design. He was involved with the CIA project, Hughes Glomar Explorer along with being the chief designer for the “V” berth tug and barge system. Prior to his marine education, he briefly attended the University of Washington, worked at Electric Boat in Groton, CT and served in the United States Coast Guard.
Throughout his life Marty had a love of the sea and enjoyed many days boating and sailing.
Marty married his adored wife Sophia in 1953. They first resided in Pittsburgh before moving to Lark Inn, in Leetsdale, PA which was built in the 1800’s. Marty restored the house with his own hands while raising his family. While living at Lark Inn, Marty was the honored Boy Scout Master of Troop 164.
In 1972, Marty and his family moved to Rose Valley, Pa. Marty continued his volunteering in Scouts by becoming an Assistant Scout Master in Rose Valley Troop 272 and was the adult leader for the Moo Crew which hiked the trails in Philmont, New Mexico.
Marty and Sophia then moved to Wallingford where they resided for over twenty years and enjoyed their peaceful retirement.
Marty celebrated his Swedish heritage and joined and served as President of LEVS (Leaf Ericson Viking Ship) and was instrumental in the design and purchase of their current scale reproduction ship, The Norseman. Marty was the first Captain of the Norseman and hand carved the neck and figurehead dragon. Marty participated in many LEVS events in full costume: horned helmet, sword and handmade wooden shield.
Marty and Sophia spent much of their time in the summer at their house in Sea Isle City, NJ.
He loved boating and fishing on his power boat “Pink Wampus” along with watching his grand children enjoy beach activities.
Marty is survived by his sister, Betty Louise Davies in Marblehead, MA, his son Chris and daughter– in-law, Nancy in Lebanon, NJ; his daughter, Jennifer in N. Wilkesboro, NC and his grandchildren, Alexandra, Christopher and Samuel Martinson and Michael, Jennifer, Steven and Matthew Billings.
A service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church in New London, CT at 9:00 am on May 14, 2016 with burial rights at Cedar Grove Cemetery, New London, CT. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Webb Institute, Development Office, 298 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, NY 11542-1398, In memory of A. Martinson ’53.