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Mourning a Loss: Ex-Chief & Ex-Commissioner Matthew J. Martin Answers his last Alarm
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By Web Team
May 11, 2023

It is with deep regret and sorrow that the Chiefs of the Cutchogue Fire Department, announce that Ex-Chief & Ex-Commissioner Matthew J. Martin has answered his last alarm.

Matt passed away peacefully early Thursday in hospice care in Westhampton He was 82 years old.

He was a 64+ year member of the Cutchogue Fire Department joining CFD in October of 1958 as member #239.

Matt served as Chief of the Cutchogue Fire Department in 1975 and 1976 and at the time of his passing was Cutchogue Fire Department's most senior Ex-Chief.

He also served the residents of the Cutchogue Fire District, on the board of Fire Commissioners, by serving as a Fire Commissioner from 1994-1996 & 2019-2020, as well as the Fire District Secretary.

Matt was a longtime member of the Fire Police Squad and until recently remained active serving in the pits at the annual Chicken BBQ for many years.

He was a past officer of the North Fork Volunteer Fireman's Association and Southold Town Fire Districts Association.

Funeral Details are as follows:

The family will receive visitors Monday, May 15th, from 4 to 8 p.m. at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck.

***A Firematic Service will be held on Monday Evening at 7:30pm. All firefighters attending are asked to attend in class A uniforms.

Funeral Mass will be Tuesday May 16th at 10:00 a.m. at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Mattituck with FD honors

Burial will follow at Sacred Heart R.C. Cemetery located on Depot Lane in Cutchogue.

The Chiefs would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Martin Family and all of Matt's friends here at CFD. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

Suffolk Times Obituary:
Matthew J. Martin, 82, passed away peacefully at Westhampton Care Center on May 11, 2023.

He was born on Staten Island, N.Y., in 1940 and moved with his family to New Suffolk in the 1950s. He attended Southold High School, graduating in 1958, and married Regina Green in 1962. After graduation, he joined the Cutchogue Fire Department, where he remained a member until his death, serving the community for 65 years. During that time, he was chief (1975-76), chairman of the chicken barbecue (1966), served with the fire police, worked every barbecue and steak night throughout the years, and served as secretary and commissioner for the department. As of last fall, he had never missed a monthly fire department meeting. He was also secretary for the Southold Town Fire Chiefs Council. He devoted his life to the Cutchogue Fire Department.

In addition, he was a member of the Mattituck Gun Club and a licensed pilot and flight instructor, having worked at Mattituck Airport for many years. He loved polka music and Polish food and spent years working on his Lithuanian family ancestry.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Regina, and his five children, Lisa (Martin) Geeze and James, Mary Kathleen “Kate” Martin and Dr. Philippe Vaillancourt, Matthew J. Martin Jr. and Patricia, Jeremy Martin, Roger Martin and Melissa; his brother, Vincent Martin, and Robin; honorary cousin Fred Martin; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive visitors Monday, May 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck, where Cutchogue Fire Department services will be held at 7:30 p.m. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church in Mattituck, with Monsignor Joseph W. Staudt officiating. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart R.C. Cemetery in Cutchogue.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Victoria-Glover Scholarship Fund through Cutchogue Fire Department.

Hyperlinks: Defriest Grattan Funeral Home

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