Mr. John R. Martin

  • Born: April 13, 1987
  • Died: May 26, 2017
  • Location: Stoneham, Massachusetts

Barile Funeral Home

482 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Tel. 781.438.2280

Tribute & Message From The Family

John R. Martin, of Stoneham May 26th, 2017 at age 30. Beloved son of Frederick and Deborah (Powell) Martin. Loving brother of Timothy and Ryan Martin. Cherished grandson of the late Raymond Powell and his wife Helen, Henry Martin and his wife Anne. Dear nephew of Catherine Bourdeau and her husband John, Maureen Furilla and her husband Ed, Kathleen Darbe and her husband Les, Colleen Martin, Henry Martin, Daniel Martin and his wife Nancy, Eileen Uberti and her husband Jim and the late Stephen Powell. Also survived by many loving cousins.

John enjoyed life to the fullest. He loved hiking, rock climbing, camping and the outdoors. He climbed Mount Washington multiple times with his father and brothers. He spent many days swimming and boating at his Grandparents' cottage in Maine. He loved to travel and had recently returned from a trip to Dublin and Galway, stopping first in London to visit friends. He had also recently visited friends in Germany. He enjoyed frequent visits to Chicago and Montreal. He loved his family, his parents, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and his large network of friends.

John's greatest passion was Scouting. He became an Eagle Scout in 2005 and served the Scouts as Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 513; as Program Director at TL Storer Scout Camp; as Course Director, National Youth Leadership Training; and as Lodge Chief, Order of the Arrow. Over the years he earned many awards from the Boy Scouts including the Founders Award (Order of the Arrow), Centurion Award (Order of the Arrow) and the James E. West Fellowship Award. In the tradition of the OA John was truly a Servant Leader. A friend has written that "John's legacy wasn't just helping others it was teaching those people to serve others, thus extending a network of servant leaders."

John will be greatly missed but he will live on in our hearts. May the example of his life inspire us to be a light in the lives of others.

Family and friends are kindly invited to gather and share remembrances with the family on Thursday June 1st 2017 from 4-8pm in the Barile Family Funeral Home 482 Main St. (RT28) STONEHAM. A Funeral Service Celebrating John's Life will be Friday June 2, 2017 at 10:30 am in the funeral home. Parking attendants and elevator available. Please consider donations in memory of John to be made to the John R. Martin Leadership Development Scholarship Fund c/o Chris Gardner 24 Middlesex Road Stoneham MA 02180.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Our family will always have a special place in our heart for John. My trust and faith in John as a mentor for my son was always met with enthusiasm and humility. I am thankful h we were given the chance to become better people for having known him.

Posted by Marie Callanan - Stoneham, MA - friend   May 23, 2018

A shining star, one of the good guys.
Taken from us all far to soon after a tragic accident on May 26th 2017. Your wisdom, experience and so much more will be missed by so many. May you rest in peace but never be forgotten.

Posted by Neil R - London - Friend   June 12, 2017

I was just one of many people that John inspired to be a better leader, scout, and person. I am forever grateful for his time, energy, and support that he gave to those he interacted with. It truly made a difference. Rest easy, you still be missed.

Posted by Jack Struck - Washington, DC   June 04, 2017


John. You were such an inspiration to me from 2008-2011 and continue to be an inspiration after death. Thank you for all the knowledge you imparted on me in the OA and with life in general. You will be certainly missed in your respective communities, but never forgotten. Rest Easy John

Posted by James Sherman - Revere, MA - Friend   June 01, 2017


It was such a shocking news. May John in peace and love now. Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss.

Posted by Dorothy Hu - BOSTON, MA - Coworker   June 01, 2017


I am deeply sorry for your loss and the pain you must be going through. John was a good person and I wish I would have had the opportunity to interact more with him. Bless you and keep the good memories in your heart.

Posted by Beate Lanske - Boston, MA - Coworker   May 31, 2017


Rita and I was deeply saddened by the news of John's passing. Our hearts felt condolences to you and your family.

Posted by Sergey Aristarkhov - Newton, MA - Family Friend   May 31, 2017

I knew John through the OA - he helped me pass "Brotherhood" level. I followed his travels on facebook and was always impressed by his friendships and his leadership. May he rest in peace. May the memories you have of him be a blessing to you always.

Posted by Gini Shevrin - Lexington, MA   May 31, 2017

I'm a Harvard employee, and I happened to be at the Dental School that Friday. I'm very sorry. It's never easy to loose a loved one. Remember: one day at a time... One hour at a time... One minute at a time...

Posted by Leila Rosario - Boston, MA - Coworker   May 30, 2017

To you all who knew John,his presence was a blessing to the world, and we give thanks for his life.

Posted by Sam and Dan Melville - Milton,, MA - Friend   May 30, 2017


So sorry for you loss. It is never easy, so our prayers and thoughts are with you all. The Youden family.

Posted by Renee Youden - Billerica, MA   May 30, 2017

John was a wonderful person, a relatively new friend. When I first met him, he went out of his way to make me feel welcome to a new place. I won't forget that.

Posted by Matt Heishman - Chicago, IL - Friend   May 30, 2017

To all family and friends may God fill every heart with everlasting peace and strength.

Posted by A friend   May 30, 2017

Rest in peace John. You were a good Scout and friend. You are gone too soon.

Posted by Fred Gobeille - Sharon, VT - Friend   May 30, 2017


May you rest in Peace, My Prays to to your Love Ones.

Posted by Annie R Studdard - Boston, MA - Coworker   May 30, 2017

my condolences on your loss, John was a true leader, OA Brother and left such legacy wherever he served. He will be truly missed.

Posted by Michael Clark - Avon, CT - Friend   May 30, 2017

So sorry for your loss. My kids and I worked with John at Camp Massasoit. We also had contact with him through the OA. He will be missed by so many of us. Be assured of our thoughts and prayers

Posted by Carol, Kevin, Kev and Megan Sheehan - Reading, MA - Friend   May 29, 2017

My deep condolences on the passing of such a kind and intelligent person.

Posted by John Carpenter - Burlington, VT - Friend   May 29, 2017

John was a brother Eagle Scout and OA Chief. He was as good a man as I ever hope to meet. I will sorely miss him.


Posted by Mark Barry - Wakefield, MA - Friend   May 29, 2017

MayJohn be in Heaven a Half Hour Before the Devil knows He Dead! RIP

Posted by Jamisean Patterson - Cambridge, MA - Friend   May 29, 2017