John D. Martin (New York)

Born: Sat., Sep. 24, 1932
Died: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018



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John Demory Martin, 85, of Brooklyn, New York passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018, in New York.  He was born on September 24, 1932, to Eugene and Helen (Tallon) Martin in Canada. He was a devout Roman Catholic and relished the Tridentine Latin Mass. He was devoted to our Lady of Fatima. He regularly walked for life on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan to end abortion. John was bold in his faith and shared his love of Jesus with everyone.

John was an accomplished author and playwright who also had a long and multifaceted career as a speechwriter, editor, and educator. His works include A Leopard at Maytime (Novel, Doubleday 1966), Roses, Fountains and Gold – The Virgin Mary in History, Art & Apparition (Ignatius Press, 1998), The Cat on the Catamaran (Children’s Book, Zossima Press, 2008), Twenty Centuries of Catholicism (Unpublished), The Stone that became a Mountain (Play), A Chosen Vessel (Play), Troubadour (Musical), The Kid from Stratford (Play), MacDeath (Play), The Troll Palace (Play), The Stargazer (Play), Gentleman & a Scholar (Play), The Gasth of Speranza (Play), The Dinner Party (Play), The Heart of a Stranger (Play), Skelton Coast (Play) along with many published articles and other writings.  

At the time of his passing, he was teaching English to Chinese and Russian immigrants who loved him dearly. He was a member of the New York C.S. Lewis Society and the Chesterton Society. He leaves a community of faithful friends and relations who will miss him deeply.
John loved his country and served in the United States Army.

A rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 2, 2018, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Leadville, Colorado. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Annunciation Catholic Church with Father Leo Smith as Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Leadville.

In lieu of flowers, friends can contribute to Life Site News to continue in John’s efforts to protect the unborn and the sanctity of life.  To send a donation, Life Site News address is 4 Family Life Lane, Font Royal, VA 22630. Phone: (888) 678-6008. To donate online:

Additionally, John will have a memorial Latin Tridentine Requiem Mass at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at The Church of the Holy Innocents, 128 W. 37th St., New York, NY.

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Kevin Flaherty
   Posted Sat January 27, 2018
John was an original member of the New York Chesterton Society, formed in 2000. He was an author, playwright, and raconteur. His intelligence, wit, and insights into the famous British author, G.K.Chesterton, and other subjects made our meetings very entertaining and worthwhile. While he did not join us as frequently these past few years, I am thankful for the time he spent with us and the warm memories I will keep of him. May he rest in peace.

Richard J Stuart
   Posted Sat January 27, 2018
John was a true friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

John Rao
   Posted Sun January 28, 2018
John Martin was one of the finest Catholic gentlemen in New York City. I knew him for many years from the Traditional Latin Mass at St. Agnes. When my son Nicholas developed literary interests and started writing seriously my wife and I suggested that he go to John for advice. John took him under his wing and was more than helpful in both encouraging and correcting him. Our family says a prayer for John every night---which we know he would have wanted us to do---but I entertain the firm conviction that his entry into heaven will be very swift indeed.

   Posted Mon January 29, 2018
I was proud to have John as a friend for many years, at least from the time he began regularly to attend the traditional Latin Mass at Saint Agnes's in Manhattan (some twenty years ago, I should say). He was Catholic strong in the Faith, as well as a very talented man of letters, a rare breed nowadays, unfortunately. Requescat in pace.

Mr&Mrs James Como
   Posted Mon January 29, 2018
Our most heartfelt sympathy to John's family.

Mary Gehringer
   Posted Tue January 30, 2018
My sincere sympathy to John's family.

vladmir and Olga
   Posted Thu February 01, 2018
We met John two years ago, when he became our English language teacher. Right away, we realized that he was very intelligent, all-round educated, extraordinary kind, and tactful person. His tales about the world history, literature, and arts were spectacular. He gave us English like a language alive, animated by its kinship with French, Latin, and Greek. Also, we were attracted by, and admired John’s moral values. Sincerely and convincingly, he talked to us about his faith. And he became very dear to us.
We will miss John for a very, very long time.
Rest in peace dear John!

On behalf of the entire class, John’s devoted students Olga and Vladimir

Maureen Flannery
   Posted Fri February 02, 2018
I first met John in 1998 when he signed my copy of Roses, Fountains and Gold, we became friends shortly afterwards and more so in the last few years. He was an extraordinary man with a brilliant mind and deep moral values. He was also one of the most charming and witty men I had ever met. His weekly telephone conversations covered every topic from literature, events of the day, film, theology, and even updates on football and Jeopardy. All our contacts and meetings were a combination of brilliant lectures, humor and most of all emotional support and comfort. He was an irreplaceable friend, I will always treasure his words and I am blessed to have known him. John’s devoutness was exceptional and he dedicated his works to his faith.
I will include this line he placed in a letter that he thought should be used at some future date.

Now is the time.


May be rest in peace
Your friend forever,
‘Maureen Flannery

Jon Wagner, Director, Bensonhurst Senior Center, Brooklyn, NY
   Posted Fri February 02, 2018
John Martin taught English conversation to Chinese and Russian speaking senior adults at the Bensonhurst Senior Center for several years. He was loved by our seniors and our staff. When John wasn't teaching, he was constantly reviewing his agendas for his classes. I often saw people of all ages talking with him throughout our building. John possessed a magnetic personality that drew people to him. John and I often had discussions about local and world events. When John saw me, he knew I would tell him some pun, riddle or joke. How I miss seeing him and talking with him. He didn't really talk about his background but I wish he did because I would have loved to talk with him about his writings and thoughts about his writings. As I'm writing, tears are coming from my eyes because I see him in my mind. May God give strength to John's family, friends and students in this tragic loss for all of us who knew him.

Stephen MacDonald
   Posted Fri February 02, 2018
John Martin is greatly missed by the Traditional Mass community in New York. When I last saw him a few months ago, I told him of my great pleasure in seeing, several years apart, two performances of his play, A Gentleman and a Scholar--a compelling, profound work. May he Rest In Peace.

Raymond A. Ramonas
   Posted Mon January 21, 2019
Il miglior fabbro, possa riposare in pace.

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