Kenneth Paul Martin, Jr.

May 14, 1952 - July 20, 2019

Kenneth Paul Martin, Jr., 67, a resident of Somerville, MA for the past fifteen years, formerly of Everett, MA passed away Saturday, July 20, 2019 in Cape Coral, FL. He was born May 14, 1952 in Everett, MA to the proud Kenneth Paul and Beatrice Martin, Sr., now deceased.

Kenneth Martin was a local resident of Massachusetts who dedicated his life to worker safety. Kenneth started his career on construction sites, which led him to pursue a career improving identifying hazards and proposing solutions for workers. He graduated from the Harvard School of Public Health and became a Certified Industrial Hygienist. Kenneth worked at MIT and Harvard, where he continued as a lecturer in the field of industrial hygiene for the remainder of his career. Kenneth was also involved at Bunker Hill Community College and the Van Loan School of Professional Studies where he delighted in teaching statistics to adult learners.

Kenneth’s passion for worker safety lead him to develop radiation safety training for Niton, and ThermoFisher Scientific. He held US patents in radiation shields for portable x-ray fluorescence instruments and was a published author. A steady, calm and creative problem solver, he became one of the founding members of Viken Detection. He loved his co-workers, and enjoyed being part of a highly skilled, yet sarcastic, team of professionals. He could be found working late at night, walking to Dunkin Donuts with colleagues and at Monday staff meetings; otherwise, he was hard to pin down.

Kenneth downplayed his accomplishments, and always tried to build up those around him. He was kind, soft-spoken, handsome, and prone to mumbling when he was very comfortable. He was known to pick up the tab, and give away cash to folks who were struggling. Kenneth Martin could often be found at the MIT Flea market on the third Sunday of the month in Cambridge with his very unique sense of fashion.

Kenneth Martin will be remembered for teaching his second wife how to love unconditionally, for which she is forever grateful. He will also be remembered as loving his two children, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.  He was exceptionally proud of his family’s ability to be nice – which he thought was one of the highest and most difficult achievements. Kenneth will also be remembered for taking his scientific skills into the kitchen, where he perfected the French macron. He was a calm delight who is missed and celebrated by many; including the guy who specialized in taking pictures of raptors across the street.  

Kenneth Martin is survived by his beloved wife who he met in 1996, Dr. Laura Douglass of Somerville, MA; His sons Kenneth Paul Martin III, Seth Rohan Martin; daughter in-law Michele Martin and beautiful grandchildren Justin Cassar and Jason Martin. He loved Jimmy Failla, Jim Blute, and Bree Allen. He was particularly fond of his pitbull, Falcor Shanti. He left behind a garage full of gadgets, saws, tools, mysterious technical items and the largest book collection on lead in the country. If he was going to give you advice now, he would say don’t spend so much time thinking about material things.

Kenneth Paul Martin did not want any services. He asked you acknowledge him by sitting near a convenient body of water, kiss a dog and have a beverage of your choice.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Kenneth Paul Martin, Jr. are suggested to be given to someone near you in need, or leave an extra-large tip for a waiter or waitress.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.

Guestbook

  1. Vicki Grzybinsli Jun 27, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Ken was loved and admired by many. He was the kindest sweetness person I have ever known. I think if him and Laura often and we all miss his wit and humor.. he was always thinking of new ideas or how to fix problems

  2. Sylvia Jun 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Such a wonderful and authentic tribute. It made me feel like I knew him. Thank you

  3. Mark A Towner Jun 27, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    Beautiful and inspiring obituary Laura!

  4. Meg Dent Jun 28, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Ken was the best neighbor. He always let you borrow tools and never asked for them back.
    He was big and gentle like a manatee. I literally never heard him raise his voice once. He was Hero (my mastiff)’s spirit-twin, and I like to think that they are together now ♥️♥️♥️.
    We miss them. And his family misses him terribly, but we’re trying to keep an eye on them for him ♥️

  5. Anne Taylor Jun 28, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    I feel blessed that I was able to spend time with Ken and to be privy to his unique wit . He was an original. Sending love to his family. Anne Taylor

  6. Laura Douglass Aug 16, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Ken was my very best friend. I will always love him and always be grateful for him. I miss him. He was patient, kind, incredibly smart, funny and didn’t need to talk that much to feel connected. He took leaps of faith in love. I appreciate that.

    He always built me up. He gave great advice. He saw the very best in me and taught me to reach for my goals – personal and professional. He always had my back. I could depend on him. He trusted me completely.

    I feel extraordinarily lucky to have been his wife.

  7. Tony Ogunsanya Jan 11, 2021 at 9:38 am

    I am a recipient of just about every good thing mentioned here about Ken, I interviewed with him in 1993 at MIT. I told him at the time that I could do a lot more than the job for which I was interviewing. After mumbling for a minute or so, he said he would give me the opportunity to prove it.

    He became my mentor ever since. He encouraged me to go for my masters degree in industrial hygiene, had me take in my first semester, the toughest courses the program offered. Encouraged and recommended me for the certified industrial hygienist examination and recommended me for his position on his way out of MIT. Even after he left MIT, he sent several consulting opportunities my way. I remember receiving all sorts of tools and a piece of petrified tree from him for Xmas. I was trying to reach him for an advice when I came across this website. I hope to have the opportunity to impact others as he impacted me. May his soul rest in peace.

  8. Glen Harnish Jul 15, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    Ken was a person I mostly felt rather than heard. One of my most interesting encounters with him was in the Fells in Winchester. It was dusk. I saw his dog Falcor way before I saw him. Ken was kind of standing a little back, like a tree. Once I realized he was there we had a pretty good conversation. I don’t remember what we talked about but I remember the way I felt. I was glad to be in Ken’s presence. He is missed.

  9. Greg and Virginia Douglass Jul 15, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Ken was the finest son-in-law we could have hoped for. He is and will be missed by us f.or his great kindness and sense of humor

  10. Larry Douglass Jul 16, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    I remember Ken as a wonderful and highly intelligent person. He was generous and had a rare sense of fairness about him. He is greatly missed. And will be remembered fondly.

  11. Glenn Jul 17, 2021 at 8:57 am

    I will always remember his generous spirit.

  12. Jimmy Failla Jul 18, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Hey Ken,

    I wanna thank you for everything you have done for me and countless others. It’s really a strange thing; it still seems you are with me everyday, especially when I get to work! I’ve never missed anyone more in my life. If it were not for you, I have no idea where I would be. I love you very much and I miss you every single day. Rest easy my good friend. I’ll check in with you when the kick the next NFL season off, cousin (sorry, Laura, Lol, We are addicts!). Love you.

    Jimmy

  13. Jim Blute Jul 24, 2021 at 8:28 am

    The universe comes up with the plan
    To gather up atoms and call them a man
    And many are worthy for toast now and then
    But I will not meet another like Ken

    What was he like? Tell me what is the essence?
    Like warm summer sun I felt good in his presence.

    How can I feel this now and again?

    Take the time for a slow walk with a good friend.
    Eat ice cream for lunch again and again.
    Answer each question with wit all the while,
    deliver some part with only your smile.
    Let someone carry the weight that you got,
    or carry some weight so that others may not.
    Be selfless and kind, gentle and sweet…
    and head off to work without socks on your feet.

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