Kenneth Paul Martin

Born: Sat., Jan. 18, 1964
Died: Tue., May 11, 2021


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Fri., May 21, 2021
Location: Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home

Memorial Service

6:00 PM Fri., May 21, 2021
Location: Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home

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Griswold - Kenneth Paul Martin 57, beloved husband of Cynthia Jean (Fournier) Martin, died Tuesday, May 11, 2021 peacefully at home with his wife by his side. He was born January 18, 1964 in Norwich, CT to Joseph K. Martin & the late Noella B. (Phaneuf) Martin.  Ken was a 1982 graduate of Norwich Free Academy. He attended Norwich Tech with a postgraduate degree in auto mechanics for 2 years. He then attended Denver Automotive & Diesel College for 18 months attaining his certification.  He returned to CT and began working at Goodwin Pontiac for a few years until he started a career with Ryder.  Ken has been with Ryder for over 31 years. He started in 1989 in the Montville location, then on to Dayville for some time before settling in at the Waterford Coca-Cola branch as a TIC.  Ken’s passion was fishing, which he did almost every weekend for most of his life. He bought himself a boat and enjoyed spending time fishing with his friends on weekends. He loved traveling abroad with his wife—their most recent trips with their travel buddies were to Egypt and Morocco and were quite memorable.  Ken had a love of refurbishing antique cars including a Karmann Ghia and his beloved 1967 Pontiac Firebird that was his pride and joy.  Late last year Ken was diagnosed with a very progressive form of ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease.  He and his wife appreciated everyone who came to visit and helped him during this difficult time.  Ken is survived by his wife Cynthia of 29 years, (they were high school sweethearts & met 40 years ago); his father Joseph K. Martin; his sister Karen Tetreault, her husband Timothy & their children Kurt, Emmett (& his wife Sara) & Calla; a brother-in-law Brian & his daughters Denee and Kalyn, and mother in law Florida Fournier, numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.  He was predeceased by his mother Noella B. (Phaneuf) Martin. Calling hours will be held on Friday May 21, 2021 from 4:00-6:00PM at the Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home 490 Voluntown Road Jewett City, CT.  A Memorial Service will immediately follow at 6:00PM.  For online condolences please go to In lieu of flowers donations can be made to

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Kurt Tetreault
   Posted Fri May 21, 2021
Words cannot describe the loss that we've experienced in Kenny's passing. What I would like to describe though is my love and gratitude towards Kenny for being such a major cornerstone of my life. I definitely wouldn't be the person I am today without his wisdom and guidance.
Every time I had some difficulty on my car with a rusted bolt or generally anything that was stuck on too tight, I would ask Kenny for help. I used to joke with him that he had the arms of Thor, a true iron man. One way or another the stuck part would get unstuck. He always used to say "You can't break broke."
I'd also like to express my sympathy for the two people who have been hit the hardest by Kenny's passing: my mother Karen and aunt Cindy. I'm sorry it had to be this way.

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