Martin T. Green
Martin T. “Marty” Green, 80, of Medford, New Jersey, entered into eternal rest on May 26, 2012.
He was a Veteran of the United States Army, having served as a Guard of Honor at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and in the Korean War.
He was a graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy and Rutgers University, where he was a varsity football player. He was the owner-operator of several restaurant and clubs, including; Perkins Restaurant & Bakery locations, Green Valley Farms Resturants, Chicago Prime Steak House, Chicago Resturant at the Pennsauken Country Club, The Main Street Pub, M Street Night Club, and the Mansion on Main Street. He was a black-belt in Tae Kwon Do Karate, and an instructor at Silver Karate in Medford. He was an instrumental figure in youth hockey organizations including the Philadelphia Little Flyers and the Coliseum Gladiators.
He loved sports, music, and the arts. He was a loving father and husband and is remembered for his abundant joy, creativity and intelligence. Always idealistic, he enjoyed his family and friends and spent countless hours sailing boats and training for running races. A self-taught wine connoisseur and fine dining chef, he designed, managed and facilitated hundreds of elegant weddings and elaborate large-scale affairs. His influence on Southern New Jersey dining is evident by the hundreds of hospitality industry professionals and entrepreneurs who started their careers learning from him. A true teacher, after retiring from the hospitality industry he spent his latter years as a Karate instructor where he was fondly remembered for teaching classes, breaking wood with his bare hands and doing one hundred straight push-ups. Nothing was more important to him than his love for Karen and his four children who he spent telling every day for the last year how much he loved them. He taught them and everyone he encountered how to face a debilitating disease with humility and dignity.
He was survived by his beloved partner Karen Lovallo; children Lora Briggs (Robert), Mark Green (Karen), William Green (Angela), and Michael Green (Paula); grandchildren Kara, Zachary, Benjamin, Paige, William, Richard, Robert, Hannah and Anna; and great-grandson Presley.
A Celebration of Life was held on May 30, 2012 at St. Andrew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, Gibbsboro, New Jersey. Interment with Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery, Columbarium Section #7-E Niche 43.