Dr. Pierre J. MARTENEY
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MARTENEY, Dr. Pierre J
Dr. Pierre J Marteney, of Manchester, CT, died suddenly Monday (January 18, 2010) at Hartford Hospital of a massive stroke. Born on New Year's Day, 1932 in Ridley Park, PA, he was the older son of Reverend (Col.) C. Walton Marteney and Lorene Rathje Marteney. Music was always a part of Pierre's life. His first public performance was at the age of two, singing "Life is Like a Mountain Railroad". He began playing piano recitals at age six, played trumpet and baritone horn in school bands and orchestras, and was in school plays from high school through college. In 1947, the family moved to the Air Force station in Wiesbaden, Germany, where Pierre's father was Chief of Chaplains. Pierre and his brother Eugene attended high school in Frankfurt and Weisbaden, Germany, with Pierre graduating valedictorian. Attending West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV, Pierre started as a piano major, but graduated with a BS in chemistry, a minor in mathematics and emphasis in music, giving a senior recital in piano and serving as accompanist to other performers. Pierre met his wife, Judith Carolyn Gates, at the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) while earning a PhD in Physical Chemistry. They married on June 10, 1956, and shortly after Judy received her Masters in Early Childhood Education. The young family moved to Connecticut in 1961 after Pierre decided to take a position with United Aircraft Research Laboratories (now the United Technology Research Center) in East Hartford, CT, where he began a long career as a research scientist, specializing in catalytic combustion and fuel. In 1989, he received an outstanding service award for research in development of fuels for high-speed aircraft. He was author and co-author of many scientific papers and reports, and a member of the American Chemical Society. Upon moving to town, Pierre joined the Manchester Civic Orchestra (now the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale); held the elected positions of Librarian and President; sang in the Chorale; played piano and harpsichord; and joined the percussion section. Pierre was well-versed in classical music, especially the Baroque, and concentrated his practice on Bach and Beethoven. He built two keyboard instruments, a polygonal (five-sided) virginal and a two-manual harpsichord, both used in concerts with the Manchester Orchestra, and repaired instruments of all kinds. Pierre also served as Choir Director and on several committees at Trinity Covenant Church. In 1970, Pierre was drawn to the Manchester stage by the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan and went on to become a Life Time member of the Manchester Musical Players. Pierre enjoyed acting, and constructing sets and the occasional prop. He was last seen in the 2009 MMP production of Seussical the Musical as Judge Yertle the Turtle. He and Judy were active members of the Little Theater of Manchester acting or doing make-up, and more recently ushering at the performances. Pierre was honored to be the recipient of the 3rd Annual Hall of Fame Awards for Arts in Manchester. The Blue Shutter Research and Leisure Institute, a family venture, continues to support the arts. The Marteney family has long been involved with town activities. Lutz Junior Museum, the Historical Society, Cheney Hall restoration, and many other organizations have been recipients of Pierre's community efforts. He was an accomplished cabinetmaker and furniture builder and refinisher. Pierre was "Mr. Fix It" installing electrical and plumbing, and renovating his home and his children's homes; repairing and painting cars and lawn mowers; creating award-winning pieces of woodworking; and enjoying tinkering of all kinds. In 2008, the Marteneys won the Manchester Cheney Brother's National Historic Commission Preservation Award on the preservation of their early 1800s home. Judy's preschool, the Blue Shutter Play and Learn School, initially operated out of the home. Dr. Marteney is survived by his wife, Judith Gates Marteney; his daughter, Susan Marteney of Auburn, NY, and her daughter Lydia Marteney; and Martha Marteney of Manchester, CT and her husband, Robert Nelson; his sister-in-law Arline Franquiz Marteney of Harvard, MA; and one aunt, Annabelle Marteney Cruise of Huntington, WV, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother. The memorial service will be held on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Covenant Church, 302 Hackmatack Street in Manchester. The receiving hour will begin at 1 p.m. Burial will be private in Bramlett Cemetery, Harrisburg, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to these organizations which seek to draw one from the everyday cares of life through the inspiration of the arts: Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, PO Box 861, Manchester, CT 06045; or the Manchester Musical Players, PO Box 626, Manchester, CT 06045. The Watkins Funeral Home, 142 East Center Street, Manchester, CT, has care of arrangements. To sign the on-line register book, visit www.holmes-watkinsfuneralhomes.com.

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32 entries
February 24, 2010
Dear Marteney Family
I was very sorry to hear about Pierre. Back in the '70's I had the pleasure of working with him in G&S and LTM productions. I was always impressed by his talent and good humor.
Please be assured of my sincere sympathy.
Bill Siddons
February 20, 2010
Dear Judy,
It was a happy, sad moment running into you yesterday by chance and I it was difficult to hear the news of Pierre's passing. I first met him while working at the UTRL about 1968. Also having an interest in musicials and singing we kept meeting at events over the years. I remember heaping lots of praise on him at a visit to your home when I saw his just finished grandfather clock. Made of oak I believe. My thoughts of Pierre was of a gentleman with a quick smile, gentle laugh and always welcoming. You both made a great pair. I wish you the peace and joy of knowing what a special person you had to share your life.
Ted (David) Kennedy
February 1, 2010
Judy and Family

I just learned of Pierre's passing and was so saddened. As I thought of Pierre I remembered the many Christmas Eve's that you spent at my house becoming such an integral part of our holidays. Watching a flower bloom on your deck..... watching Hatheway and Sheba play in the yard. So many wonderful memories. I was very sorry that I missed his memorial service but my thoughts and my prayers are with you. If there is anything that I can do plese - just give a call next door. He shall live in the hearts and memories of all he touched.

Love Martha
Martha Dobruck
January 28, 2010
Dear Judy and Family,

We were shocked and saddened to learn of Pierre's untimely passing. He was such a wonderful man. We always enjoyed his good company, gentle humor and interesting stories and will miss him.

With heartfelt condolences, Pam and Bennett Brooks
January 28, 2010
Dear Judy,
All the years I stood up in front of Hop River concerts.. you and Pierre were always there. What a wonderful support for that organization....as it happens, the last time we (Russ and I ) saw Pierre, was also the last time we saw Bruce.
Our hearts go out to you and your family..always know that you are not alone.
Stephanie and Russ Wheeler
Hop River Chamber Music
Andover, CT
January 26, 2010
Dear Judy and family,
My deepest sympathy to all of you at this time of deepest loss. I met Pierre years ago when we both joined the Manchester Chorale. His move to the orchestra was a welcome addition to the organization and every musician in it was the beneficiary of his musical talent as well as his wonderful personality. Our thoughts are with you all as you adjust to living with only memories of a unique man.
Joan DeGiacomo
January 24, 2010
Dear Judy and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I am one of many who had the pleasure of working with Pierre on a number of musicals with MMP and LTM. He was a charming and talented man and will be greatly missed by many people.
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. May God bless you all.

Marge Patefield, Enfield , Ct.
January 24, 2010
Dear Martha and family,
I was saddened to hear of your father's sudden passing. Know that he is remembered by many whose lives he touched.
Laura Gatzkiewicz
Laura Gatzkiewicz
January 24, 2010
I met Pierre in 1963 when I started work at UARL and spent a lot of time with him in my early days. He was a good friend and a brilliant man who openly shared his wisdom. I will miss him deeply. Please accept our deepest sympathy at your loss and may you achieve peace and comfort at this difficult time.
Ira & Nina Kay
January 23, 2010
Judy and Family...Please accept our deepest sympathy at your loss. Our prayers and sincere wishes for peace and comfort are with you at this difficult time.

We'll long remember many good times with you and Pierre in our early years at UARL and recall rather clearly being recruited to help move that enormous grand piano into your home for restoration.

Pierre was a kind and thoughtful friend and an exceptionally talented co-worker. We sincerely appreciate his many contributions in the research laboratory and to his community.

All that's good.

Wayne and Dorothy Burwell
Wayne & Dorothy Burwell
January 23, 2010
Dear Judy
So very sorry to hear of Pierre' s passing and we will remember the good times on Hackmatack St. and others. He was a very sweet and gentle man.
Don & Linda
January 23, 2010
To the Marteney family: Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Pierre. I knew him from the Manchester Chorale many years ago, a very talented man. In time, the good memories will lessen the emptiness.

Irma Carter, Vernon
Irma Carter
January 23, 2010
Shirley Mounsey
January 23, 2010
We were so sorry to learn of Pierre's passing. We remember those "G&S" days with fondness. Pierre never missed a chance to assist in any way possible - either on stage or off. He was truly a Renaissance man and will be missed by many.
Cathy & Mark Nystrom
January 23, 2010
To the Marteney family,
Please accept my sincere condolinces for Pierre's passing.
As a (30 yr.) retired UTRC associate I am pleased to express my respect for Pierre's outstanding professional accomplishments at UTRC.
It was only when I became a member of the UTRC Retiree's that his "second career" in music and the arts came to my attention. Always the gentleman he has earned a high place in heaven.

WJ (Jack) Green
Vernon, Ct.
January 23, 2010
Dear Judy,
He had a wonderful life and you helped him succeed. I’m so sorry. Deepest Sympathy, Eileen Dunbar
Eileen Dunbar
January 23, 2010
As a lab technician I worked with Pierre when he first arrived at UTRC.

After reassignments sent us in different directions, he never failed to greet me, always friendly as usual,
when out paths crossed within the center.

He clearly was the type of individual who will be missed by many.
Vince Failla
January 22, 2010
Marteney’s, Despite the years that have gone by without seeing you, please know that my heart goes out to you all and you are thought of often. I will never forget the visits to your home with my family, or making the trip to the summer house, trekking through the woods and visiting the latest beaver dam. I was always impressed with the musical instruments and Dr. Pierre’s amazing talents and the fun and laughter during our visits. Our prayers go out to all of you.
Keith Stauffer
January 22, 2010
Dear Susan, and Judy, you have been in our thoughts all week. You shared Pierre with us on many occassions and we are so grateful to have known him. The breadth of his knowledge in almost any subject was astounding, and he was so kind as he shared what he knew. Dave enjoyed his chats, and the music they discussed; I enjoyed our mutual interest in AJ Downing and his architecture. Your father opened worlds to us and that is such a gift. We are so sorry he is gone so soon.
Love to you.
Kathleen and David Connelly
January 22, 2010
To the Marteney Family: As a member of the Chorale since 1970s, I deeply express my sincere condolences, and personal loss, for the passing of Pierre who was an exemplary- dedicated member of MSOC and made us very happy when conversing, playing percussion, and sharing anecdotes. He kept us 'up the beat'. He will be greatly missed. May God be your comfort from henceforth. Victor Agosto (Hartford, CT)
January 22, 2010
It's been many years since working with Pierre on a production of HELLO DOLLY for the Manchester Musical Players. His help was invaluable. With wood, nuts, bolts, talent and time, he cleverly made my set ideas a reality for the whole cast to work with and enjoy. He never saw a problem, only a challenge. And he enjoyed himself in the process. A gifted individual, who has left us too soon. My sympathy to all his family....and to his extended theater family.
Thomas Colletta
January 22, 2010
We keep all of the family in our prayers and will remember Pierre as the great uncle that he is and was.

Bob Gates Jr and Family
Robert Gates
January 22, 2010
To Judy and the entire Marteney Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. It is also our loss as well. I will always remember the first time I met Pierre, when we did Oklahoma with Manchester G&S in 1988. I always enjoyed watching him during "The Farmer and Cowman". He always showed great joy when he was onstage. I will miss Pierre a great deal.
Michael Forgetta
January 22, 2010
Judy, Sorry to hear of Pierre's passing. We will always remember seeing and being with you and Pierre at the Frankfurt High Reunion in Ohio. May the Lord comfort you and your family in your hour of need.
Sherman & Joyce Hill
January 21, 2010
To the Marteney family: I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working closely with Pierre on many a Manchester production thru the 80's. As the director for MMP productions from Camelot to West Side Story, I was amazed and grateful for all he did - whether it was singing on stage or building sets. He was always so willing to do anything I asked. He made my job so much easier. He was an amazingly talented man and it saddened me to hear of his passing. My prayers are with you and your family.
Donna Dube
San Diego, CA
Donna Dube
January 21, 2010
With deepest sympathy during your time of mourning.
Holmes Funeral Home Watkins Funeral Home
January 21, 2010
Dr. and Mrs P.R. Blaszuk
January 21, 2010
Susan and Family- We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your father was a great man and we send our deepest sympathy.

Your friends from Auburn
January 21, 2010
Susan and family, we here at Five Star Bank in Auburn are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. We are very saddened by the news of your Father's passing. Please take care and know we're here for you. Michelle, John, Dave and staff.
Michelle Barber
January 21, 2010
To the Marteney Family: I was so sadden to hear of Pierre's passing. He was such a great man and left a lasting impression on me. We did several shows together with Manchester Musical Players and we sang in the same section - always one to help other learn the music. His joy for life, his family, music, and the Bule Shutter Institute was infectious. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May He Rest in Peace.
Michael Morgan
January 21, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Marsha,Shannon and Wayne Czerwinski
January 21, 2010
Dear Judy & Family
We are very sorry for your loss and will see you on Saturday. I just read the obituary and Pierre had quite a wonderful, exciting and full life.
Sue/Jim Dwyer
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