Ronald Martino, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2020. The renowned educator, author, mentor, and life teacher was born in Newark, raised in Union, and resided in Colonia for his remaining 54 years. He was 78.
After attaining his Bachelor's degree in education and Master's degree in principalship, Ron became a special education teacher and began his career as a basketball coach at Burnett Jr. High School in Union, where he had previously attended as a student.
At St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Edison, he distinguished himself as an innovative educator and storied coach. As the school's vice principal and guidance counselor, his gifts for leadership and deep empathy touched the lives of hundreds of students and their families. On the court, his motivating coaching style and father-like love for his basketball team brought victory to the school he was so dedicated to serving: he proudly lead the 1981-82 team to win the Middlesex County Varsity Championship. Inspiring in his exemplary image and wise teachings, he set countless youths on new paths to hopeful futures.
This dedication to serving others began the second phase of Ron’s own life journey as guide and life teacher. He developed a unique training system to teach people to be more mindful and successful in all aspects of their lives. For over thirty years, he taught his program for structured positive living in personal sessions conducted at his kitchen table, welcoming strangers and friends alike into his home. He continued teaching in his office in Metuchen for the past fifteen years. Ron’s program was illuminated in his 2008 book, The Self Image Solution, which enabled him to offer his teachings to the world. The hallmark of Ron’s remarkable life was his dedication to helping others build a positive connection to one’s self and one’s family, friends, and community.
He loved going to the movies, watching sports, and hosting the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays—each of them examples of gathering together with all types of family to celebrate life and the human condition. Ron’s life was an unrelenting shout of love and joy. He will forever inspire each of us to shine out our own unique lights into the world.
Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Catherine (nee Hudson); his daughter, Lisa, and her husband Joseph Glynn, of Colonia; his daughter, Kim, and her husband Anthony Genna, of Edison; his son, Ronald Martino, of Los Angeles, CA; his sister, Patti Martino, of Monroe Township; his six grandchildren, Taylore, Liam and Aidan Glynn, Alyssa Chertcoff, and Vincent and Marina Genna; and his many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Thursday, 7-9 p.m., and Friday, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 27), Metuchen. The funeral mass is set for Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 9AM at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Colonia, where Ron was a parishioner. Interment will be at the St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia.