2016-09-28 / Front Page

Martin ‘Marty’ Adler, 1932-2016

By Liz Goff

Marty Adler was a giant among men not just in stature, but in the love and kindness he shared with family, friends – and certain small animals.
I drove by Marty on a very rainy day in 1986, and wondered why he was holding an umbrella at arms length instead of covering himself from the downpour.
“Marty, are you having a problem there?” I asked. “Nah,” he said. “I’m just a few doors away from my house and I can dry off when I get there.”
Marty reached down and scooped something up from the sidewalk, placed it inside his jacket and brought the umbrella over his head. He looked at me, laughed and said, “If he shrinks from the rain we won’t be able to see him at all,” then winked and headed home.
As he walked away a small, whiskered face peered from his jacket. Marty got soaked that day, but his puppy didn’t shrink. He was just that kind of guy.
Adler, 84, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, one of two sons of Charles and Anne Adler. After serving as an Airman First Class in the Korean War, Adler settled in New York City where he met his wife, Janet, through his job at a department store. He also worked for more than 29 years as a Deputy Clerk for a federal judge in the U.S. District Court. Marty and Janet tied the knot at St. Patrick’s RC Catholic Church in Dutch Kills almost 57-years ago, settled nearby and raised three children: David, Robert (a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy) and Laura, who worked for a brief time at the Queens Gazette.
Over the years, Marty and Janet dedicated countless hours as volunteer fundraisers for the St. Patrick’s parish, and were longstanding members of the Dutch Kills Civic Association and the Astoria Civic Association.
Marty volunteered for more than 30 years at a NYC Marathon watering station sponsored by the Dutch Kills Civic Association. He served as the group’s Sergeant-At-Arms for more than 25 years, and never missed an opportunity to help improve quality of life in the community.
Along with his wife and children, Adler is also survived by his brother, Robert, and grandchildren: Allison, Jonathan, Nicholas and Blanca.
Adler passed away on September 17, after a long battle with lung cancer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Patrick’s RC Church, 38-38 29th St., Long Island City, NY 11101, or by calling the church rectory at 718-729-6060.
Though born in Boston, Adler was a Yankee fan by choice. He was proud of the choices he made in life, proud of his children, grandchildren, his extended family and the legacy they share.
Sleep with the angels, Marty.

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