Louis E. Martino, a retired Western Electric Corp. auditor and accomplished musician, died Saturday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care of complications from open-heart surgery. The longtime Timonium resident was 83.
Mr. Martino was born and raised in Newark, N.J., and graduated from Barringer High School in 1940.
During World War II, he enlisted in the Coast Guard and was assigned as lighthouse keeper at Mount Desert Rock near Frenchboro, Maine.
Mr. Martino later joined the attack transport USS Joseph T. Dickman, which transported troops as part of the invasion of Okinawa.
He was discharged in 1946 and enrolled at New York University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1948.
Mr. Martino went to work as an accountant for Western Electric Corp. in Kearny, N.J., the manufacturing division of the Bell Telephone System, in 1950.
He was later promoted to auditor and held positions in New York City and Reading, Pa., before coming to Baltimore in 1970 to work as the company's old Point Breeze plant.
At his 1984 retirement, he was an assistant supervisor in charge of the company's Eastern region.
Mr. Martino was a past president of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
In 1945, he met his future wife on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, N.J., when he lit the cigarette of Gloria F. DiIorio, who was sitting on a bench with a few other vacationing friends.
"He told me he'd meet me at church the next morning for Mass, and there he was," Mrs. Martino, a former neighborhood correspondent for the Towson Times, said yesterday. "We dated for several years until getting married in 1949."
Mr. Martino played the accordion, piano and organ and enjoyed engaging other musical family members in impromptu club-cellar concerts.
He also liked golfing, woodworking and assisting family and friends in home-repair projects.
Since 1970, he had been an active communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane in Cockeysville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Besides his wife, surviving are two sons, Louis E. Martino Jr. of Clarksville and Robert G. Martino of Phoenix, Baltimore County; a daughter, Michelle M. Naumann of Cockeysville; a brother, Ronald G. Martino of Ocean Township, N.J.; and eight grandchildren.