WILLINGTON, Conn. — Allan J. Martel, 88, died peacefully in his home in Willington on March 3. The last of 13 children, Allan was raised in Sturbridge during simpler times when farm chores were an obligation and playing baseball on the Sturbridge Common was his favorite pastime.

Woven throughout the fabric of his life were a love of the outdoors, a love of family and a penchant for mechanical curiosity.  He was also a die-hard Democrat, Red Sox fan, and golfer at Hemlock Ridge.  At the core was his spirituality; Allan was an intense student of A Course in Miracles.

Shortly after graduating from Southbridge’s Wells High School in 1948, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was later recalled during the Korean War.  Returning to the Southbridge area, and after training under the G. I. Bill, he started the very successful Allan’s Hairstyling Salon.

He says goodbye to Beverly, his wife, daughters Laurie Gosselin, Lynne Harrington, both of Woodstock, Conn., and Gail Woodward, of Palatka, Fla., their husbands David, Scott, and Paul, and grandchildren Bethany Shepard, Matthew and Timothy Harrington, Lindsay and Bryan Woodward, and the mother of his three girls Annette Martel.

Calling hours for Allan will be held on Friday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge, with a memorial service to follow in the funeral home at 11:00am.  Burial will be private.

In lieu of Flowers, please perform an act of kindness in Allan’s memory.

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