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In Memory of

Martin V. Alonzo

April 8, 1931 - November 24, 2016

Obituary


Martin V. Alonzo, 85, of Greenwich CT died suddenly on November 24, 2016 at Greenwich Hospital. Martin is survived by his wife, Sabina, his children Martin (Judy), Marlene and Sabrina and three grandchildren, Martin Kyle, Jillian Brooke and Devin Charles.
He graduated from Brooklyn Tech High School and received a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting, cum laude, and an MBA in finance and investments from Baruch College. He spent his career in the metal industries. Martin was Chairman of Chase Brass Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of free-machining and forging...

Martin V. Alonzo, 85, of Greenwich CT died suddenly on November 24, 2016 at Greenwich Hospital. Martin is survived by his wife, Sabina, his children Martin (Judy), Marlene and Sabrina and three grandchildren, Martin Kyle, Jillian Brooke and Devin Charles.
He graduated from Brooklyn Tech High School and received a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting, cum laude, and an MBA in finance and investments from Baruch College. He spent his career in the metal industries. Martin was Chairman of Chase Brass Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of free-machining and forging brass rod in the United States and Canada. With more than a century of experience in the industry, Chase's name and reputation are well known. The company achieved ISO 9002 certification in 1996, the first U.S. brass rod mill to meet the demanding international standards. Martin also held several executive positions with AMAX Inc., a large mining and aluminum company, rising to executive vice president and chief financial officer. He also served as director of Alumax Inc., an integrated aluminum company, from 1974 to 1987.
Calling hours are Friday, December 2, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m at Leo Gallagher & Son funeral home, 31 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 3, at St. Mary Parish, 178 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to Yale stem cell center and the Yale Eye Center. Please have memorial gifts sent to: Sharon McManus Yale School of Medicine Development Office, PO Box 7611, New Haven, CT 06519-0611. Please make a notation that the gift is: In Memory of Martin Alonzo
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Dad's Eulogy December 3, 2016

My name is Sabrina, dad's youngest daughter.

Dad was a family man who loved and adored my mother - the love of his life which he just said recently. Dad always credited Mom for all his successes, but none of his failures.

Each of us have our famous memories with Dad - Sunday dinners, making appointments, playing golf and trips to Europe and Africa.

Dad loved his children Martin and Marlene and his daughter in law Judy which he called his 3rd daughter; but he adored his 3 grandchildren - Martin Kyle, Jillian and Devin. His favorite expression to them was - Do not do anything stupid. As a youngster, Martin would say - Papa how do I know? Give me examples. But Papa, was too smart for this. So he said, when you see it, you will know. As you can imagine, they had this conversation many times. Just recently, Papa had a similar conversation with Jillian who enjoys the NY night life.

Dad had a professional family. He cared about business but he cared more about the people. Later in his professional life, Dad was Chairman of Chase Brass and Copper Company located in Ohio. My Dad loved wearing his hard hat and being on the floor with the guys - that included the night shift! He would eat in the cafeteria, that is where you learn what is going on. This past week we learned that when a future employer saw Dad's name on the reference list - the response was - I do not need to look any further. That is all I need to know.

Dad never wanted to stop working and living all the time. He just bought 10 cases of wine, never 2, that was inefficient and my brother brought them down into the cellar. Just 2 days before he passed away, he left an option order with certain parameters on my sister's voice mail at 8:23PM for her to execute the next day. Then, he called Marlene the following afternoon to check on the status.

That was Dad. He was an in creditable husband, father and grandfather.
Martin, Marlene, Sabrina