Martin J. Stack – 59, passed away on June 5, 2020 in Jupiter FL after a brief illness. He supported our chapter since inception and was a regular playing in our fund-raising golf tournaments.
“Marty not only donated, but visited our chapter and attended our many events,” said Carl Mistretta, Chapter Executive Director. “His brother Ed is a Trustee of The First Tee and Dick’s Sporting Goods has been a tremendous supporter of chapters across the country. Our hearts go out to Marty’s family. Marty was a true ambassador of the game of golf.”
Marty is survived by his wife of 28 years, Stacey. Marty is also survived by the love of his of 32 nieces and nephews, along with 6 great nieces and one that’s on the way. He was known to them as “Unkie Skunkie”, Unkie or Uncle Marty. He is also survived by his best friends Mike McCarthy and Tom Delmarter, plus the many close, dear friends from Binghamton NY, and Jupiter FL. His loyal companion, his golden retriever Clover.
Marty graduated from Binghamton North High School and attended Palm Beach Junior College in Boca Raton before returning back to Binghamton to work in the family business of Dick’s Sporting Goods. Marty worked for Dick’s for over 25 years before leaving the company to pursue his own businesses; Northeastern Water Conditioning (Culligan) in Taylor, PA and Atlantic Coast Water Conditioning (Kinetico) in Stuart, FL.
Marty was a member of Vestal Hills CC, Genegantslet Golf Club, Binghamton CC and Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club since 2003. His love for the NY Yankees brought him to test his ability at several Yankee Fantasy camps in Florida and Arizona. He played with legends – Don Larson, Frank Howard, Mickey Rivers, Ron Guidry and becoming great friends and fishing buddies with Joe Girardi and his daughter Lena. His other love of sports teams included the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, Syracuse Orange, the Boston Celtics, the NY Giants and the Masters Golf tournament. His absolute love of the water created a fisherman like no other – he enjoyed fishing, taking many young ones on “Pinstripes 2” and would often be given the title of “Captain Marty”.
Marty will be remembered as a kind, gentle soul, who would do anything for anyone. He was surrounded by his family, played like a champion and left us peacefully too soon.