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IRS agent was compelling storyteller

Stephen Huba
| Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, 11:00 p.m.
Vincent Martino Jr. of Jeannette died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at UPMC East in Monroeville after a long battle with leukemia. He was 85.
Vincent Martino Jr. of Jeannette died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at UPMC East in Monroeville after a long battle with leukemia. He was 85.

Vincent Martino Jr. was an IRS agent who saw his work as a service to his country.

“He always referred to himself as a civil servant. He felt every person should pay their fair share and that was what his job was all about,” his daughter Paula Martino said.

As an IRS agent, he audited West Penn Power, Rolling Rock Brewery and other corporations and was able to recover large sums of unpaid taxes for the federal government, she said.

“He was just real objective about it,” she said. “He always said, ‘I was made for this job.' ”

Vincent Martino Jr. of Jeannette died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at UPMC East in Monroeville after a long battle with leukemia. He was 85.

Born in Jeannette on April 11, 1932, he was a son of the late Vincent Martino Sr. and Nicolina (Piaino) Martino. He graduated from Jeannette High School in 1950 and earned his accounting degree from Duquesne University in 1956.

He got a job with the IRS right out of college but then was drafted into the Army. He served in Germany for two years and then returned to Jeannette, where he assisted with the closing of his father's shoemaker shop.

He resumed his work with the IRS and commuted to Pittsburgh from Jeannette by train. He later was transferred to the Greensburg office and was promoted to supervisor.

While working for the IRS, he passed his CPA exam and got a master's degree in business from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

“He really liked his job and felt he was performing a service to his country by bringing in money that was due to his country. He had no qualms about that,” Martino said.

Upon retirement, he was given the Albert Gallatin Award for outstanding service to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Mr. Martino then opened his own CPA business in downtown Greensburg, which he operated from 1982 to 1997. Paula Martino, also a CPA, worked with him there for 15 years.

“He and I had similar personalities — quiet, methodical, organized. He had me come into the office because he wanted to have a computerized setup. I watched him, watched what he did. I was good with math and liked the work, so I said, ‘I could probably do this.' We decided I would go to night school to study accounting,” she said.

Mr. Martino was an avid reader and compelling storyteller, his daughter Karen Greenan said.

“He used to tell us brewery stories and stories about his aunts. He told some doozies,” she said. “They were real stories about when he worked for a brewery in Jeannette.”

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael V. Martino, in 2010.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Martino; two daughters, Paula Martino and her husband, Robert Clementi, of North Huntingdon, and Karen Greenan of Jacksonville, Fla.; a son, Edward Krisner and his wife, Aline of Monroeville; and five grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg. Entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children, 135 Clelian Heights Lane, Greensburg, PA 15601.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1280, shuba@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shuba_trib.

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