Martin Rein Hakker 76 yrs. young of St. James, New York
After receiving the devastating diagnosis of B cell Lymphocytic Leukemia in October
2020, Martin optimistically encouraged his family, “Don’t worry about me, I’m going
to float through this like I have with everything in my life”.
To the shock of all on March 10, 2021, Martin passed away at home surrounded by
his family. Marty as he was known by many, was born in Syosset, New York and was
a true Long Islander. He was a proud Graduate of St. Dominic’s High School in
Oyster Bay (class of 1960), raised his children in Huntington, lived and sailed in
Asharoken / Northport and eventually settled in St. James.
Marty had a 50-year career on Wall Street where he was an entrepreneur
specializing in software development and designing trading systems. Colleagues
that knew Marty described him as a visionary in every respect and humble at the
same time. Throughout his life he traveled and worked internationally making
friends all along the way.
Marty was an avid golfer and sailor and known to be an expert at the grill. He was a
history buff and spent numerous evenings sharing his knowledge and assisting
his grandchildren with their homework. He was enthusiastic and generous with his
tools and his time when someone was in need.
More recently Marty settled in St. James with his partner of 21 years, Colleen
Askinas. Together they were fortunate to spend quality time with her daughter
Lauren, her husband Jay Gearino and granddaughter Brooklyn, who brought
continuous light and laughter into his daily life.
Marty will be remembered for his infectious laugh, countless efforts of generosity
that have touched so many people that had the pleasure to know him.
Marty is survived by his partner Colleen Askinas of St. James, his former wife Rosalie
Hakker of Vero Beach, FL, his children, Martin Rein Hakker, II married to Patricia
Hakker, of Asharoken, NY, Jennifer Hakker Thompson married to Paul Thompson, of
Glen Cove, NY, Lauren Gearino married to Jay Gearino, of St. James, NY, his
grandchildren, Lauren Beneway married to Justin Beneway of Gilbert, AZ, Justin
Hakker of Tempe, AZ, Brooklyn Gearino, of St. James, NY, his great grandson,
Marshall Beneway of Gilbert, AZ, his siblings Maureen Calleja married to Francisco
Calleja of San Salvador, ELSL, Patricia Aston of Tampa, FL, John Hakker of
Greenland, NH, his cousins Sue and Ken Richmond of East Hampton NY, The
Joswiak family of Syosset, NY, the Rauber family of Dansville NY and the McKiernan
family of Spring Valley NY and Ireland.
A private gathering of family and friends will be planned to celebrate Marty’s life.
Together we will raise a glass of Rioja in honor of his remarkable life.