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Martin Douglas Hoxley 1943-2023

Martin Douglas Hoxley, 79, left this earthly life January 16, 2023 on a new journey, probably with his beloved companion Teka at his side. A long-time resident of Woodbury, CT, Martin died peacefully in hospice care at The Summit at Plantsville after a brief hospitalization for cancer. He will be deeply missed, and will live on in the rich stories of his many shared adventures.

Martin was born in Waterbury, CT, June 3, 1943, to the late Clyde Seymour and Jessie Elizabeth (Smith) Hoxley. He attended Woodbury High School, then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he worked as a diesel mechanic stationed at Otis Air Force Base. While on leave, a contest of wills with a horse (which the horse won) left Martin with 13 metal pins in his leg, a slight limp, and light duty (KP) which helped start his interest in cooking.

Martin worked as a cook in California, eventually opening “Zelda’s,” in Lisbon, NH, where he was known for his generosity in providing free meals for those less fortunate. His secret coleslaw recipe lives on, and was always a hit at the large gatherings with his many cousins.

For many years, Martin was the Maintenance Superintendent at Spruce Bank Farm senior housing and the former Curtis House Inn. Martin also worked as a plumber, often assisting other plumbers in the Woodbury area. Most recently, Martin worked as a ride-along transportation monitor for EdAdvance and Cardinal Driving Services, Inc.

Martin was known for his love of animals, his caring heart, and his friendships with people from all walks of life. His gift for growing things left colorful gardens wherever he lived and worked. He loved cars from the 50s and 60s (especially Fords), country western line-dancing (in his wilder years), and decorating with colored glass, statuary, and frogs. He enjoyed fishing, being out in nature, and his daily morning coffee with his cronies.

Martin believed in Native American spirituality and metaphysics and was a healer and a wizard working with crystals and essential oils. He was a former member of the Heaven on Earth intentional community and Soul Support Systems in Vermont where he trained as a facilitator in Soul Recognition work. Since his passing, there are many who believe he has visited them in the form of an owl, appearing in daylight to send a message of love before flying off in his new-found freedom.

Martin is survived by his sister Kathryn H. Buckley of Cheyenne, Wyoming, his four step-children, his many cousins, and several dear friends.

Martin’s ashes will be scattered at a small gathering in early June. There will be no calling hours. To leave a message of remembrance, please visit Abbey Funeral & Cremation Services online at or message Gary Lundin via Facebook or Facebook Messenger.

In lieu of flowers, you might consider buying a lottery ticket and celebrating your winnings in Martin’s honor, or making a donation to an animal shelter of your choice.


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Martin was my stepfather. He opened Zelda's with my mother, Dee.

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