The MTD mourns the passing of Greater St. Louis Area and Vicinity Port Council President Jack Martorelli on August 27.
Although he only led the PMC since 2014, Martorelli, 78, had been a mainstay of the organization for decades.
In recalling his longtime friend, MTD President Michael Sacco remembered Martorelli as one of the “amigos” who teamed with Sacco, Richard Mantia and Bobby Sansone to rebuild the council during the 1970s.
“Jack was the ‘go-to’ guy in St. Louis,” Sacco said. “If you needed something done, you went to Jack.
“He will be sorely missed,” Sacco added.
Martorelli was a member of Operating Engineers Local 513, where he had served as president and business manager.
He was extremely active in local charities, especially Backstoppers, Inc., which collected funds to pay the debts of fallen firefighters and police officers. The Marine Corps veteran was very proud of his work with the annual Guns ‘N Hoses charity boxing tournament, a major source of dollars for Backstoppers.