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Martin Ross Chamberlain


To be announced at a later date.


Martin Ross Chamberlain, 72, formerly from Bethesda and Frederick, MD, died at his home in Hagerstown, MD on September 11, 2020 with family by his side. 

Born July 6, 1948 in Topeka, KS, Marty was the son of the late Thomas W. Chamberlain Sr. and the late Frances Idol Chamberlain. 

Marty graduated from Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda and then served in the navy for four years on the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy. After the navy, he graduated from Montgomery Community College and began a career as a computer sales representative with Frederick Computers Plus and Sunrise Computers. In his 40s Marty attended the Baltimore School of Massage and began a fulfilling career as a massage therapist. An avid board member and former president of the Maryland chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association, Marty volunteered countless hours with various athletic fundraisers including breaking the Guinness World Record of massage therapists at the 2009 Marine Corps Marathon in DC.

Marty enjoyed photography, kayaking, hiking, hang-gliding and flying. After having children, he volunteered with several summer camps and nonprofits. Particularly important to him was the soup kitchen and Way Station in Frederick, MD. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte Smeak Chamberlain. Marty is survived by his daughter Terra Chamberlain (Hagerstown), son Ian Chamberlain and fiancée Caitlin Furlong (Silver Spring), brother Peter Chamberlain (Bethesda), and dear friend Rose. A memorial service will be held at a later date due to the coronavirus.

Marty performed random acts of kindness on a daily basis. In lieu of flowers, please pay it forward in his honor and help someone out. For suggestions, please visit 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD.

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Guest Book

He was the kindest, gentlest man I ever knew. I have a well of peace & calm in my heart, which is his memory.

Marty was such a great guy. Soulful and generous. He was so kind to me; he supported my efforts by driving to Silver Spring when I was an acupuncturist in training. He carried a vision of a fuller, more resplendent world right her right now. I will miss him. Love to Terra and Ian

Nancy Smith

Marty was one of the good guys. Knew him in high school and wished I had known him better. I last saw Marty at our WJ 70th birthday party. Spent some time talking to him and when I got up to leave he noticed i was in some pain. He had me sit down and then spent 10 minutes or more massaging my lower back while in the restaurant. Can't even begin to tell you how many Spartans in that restaurant told me what a great guy he was. I am sure his family and friends will have everlasting memories to comfor them.

Tom Mossburg

Wow, we just saw you in October 2019. What a shock. My sincerest sympathys go to his family.

Kathleen Porter
Vienna, va

Marty was the sweetest soul I ever had the pleasure of meeting. He will be missed.

Curt Bachtell
Hagerstown, Maryland

My dear Marty, miss you already. Thank you for great times, memories and being part of my life. You definitely made a difference in this world. You always worried about other people and not so much about yourself. Love you forever ❤️ TC

Teresa Chamberlain
Cutler Bay, Fl

Sincere condolences to Ian and Tara and the rest of your family. Love and light to you. Karen White

Karen White
Frederick, MD

We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Marty. We knew him from The Banner School in Frederick, Maryland. He was always a kind and caring person.....and a great masseuse. May he rest in peace and as time goes on, may his memory bring the family comfort.

Sharon & Marshall Botkin
Frederick, MD

My condolences to the family. Many great memories of Marty he will surely be missed .

Terry Bowman
Sabillasville , Maryland

The most amazingly gentle soul I have ever known.

Gordon Cassells
Crownsville, MD

My heart goes out to Marty’s children, Terra and Ian, and family, for the scope of their loss on this Earthwalk is enormous and irreplaceable. Marty was and will forever be our shining star of love and hope. He was refuge. He was always sanctuary from life’s storms, a quiet loving place to dwell, a secret garden. He has preceded us through the veil and is again Lovingly working on our behalf, as always.

Melissa D. Heshmat
Au Sable Forks, NY

My condolences to Marty's family. I am so glad to have met Marty. He was a dear sweet soul who always had kind words and wanted to do good for others making them feel special. We enjoyed having him as a friend.

Tonya Williams
Middletown, MD

We are so very sad to say goodbye to Marty so soon. He was a good neighbor to us for many years, and we’re proud to say he became a very good friend. A kind, wise and humorous friend. We will miss him. Sending love to family and friends. Helen, Steve, Liam, Conor and coco xx

Clark family
Hagerstown, MD

Marty was a very giving and welcoming person, always making you feel like part of the family. He will be greatly missed!

Ami, Brad, Xavier Moser
Hagerstown, MD

Give Charlotte a huge hug from us. Sending our love to you all.

Betsy Kimball
Groveland , NY

Terra, may the happy memories of your father give you strength. Prayers and hugs from all your friends at Outback. Richard, Sheri and Dave and so many more.

Richard Ward
Royal Oak, MD

Terra and Ian, I know you will miss your Dad. He was a great man and helped a lot of people in many ways. I remember visiting you in frederick. Those were good times. Miss your Mom also. All my love and prayers to you.

Mary Ethel McCorkle
Emerald Isle, N.C.

Rockville, MD

I’m so sorry for the loss of Marty. He was a gentle soul.

Janet Frensilli
Rockville, Md

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