Ipswich — Martin C. Jarman, 64, of Ipswich, died Friday at Massachusetts General Hospital, after an unexpected set back in his year-long struggle with cancer. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of late Archibald and Nora (Coleman)Jarman. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from LaSalle University, and studied philosophy at Temple University, Philadelphia, before moving to Massachusetts.
Mr. Jarman built a small specialty moving company, Cartage New England, which served the entire Boston area musical community. He expedited complicated multi-venue moves and adapted to the changing needs of musicians, stage crews and organizations, including the New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory, Boston Symphony Hall, and the Handel & Haydn Orchestra. He was gifted at managing details, providing logistical support, and safeguarding historic and valuable instruments, such as harpsichords and harps. He worked closely with the active Boston harpist community, supporting their performances throughout the city.
Mr. Jarman was an integral part of the Boston Early Music Festival and the Cambridge Society for Early Music, which honored him with the Arion Award for "Distinguished and Outstanding Contributions to Musical Culture."
Mr. Jarman is survived by his wife, Edna Bishop Jarman; his daughter, Jessica and son, Christopher; his sister, Mary Ellen Jarman; brother, Russell Jarman; nieces, Jennifer and Jaclyn Jarman; and nephew, Joshua Jarman.
Mr. Jarman was a dedicated father and loving husband, who enjoyed nature and rock 'n' roll. He loved books, history and world issues. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held at 9 a.m., on Thursday, August 22, from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by the celebration of a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Hope Church, Linebook Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Salem. For directions, or to leave a condolence, please visit www.whittier-porter.com.