GLOUCESTER — William T. Martin, 86, husband of Molly (Missir) Martin, formerly of Gloucester, passed away from a debilitating heart condition on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at his daughter's home in Castle Valley, Utah. He was surrounded by his wife, sons, and daughters, and Paula's beloved Jack Russell Terrier, Bianca.
Bill was a native of Gloucester, and was born on Nov. 9, 1922, the youngest child of Waldo C. and Mary Estes (Reynolds) Martin. He attended the Gloucester Public Schools and was in the Gloucester High School, Class of 1941, where he played in the ROTC Marching Band. In 1941, he married his first wife, Doris Meuse and had two sons. He served in the U.S. Army Yankee Division in World War II from August, 1944 to March, 1946, and was in the Battle of the Bulge.
After service, he returned to Gloucester, where he worked at the Cape Ann Anchor & Forge Co. from 1946 to his retirement in 1984. In 1950, Bill met Molly, who worked at the Addison Gilbert Hospital switchboard for many years. Bill and Molly married in 1952, and they remained together for 57 years. After Bill retired from the foundry, he did landscaping for private clients in Annisquam for several years. Bill and Molly moved to Shallotte, N.C., in 1995, when the winters got too long in Gloucester. Bill continued his landscaping in his community at River Hills. In Shallotte, they became closer to relatives and established new friendships.
Bill always enjoyed the Gloucester beaches and will be remembered for the times he took the family, relatives, and the kids in the neighborhood to the Gloucester and Rockport beaches. He taught them how to swim and surf the waves. In his later years, he could be found sitting at the beach with the Movalli brothers. Bill will also be remembered for his garden on Dodge Street, where he grew vegetables that he shared with all his neighbors and friends. Bill was always proud of his tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, swish chard, and flowers (delphiniums, foxglove, clementis, poppies and many others). He also had a magnificent gift for cutting down enormous trees, which he taught this to his son Wayne. He was loved by many, and his memories will be cherished by his family and many friends in Gloucester, Shallotte, and Castle Valley.
Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years; two sons, William T., Jr., and his wife, Jane, and Wayne A., and his wife, Sharon, both of Gloucester; three daughters, Wendy M., of Gloucester, Paula L. and her husband, Edward Morandi, of Castle Valley, Utah, and Marlene J., and her husband Alan Maass, of Chicago; five grandchildren, Paul T. Martin, and his partner Adriana Lopez, of Gloucester, Kellie Verga and her husband, Greg Verga, of Gloucester, Alexis Martin da Cunha and her husband, Antonio da Cunha, of Wilmington, Colleen Moceri and her husband, Joseph Moceri, of Rockport, and Daisy Maass, of Chicago; and nine great-grandchildren, Katrina, Tatiana, and Lillian Martin, of Hamilton, Abbie, Patrick, and Julia Verga, all of Gloucester, and William A. da Cunha, of Wilmington, Julia Louise Moceri and Zachary Martin Moceri, of Rockport; one sister, Barbara E. Maxfield of Danvers; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one brother, Waldo C. Martin, Jr.; and eight sisters, Annie May Martin, Dora L. Withrow, P. Lillian Kerr, Margaret E. Allen, Adeline L. Handran, Mary E. Maxfield, Winifred I. Burnham, and Lucille A. Martin.
ARRANGEMENTS: The family is planning a celebration of his life in Gloucester at a later date, possibly during the summer of 2010. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a contribution in his memory to a charity of one's choice.
This obituary was originally published in the Gloucester Daily Times.