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TUPPER LAKE, N.Y. -- Chad Robert Thomas Martin, 34, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 26, 2007, at Albany Medical Center, with his grandmother and mother at his side, following a courageous battle with an aggressive adrenal cancer (Cushing’s Syndrome).

Born on Feb. 10, 1973, in Bennington, Vt., he was the son of George L. Martin and Carol L. (Boyer) Martin Conover. He was a 1991 graduate of Tupper Lake High School. He attended SUNY Canton, where he served as president of the Mortuary Science Club. He later attended North Country Community College in Saranac Lake, where he earned an associate degree in business administration.

In 1995, he graduated from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse, with a degree in mortuary science. He became board certified in May of 1997. In 1998, Chad earned his real estate sales license through Brenner Real Estate in Burnt Hills, N.Y. He taught New York State Real Estate sales and broker classes at North Country Community College and worked as a salesman for Hearth & Home Real Estate in Glens Falls, N.Y.

He had worked as a salesman for Adirondack Memorials in Lake Luzerne, N.Y., and in the funeral industry for Maynard D. Baker Funeral Home in Queensbury, N.Y.

He had also worked as a substitute teacher in Tupper Lake and Granville Central School. He owned and operated Martin Memorials. He was presently serving as village trustee in Tupper Lake as well as Tupper Lake police commissioner. Chad was dedicated to serving his community and was very active in many local community service organizations.

He co-founded “Out of the Ashes,” assisting those who have lost everything due to fire; was a member of the Warren County/Glens Falls City Republican Committees from 2001 to 2003; was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Glens Falls Council No. 194; and a Scottish Rite Free and Accepted Mason with the Mt. Arab Lodge No. 847. Chad was also a member of the North Country Community College Alumni Council; St. Alphonsus Church annual auction and flea market; was a bereavement counselor for High Peaks Hospice; was a certified EMT for the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad. He was appointed by the county legislature to the Franklin County Youth Advisory Board and was a member of the Tupper Lake Rod and Gun Club. Chad had also been a professional Santa Claus since the age of 15.

Survivors include his mother, Carol Conover and her husband, Robert, of Tupper Lake; his father, George L. Martin of Bennington, Vt.; his maternal grandparents, Robert and Lorraine Daggett of Tupper Lake, with whom Chad lived; several cousins; other extended family and his many, many friends.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Alphonsus Church. Friends and family gathered at the K. of C. Hall, 36 High St., Tupper Lake, following the funeral service.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 959 State Route 9, Queensbury, NY 12804.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 8, 2008
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