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James E. Martin

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NORTH BENNINGTON -- Mr. James E. Martin, 80, a resident of Matteson Road, North Bennington, died peacefully Aug., 4, 2004 at his residence with his wife of 53 years and family at his side.

He was born in North Adams, Mass. on July 25, 1924. He was the son of the late Harold and Mabel (Gifford) Martin. He received his education in the North Adams schools. A World War II Army veteran, Mr. Martin served from 1943 to 1946 in the 309th Infantry Regement 78th Division in the European Theater. He was involved in the Battle of the Bulge and received a Purple Heart for his services.

He married the former Lorraine Brooks April 28, 1951 at the Notre Dame Du Sacre Coure Church in North Adams.

In earlier years, James was employed as the director of the physical plant at Bennington College. He later was a building inspector for the town of Bennington and director of maintenance at the former Bennington Convalescent Center from which he retired.

James was a longtime member of Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in North Bennington. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion Post 13 in Bennington. Most recently he enjoyed model ship building. He will be remembered always for his wide-ranging curiosity and his skills in many fields; a teacher, mentor, loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be warmly remembered and missed.

Survivors include his wife Lorraine Martin of North Bennington; two sons, Paul J. Martin of Shaftsbury and Thomas A. Martin of Plaistow, N.H.; a daughter, Denise A. Barton of North Bennington; three grandsons, Travis and Caley Martin and Benjamin Barton; two sisters, Carloyn Cummings of Florida, Mass. and Barbara Sampson of Berwick, Maine; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was pre-deceased by a sister, Eleanor Johnson.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, Monday Aug. 9 at 11 a.m.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. when the family will be in attendance.

Private committal services will be held at the Southview Cemetery North Adams, Mass. at the convenience of the family.

If friends desire, contributions in memory of Mr. James E. Martin may be made to the Bennington Area Home Health Hospice Agency or the Vermont Lung Association through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. in Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 6, 2004
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