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Spencer McMartin, Jr.

1931 - 2015 BENNINGTON Spencer McMartin Jr., 83, passed away peacefully after a long illness at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, VT with his family at his side. He was the husband of his beloved wife, Joan (Rancourt), who predeceased him in March of 2014. Spencer was born Oct. 10, 1931 in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., son of the late Julia (Corbett) McMartin and Spencer McMartin, Sr. He graduated from Hoosick Falls High School where he developed a love for athletics and American history that carried throughout his life. Spencer worked as an Office Manager for Swift & Company moving his young family to various locations in New York including, Albany, Rochester and Buffalo. After relocating to the Hoosick Falls area, he worked for Blue Flame Company. He enjoyed golfing, restoring furniture, renovating his vacation home, and spending time with his family at his cabin at Babcock Lake where he enjoyed boating, fishing, and lakeside barbeques. He was a huge fan of Notre Dame football, and served as an armchair coach for many decades for the New York Giants. Spencer was the patriarch of a large family. He is survived by his five children; Carol Holterman and her husband, Peter of Clifton Park, N.Y., Colleen Doyle and her husband, Daniel of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., Thomas McMartin and his wife, Ellen of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., James McMartin and his wife, Sylvie of Hooksett, N.H., and Paul McMartin and his wife, Kelly of Troy, N.Y. Additionally he is survived by his grandchildren; David McMartin and his wife, Emily, Brian McMartin, Kimberly Holterman, Jami McMartin, Kyle McMartin, Sara Senecal, Geoffrey Peron and Melissa Grignon and her husband, Mike, as well as his great-grandchildren, Jillian and Colin McMartin, Ayla Senecal, Zachary Grignon and Stephen and Skyla Peron. He also left behind several nieces and nephews, as well as his sister-in-law, Anne Fleming and her husband, Ken. All will miss him and remember him as Notre Dame's most loyal fan, a smooth dance partner at all family weddings, a champion puzzle builder, and a willing taste-tester for gourmet foods and desserts. FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours for Spencer will be Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main Street in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. Friends and family may meet at the funeral home on Friday, Jan. 16 at 9:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. from the Immaculate Conception Church on Main Street in Hoosick Falls. Spencer's family would like to thank Dr. Marcus Martinez, the staff at the Danforth Home, the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and the Town of Hoosick Rescue Squad for their compassionate care of Spencer. Both Spencer and his wife, Joan believed that no one should be hungry. His family requests that contributions in memory of Spencer be made the HACA (Hoosick Area Church Association) through the funeral home, to help fund their Food Pantry.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 13, 2015
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