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Winsor John Martin

1917 - 2013 DALTON Winsor John Martin, 95, passed away Aug. 9, 2013, at Evergreen House Health Center in East Providence, R.I.

Mr. Martin was born on Dec. 22, 1917, in Waitsfield, Vt. He was the son of Harold J. Martin and Ruth Perry Martin.

His wife of 60 years, the late Alma Griffin Martin, passed away in 2001.

The had two children, a daughter, Marthann Martin Barrows of Fincastle, Va., and a son, Peter Perry Martin of Rehoboth; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great- great-grandchildren.

Winson was predeceased by his sister, Vesta Martin, formerly of Holmes Road in Pittsfield.

Mr. Martin graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1938.

He was employed by Cooper Stoker Co, as a foreman of shipping and receiving for five years. He then was employed by General Electric Company in the Ordnance Dept. and in the Main Plant Tool Room Hardening Dept. as a heat treatment specialist. He retired from General Electric after 33 years of service.

Winsor was a member of the GE Pensions and Retirement Clubs, also a union steward at ordnance, and group leader in the job shop.

Mr. Martin gave 15 years of service to the Christian Center where he served on the executive board. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America for over 60 years and received the Silver Beaver Award in 1963, and the Scouts Training Award. He served six years on the Berkshire Executive Board and was chairman of Camping and Activities Committee. He was responsible for starting the first winter camporees in the Berkshire Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Martin was also Institutional Representative for the Boy Scouts Christian Center Troop. Winsor was also Vice President of the Pittsfield Camp Fire Girls for three years and received the Glick Award.

Mr. Martin was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pittsfield, sang in the choir for five years, was a member of the program committee, memorial committee and co-chairman of the 60 plus group.

Mr. Martin was 70-year member of the Mystic Lodge of Masons.

Winsor enjoyed camping activities with his family and Scouts. He liked photography and did some research in the genealogy of his family. He was a 12th generation descendant of the Mayflower settlers.

Being legally blind, he enjoyed listening to radio and books on tape. He was very self-sufficient and lived at home until his death. He loved to have visitors and told many stories about his past life and some great jokes.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Mr. Winsor J. Martin will be Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 11 a.m. at WELLINGTON FUNERAL HOME, with the Rev. Quentin Chin officiating. Burial will follow in the Ashuelot Cemetery in Dalton. Calling hours will be held today, Tuesday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral Home.

Donations in Winsor's memory may be made to the Christian Center in care of the funeral home, 220 East St., Pittsfield, MA 01201.

Please visit www.wellingtonfuneralhome.com to the leave condolences for the family.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 13, 2013
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