AUSTIN, Pa. - Norman F. Martin, 88, of 165 School St., passed away Wednesday (July 16, 2014) at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, following a brief illness.
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Born July 6, 1926, in Austin, Norm was a son of the late Wilbur and Nora Glaspy Martin. On April 24, 1948, in St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, Austin, he married Agnes Norek Martin, who survives.
Norm was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. He served from Nov. 29, 1944, to July 3, 1946, as a seaman first class, U.S.N.R.
He had worked as a grid mechanic for Philips ECG, Inc./ Sylvania in Emporium for 33 years, retiring in 1982. Norm was a devout member of St. Augustine's Catholic Church and a proud member of the Austin VFW for many years.
He was an avid fisherman, respected for his fishing skills and knowledge of area streams. Over the years he took many neighborhood children and relatives to fishing derbies. His love of nature included deer hunting with his son Mick, gardening and hunting ginseng. Norm enjoyed his neighbors, taking care of his house and yard and watching activities at the ballfield from his front porch. He loved his family, who he and his wife visited often and celebrated life's milestones with.
Surviving Norman are his loving wife of 66 years, Agnes; a daughter, Pamela (Kimball) Klein of Eldred; a daughter-in-law, Rosa (Mick) Martin of Coudersport; four grandchildren, Heather (James) Holden, Kelley (Rick) Weber, Shena Martin and Maria (Joe) Peters; and five great-grandchildren, Malachi, Lili, Lydia, Nora and Elias.
In addition to his parents and his brother, Charles Martin, Norm was preceded in death by his son, Michael N. Martin, on March 10, 2014.
Norman's life celebration memorial service will be held Saturday (Aug. 2, 2014) with a visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. and a service to follow at St. Eulalia's Catholic Church, Coudersport. Father James Campbell will be officiating.
Memorials may be made to the E. O. Austin Home/ Historical Society, P.O. Box 412, Austin, PA 16720; The Annual Austin Fireworks Committee; or to St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, Turner St., Austin, PA 16720.
Arrangements are by Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home Ltd., "A Life Celebration Home," 210 N. East St., Coudersport.
Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home Ltd.
210 North East Street
Coudersport, PA 16915
Published in The Olean Times Herald on July 18, 2014