Martin B. MacInnis, 87, of 5 Foster Road Towanda, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 6, 2012 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
Born Aug. 16, 1925 in Glengarry, Nova Scotia, he was the son of Martin and Catherine Gillis MacInnis. Martin was a graduate of the Sydney Academy in Sydney, Nova Scotia and continued his education at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 1946. He later received his Masters degree in analytical chemistry from Holy Cross College in Worchester, Mass. in 1951 and pursued his PhD in chemistry from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Martin left his mark with 63 patents on the Tungsten business of GTE Sylvania, Osram and Global Tungsten Products. His vision changed the Tungsten market worldwide resulting in the Towanda, facility being a world leader. He was subsequently honored to be elected to the GTE Hall of Fame for Science.
Martin was a communicant of Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Towanda and was a member of the Towanda Country Club. He was one of the original founding members of the Knights of Columbus Towanda Council No. 3915 in the 1950's and was a 4th Degree Knight.
He is survived by his children, Catherine Ann MacInnis of Dryden, N.Y., Maureen Jane MacInnis and husband Jack Denault of Lancaster, Michael Thomas MacInnis and wife Tina MacInnis of Far Hills, N.J.; grandchildren Christina and Eric Adair of New Haven, Conn., Michael Zambri of Beijing, China, Matthew Pfeiffer of New York, N.Y., Liam Pfeiffer of Hoboken, N.J., Rory MacInnis of Barnegat, N.J., Colleen MacInnis of Barnegat, N.J., Elizabeth and Emily Denault of Lancaster; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years, Agnes Esther Morris MacInnis on Oct. 17, 2011 whom he married on June 13, 1953 in Montreal, a son, Martin James MacInnis on June 25, 2002, brothers, Michael and John MacInnis and sisters, Margaret McKinnon, Betty Morrison, Kay Cariedo, Florence McIntyre and Josephine Caldwell .
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda.
Interment will follow in Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery, N. Towanda Twp.
The family suggests that contributions may be directed to St. Agnes School, 102 Third St., Towanda, PA 18848 in memory of Martin B. MacInnis.
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