James H. Martin
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Martin, James H. COEYMANS James Howard "Jim" Martin, born on April 24, 1947, died peacefully at home on October 8, 2017, at age 70 years. Born in Ticonderoga, he was the son of the late Howard F. Martin and late Mary Jane Martin (Stone). Jim lived in Mineville, N.Y. for most of his childhood and graduated from Moriah Central School in 1965. He attended SUNY Plattsburgh and worked for Republic Steel in the Mineville mines for a short time before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1968. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, Okinawa and stateside, beginning in 1968 and ending in 1981. He spent most of his post-military career as a dispatcher for the New York State Thruway Authority, before retiring circa 2000. In retirement, Jim served as assistant chief of the fire police in Ravena and was active in the Ravena VFW Post 9594. Jim was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Mrs. Barbara A. Bart (Martin) of Carolina Shores, N.C. and Elizabethtown, N.Y. (formerly of Gardiner, N.Y.); and his nephew, Andrew J. Bart of Rosendale, N.Y. He is survived by his five nieces and nephews, Carol Goldie (Bart) of Canton, N.Y., Eric Bart of Boxford, Mass., Thomas Bart of Raymond, N.H., Paul Bart of Carolina Shores, N.C. and Deborah Butler (Bart) of Ooltewah, Tenn. and their spouses. He is also survived by 16 grandnieces and grandnephews. Jim owned three Chevy Camaro's during his life. He owned two Harley Davidson motorcycles, and traveled the eastern United States from Florida to Maine. His most outstanding passion in life was as an avid railroad fan and model train collector, a hobby he was devoted to for his entire life. Friends may call at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena on Saturday, October 14, from 9 to 11 a.m. All other services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the DAV, Stratton V.A. Medical Center, Room 620, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12208.

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Published in Albany Times Union on Oct. 12, 2017.
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