Tonawanda News

Breaking News


December 26, 2012

William Albert Martin


William Albert Martin, age 81, of North Tonawanda, died peacefully while sleeping on December 25, 2012. William was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, on February 2, 1931 and began working at a young age after his father died in 1943. He graduated from Seneca Vocational High School in 1948. He then worked as a machinist until he joined the U.S. Army in 1956. He married Marcia in December of 1956 and took his new wife to Germany while serving his country. He was honorably discharged in 1962.
Their first son, Patrick, was born in Germany in 1957 and the family returned to the United States in 1958. William began attending college at Tri State College in Angola, Indiana in 1959 and, with the assistance of his loving wife, graduated in 1962 with a major in Mechanical Engineering. During this time, a second child, Pamela, was born in 1960. The family settled in the Town of Tonawanda and moved to North Tonawanda in 1962, where they resided for over 50 years. In 1963, their third child, Daniel, affectionately known as D.J., was born. William began working as an engineer at Harrison Radiator in Lockport in 1962. He retired in 1991. In 1982, he received a patent relating to the method and apparatus for assembling heat exchangers.
William was a devoted husband and father who enjoyed cars of all types, especially antiques. Until shortly before his death, he owned a 1931 Chevy and 1970 Opel GT. He was a dedicated Buffalo sports fan and was a Bills season ticket holder for 20 years. He was an avid bowler, coached his sons' Little League baseball teams, and enjoyed playing euchre with his dear friends at the Renaissance Club in North Tonawanda. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife and they spent several winters in Florida.
Beloved husband of Marcia (nee Meabon) Martin. Dear father of Patrick (Lisa) Martin of Deer Park, IL, Pamela (Tony Casciano) Cronyn of the Town of Tonawanda; and Daniel R. (Mary) Martin of Glastonbury, CT. Grandfather of Jacob, Joseph, Nicole and Jamie. He was the brother of the late Herbert and Ralph Martin. Uncle of several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Fretthold Funeral Home, Inc., 1241 Oliver St. at Ward Rd. in North Tonawanda on Saturday from 4-6 PM. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Sunday at 1:00 PM. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials, if so desired, may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Visit for guest register.

Text Only
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
NDN Video
Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: MH17 Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball