Anthony “Tony” Martin
RUMFORD -- Anthony W. Martin, 89, of Dixfield, passed away on July 23, 2013 at Rumford Hospital with family members at his side.
He was born April 29, 1924 at home, the son of the late Anthony M. Martin and Marie R. (Singer) Martin of Mexico.
Tony or Wally, as he was affectionately called, by family and friends held many jobs growing up. Selling newspapers, caddying at the Mexico Golf Links and delivering milk for Ferlands Dairy. At 16, he worked for the NYA in the Machine Shop on the Island Division Rumford Mill making submarine plates.
After graduating from Mexico High School in 1942, he went to work at Oxford Paper Co. where he was soon drafted into the Army in March 1943. Serving in G Company, 42nd Infantry, 42nd Rainbow Division in Europe. After the war, he returned home in 1947, joined the Maine National Guard in Rumford and graduated with honors from the non-commissioned officers school at Fort Dix. He returned home to the mill and retired after 46 years.
He was a man who dedicated many years of service to Rumford, Mexico, Dixfield area, whether as a constable, a Dixfield police officer, Oxford Co. Reserve Deputy Sheriff, or newspaper reporter. He was a member of the Dixfield community for over 50 years serving as a town selectmen, the planning board and finance committee. As a World War II veteran, he had been past commander of the American Legion Post 100 and past commander of Chapter 21 D.A.V. in Rumford and Life Member of all.
Tony enjoyed talking to anyone, putting a smile on everyone’s face he met, giving $5 to a child or donations to area organizations. He loved to contribute where he could and how he could. He was a proud man who loved the time shared with his family, dear friends and organizations.
Tony is survived by his eight children, Susan B. Voter and husband, Wendal of Strong, Kathy A. Martin and companion, Sue Enman of Dixfield, Kim L. Sanborn and husband, Bill, Twila L. Frye and husband, Richard of Alaska, Paul A. Martin and wife, Dawn of Auburn, Craig W. Martin of Yarmouth and his companion, Stacy Dostie of Sabattus, Diana M. Rivard and husband, Pat of Albany Twp, and Perdita I. Wehrheim and husband, Horst of Germany; 12 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister-n law, Fumiko Whitehouse of Mexico.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife of 43 years, Sandra F. (Frost) Martin; four brothers and four sisters.