LISBON -- Funeral services for William “Bill” Henry Martin, 78, will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday July 12 at Fox & Murray Funeral Home with Layperson Stuart Cota officiating. Calling hours will also be held at the funeral home from 12 - 2 p.m. and 4 - 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 12. There will be a burial at White Church Cemetery in Lisbon at a later date. Bill passed away Saturday night, July 7, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
William is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, Jimmy (Deb) Duvall of Oklahoma, Paul (Sue Marlow) Duvall of Lisbon, and Greg Martin of Lisbon; daughters, Nancy (Mark) Lizon of California, Linda (Stuart) Cota of Canton, and Dawn (Steve Monroe) Martin of Ogdensburg; a brother, Robert Martin of Ogdensburg; sisters, Elsie (Steve) Derouchie of Rensselaer Falls, Mary (Leonard Foster) Middlemiss of Lisbon; a sister-in-law, Donna Martin of Lisbon; a brother-in-law, John Hobkirk of Madrid; 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bill was predeceased by a brother, Lester Martin; sisters, Lorna Boots and Orpha Hobkirk; a sister-in-law, Theresa Martin; and a brother-in-law, Earl Boots.
William was born on May 23, 1940 in Lisbon, NY, a son of the late Royal and Ruby (Baker) Martin. He attended Lisbon country schools for education and entered the workforce at a young age. He married Shirley Ritchie on July 10, 1964 in Scranton, PA. During his career he worked as a farmer for over 10 years, as a mechanic for Don Trimm and Gillette’s Garage before working for the Town of Lisbon’s Highway Department. He also owned and operated his own bulldozer and backhoe business where he worked on clearing lots and fields, and setting septic tanks and driveways. He was a Jack of all trades, teaching himself how to repair machinery and building design and construction through his years of experience.
Bill was a member of The River Valley Antique Tractor and Engine Club, the Eskimo Club, and the Lisbon Fire Department where he was the Fire Chief for many years. He enjoyed attending and participating in antique tractor pulls and horse shows, camping, dancing, smoking and barbequing meat in the summertime, joyriding with his family, going out to eat and socializing and spending time with friends and family, and was always known for having a cigar in the corner of his mouth.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Lisbon Fire Department; 7002 County Rd 10; Lisbon, NY 13658.
Condolences and fond memories can be shared online at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.