Charles H. “Charlie” Martin, Jr., 71, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, September 20, 2014 at his home in Lewis, NY. He will be missed by his wife of 52 years Sharon (Burt), his children Samantha of Quincy, MA, Tracey Garvey (Timothy) of Peru, NY and David (Lisa) of Charlton, NY, and his beloved grandchildren Olivia, Charles, Matthew and Rachel. He will also be missed by his dear friend and sister Joyce Sukel (Richard) of Essex, NY. He was predeceased by his dear friends Ray and Winnie Vaughn, his father Charles H. Martin, Sr. and mother Cherry Walker, and is survived by his half-sisters Christine Provost (Harmon), Helen Antoniak (John) and Sylvia Wright.
Charlie worked for over 38 years as a lineman for NYSEG, was an avid outdoorsman, master pancake maker, and committed community servant. He was a member of the Lewis Volunteer Fire Company for over 35+ years. As well as the Elizabethtown-Lewis Volunteer Ambulance Squad for over 10 years. He also served for years on the Elizabethtown-Lewis Youth Commission, the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Board, coached Babe Ruth and Pony League Baseball, and was a former Boy Scout Troop Leader. For 9 years Charlie has been transporting monthly food distributions for the Elizabethtown Community Food Shelf.
Charlie was currently serving his third term as Lewis Town Councilman. While on the Board he was involved with many projects including the building of a town playground and organizing the Town’s Bicentennial . Most recently he was overseeing the creation of a system of hiking trails for the Town.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, September 23rd from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Marvin-Heald Funeral Home, 7521 Court Street, Elizabethtown, NY (HealdFuneralHomeInc.com). A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, September 24th at 11:00 am at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 10 Williams Street, Elizabethtown, New York where Charlie was an active, life-time member.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent to the Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 443, Elizabethtown, NY 12932 or the Lewis Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 23, Lewis, NY 12950. The family also encourages community members to donate their time to the Lewis Volunteer Trail-Clearing Day on Saturday, September 27th from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Meet at the Lewis Town Hall at 7:50 am.
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