MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. -- George E. Martin Sr., 70, formerly of Millinocket, Maine, passed away Jan. 6, 2008, in his home in Mount Holly.
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George was born in Cincinnati on Sept. 3, 1937, the son of George and Amelia (Smart) Martin.
Surviving are his bride of 47 years, Theresa; two sons and daughters-in-law, George E. Martin Jr. and Kathleen, of Charlotte, and Allan S. Martin and Marie, of Tampa, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Laura, Matthew, Bradley, Andrew, Benjamin, Katherine and Samuel; six sisters, Joan Cappel and her husband, Jim, Carol Martin, Dorothy Hay, Amelia Sousa, Dora Wessleman and her husband, Jude, all of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Georgia Davies of Florida. George also had many nieces and nephews.
George was a veteran of the Air Force stationed at Loring Air Force Base between 1955 and 1959. During this time, he traveled to Millinocket, where he met his bride, Theresa. They dated for four years and were married at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Millinocket on July 23, 1960. Soon after, they relocated to Cincinnati and George began his career in the printing industry. After the birth of George Jr. in Cincinnati, they relocated to Millinocket, where Allan was born in 1965. This is where they lived until 1981, when they relocated to Topsham, Maine, and Gardiner, Maine.
George had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and was self-employed as Martin's Enterprise. He held a master's license for oil burner installation and repair. The name of the business was Martin's Heating Sales and Service. George also owned Martin's Shoe Store and Martin's Tax Service. For many years, he owned and managed numerous rental properties.
George and Theresa retired and moved to Mount Holly in 2004, where they frequently attended church at Belmont Abbey Basilica. George had a strong Catholic faith and devotion to the Divine Mercy.
Friends are invited to visit with the family 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 112 Maine Ave., Millinocket, with the Rev. Joel Cyr, pastor, presider. Military honors will follow the service at the church. Spring interment will be at Millinocket Cemetery.
Gifts in memory of George may be sent to St. Joseph's Chapel at Belmont Abby Monastery, 100 Belmont Mount Holly Road, Belmont, NC 28012; or to the Katahdin Area Support Group, 10 Field St., Millinocket, ME 04462.
Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lam sonfh.com.
Published in Kennebec Journal on Jan. 8, 2008