Massena - Guy E. Martin, 88, peacefully passed away in the early morning hours of July 25, at the Highland Nursing Home, where he had been a resident for the past four years.
There will be calling hours at Phillips Memorial Home on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9.
The funeral mass will be celebrated by Rev. Scott Fobare, at St. Mary's Church, at noon on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 with burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery.
He was born on October 12, 1924 to Guy E. and Jennie Wilfore Martin.
A graduate of the 1943 class of Massena Central, Guy left for service in the Navy just 6 days after graduation. While stationed at NTS Samson, NY, he was an assistant in the naval machine shop and was selected to join the NROTC and Navy V12 unit at Cornell University. Guy satisfied his military duties while studying Mechanical Engineering over the next two and one half years, being granted his BS degree in 1946. This was the first evidence that he had a keen sense when it came to hearing the knock of opportunity.
After the war ended, he joined Vaughn Machinery in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Guy married his high school sweetheart, Veronica (Ronnie) Toth, on September 14, 1946, at St. Mary's Church. After settling in Ohio and starting their family, they took advantage of an opportunity for being hired at Alcoa and returned to Massena in 1950. He was transferred to the company's head offices in Pittsburgh, PA in 1967. Over the course of the following 16 years, Guy was instrumental in the expansion of Alcoa operations and in the development of several patents for production machinery. He retired as a Senior Engineer in 1983 and returned to Massena once again.
In 1959, he built a new home for his growing family. It was not his first and would not be his last construction endeavor. The following year, he planned out what would become the family camp on Wilson Hill. The camp was and continues to be a magnet for family and friends.
A local tragedy in 1960 prompted Guy and several other community-minded men to form the Massena Volunteer Emergency Unit (now the Massena Rescue Squad). They were determined to create this needed service and were relentless in efforts to fund raise and acquire the materials to construct a building for life-saving equipment. The proceeds of raffles, variety shows, contests, donations, and the relentless canvassing of homeowners on every street in Massena resulted in a humble but functional building at the end of the Alcoa bridge. He was proud to have been a founder of that organization and was its last surviving charter member. On the day the MVEU dedicated their current building, he was pleased and honored to help in raising its flag.
He was a lifelong outdoorsman who actively hunted, fished, and frogged at every opportunity. Guy was also an avid gardener who amazed any who saw how many vegetables the camp garden could produce.
As a result of these activities, the family enjoyed an abundance of wild and organic fare. Although on a much smaller scale, he continued to garden while a resident at the Highland. He started seedlings in his room and then planted them in the courtyard, and willingly shared his produce and his gardening tips.
Guy was predeceased by his wife, Ronnie, on July 21, 2000 and his brother, Leo C. Martin, who passed away on September 4, 1965.
Surviving him are his six children, Mary Anne Layo (Kenneth Jr.) of Massena, Susan J. Martin, Holly Springs, NC, Stephen J. Martin (Eileen), Fuquay-Varina, NC, Nancy B. Mc Caffrey (Marty), Fuquay-Varina, NC, Barbara J. Martin of Massena and William J. Martin (Carrie) of Swedesboro, NJ.
A sister, Doris Clougher, Bayonne, NJ, also survives him.
Also surviving are his grandchildren Matthew Layo and Amy Layo-Southey (John), Daniel and Jessica McCaffrey, Brandon and Bridget Webber, Laura Martin, Bradley, Jacob and Rylie Martin. Many nieces and nephews survive as well.
A large family gathering was held when he celebrated his 80th birthday in 2004. Guy's son, Stephen, and granddaughter, Amy, share the same birth date, spanning three generations.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Guy may make a donation to the Massena Rescue Squad. A plaque recognizing dedication to the ideals of emergency care will be created and awarded to a deserving member at each of their annual banquets, in his honor and memory.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Phillips Memorial Home, Massena, where online condolences may be made to www.phillipsmemorial.com.
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