Tuesday: 'I Don't Think Anybody Did More' For North Country
The North Country said a final goodbye to former Congressman David Martin Tuesday as family, friends and former colleagues attended a funeral mass at St. Mary's Church in Canton.
Martin died November 20 at his West Virginia home at the age of 68 after losing a battle with cancer.
Members of the Canton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1231 honor guard saluted as the flag draped casket carrying Martin's body passed by.
Martin started his political career as a St. Lawrence County legislator in 1974. He was subsequently elected to the New York state assembly and then to Congress, where he served six terms.
Martin's signature achievement was helping to bring the 10th Mountain Division to Fort Drum.
"I don't think there's anybody who did more for the north country than Dave Martin," said H. Douglas Barclay, former state senator in northern New York.
"He was a great guy, he was a great Congressman. He had the love of the north country in him."
Martin will be buried in Arlington Cemetery.
(Read more about the life and work of David Martin here.)
Friday, December 6, 2013, Watertown, NY
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