HOLDEN - Albert L. Martin, 65, died July 14, 2014, at his home in Holden after a courageous battle with leukemia. He gave new meaning to the word courage. He was born May 12 1949 in Woodville, ME, the son of Leo and Mildred (Roberts) Martin.
He was the only male member of the Orrington Public Library Book Club and a member of the Peony Society of Maine in which he took great joy and was honored when he was asked to be their President. Al worked for a local lighting company for many years. He loved mowing his lawns on his Case tractor, watching the different species of birds that came to his feeders and sailing his boat, New Adventure, on the lake in front of his home. He created beautiful gardens in his yard, and grew his own annuals in his greenhouse, flowering tobacco being his favorite. He planted apple trees, and when in bloom, the bees from his hives covered the blossoms and made honey which he sold at the top of his driveway. It was the perfect place for this restless spirit to live as he could never sit still.
He is survived by his partner in life Linda Curran, and three brothers Gary, Richard and John, one sister Virginia. Al's family gratefully thanks all the friends and neighbors in our community and St. Joseph Hospice for their assistance and kindness and a heartfelt thank you to his brother, Richard for travelling to Boston and making a stem cell donation for his treeatment.
A graveside service will be held 10 AM Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Marston Cemetery, Snows Corner Road, Orrington. A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Patient Airlift Services (PALS), 120 Adams Blvd., Farmingdale, NY 11735 or at www.palservices.org, an organization that provides free flights to Boston and other major cities to patients needing critical care. How he loved those flights.