Joseph's Story

LINCOLN - Joseph "Raymond" Martin, 73, went home to our Lord and Savior on 9/26/15, after being cared for four years at Westgate Center for Alzheimer's Care in Bangor. He was born in Howland, ME, and the son of the late Baptiste Paul and Marie "Cyr" Martin.

Raymond was the youngest of eleven siblings, one of only three who graduated high school, for he was raised in a generation where many larger families discontinued their children's formal education to work and help support the family. Ray grew up with few belongings to call his own, which in turn fueled his desire to acquire and accomplish in the very strong work ethic he possessed. As a young man he worked at both the lumber mill and tannery in Howland, then at Burgoyne's furniture store in West Enfield, and eventually settled into a career at Lincoln Pulp and Paper Industry as a millwright and chemical unloader.

Raymond was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Connie "Constance Dawes" Martin. They established their first home on the River Road in Howland, where they raised their two daughters, Susan and Cindy, in a home he built himself. They enjoyed boating and camping on Cold Stream Pond,

and in the late 70's, Ray built a camp on Little Narrows Pond in Lincoln, that was cherished and holds many happy memories. Financial circumstances prompted selling this and he built another home on Route 2 in Enfield in 1983. In the early 90's, with the help of his nephew Chris, built a beautiful home in Webb Cove on Cold Stream. Physical injuries were taking their toll and they downsized to a trailer on Hale St. in Lincoln. When he could no longer work at the mill, they found themselves set up perfectly to escape the cold Maine winters, and had five happy years in a beloved retirement

community in Fort Pierce, Florida, until hurricanes took their residence and later Connie developed Ovarian cancer. Ray spent his final years residing on Center Pond in Lincoln, later with his daughter Susan, and his end days at

Westgate. All these years he and Connie cared for and protected their other

daughter, Cindy, who has special needs.

Aside from spending time with his wife and daughters and working at the

mill, he was known to always be building something, for he greatly enjoyed

carpentry. He also was a devout Catholic and spent many years as a

Catechism teacher and also a lector at mass. Ray was also a 4th degree

Knight of Columbus and enjoyed all the activities involved with those duties,

Raymond loved to polish vehicles, going to classic car shows, Caribbean

cruises, playing pool, dancing at Happy Acres in Alton, and especially being

a grandfather to Garrett.

Besides his parents and his wife, he was predeceased by his sister Mildred Daigle and her husband Phil, brother Arthur Martin and his wife Rose, sister Ernestine Martin, sister Rene Castonguay and brother in law Roger, all of

Connecticut; brother Gilbert Martin of Florida, brother Gilman Martin and

his wife Donna, brother Emery "Bee" Martin and his wife Georgia, and

brother Armand Martin, all from Howland, Maine.

He is survived by his daughter Cindy Martin of Bangor, daughter Susan and

her husband Chris Lancaster of Hermon, his son Cabot of Winthrop, and a

very special grandson, Garrett McIntyre of Brewer, Maine. He is also survived by his sister Joanne Dumont and her husband Ovid "Sonny" Dumont of Howland, brother Robert Martin and his wife Dot of Connecticut, sister in law Rebecca Martin of Hampden, sister in law Barbara Martin of Maryland, and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held 4-6 p.m. at Clay Funeral Home in Lincoln, on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of Lourdes parish on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, with Father Myles Cyr and Deacon Michael Whalen presiding. The family would like to sincerely thank Westgate and Beacon Hospice for their compassion and care of their father and would like those who wish to consider a gift to the activities program at Westgate in Raymond's name, directed to Cheryl Massey, coordinator, or to the Alzheimer's Association, P O Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011. Notes of condolence may be left at www.clayfuneralhome.
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