OBITUARY

Martin W. Dow Sr.

May 4, 1928August 1, 2018
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Martin William Dow Sr., 90, of 200 Stetson Rd, Auburn, died on August 1, 2018, at the Hospice House in Auburn. Marty was born May 4, 1928, in Augusta, Maine. A self–described “country boy,” Marty enjoyed life on a small farm in Vassalboro, Maine. His favorite pastime was baseball, which would become a life-long love. After his mother mistakenly bought him a baseball glove for the wrong hand, the left-handed kid learned to pitch with his right hand.

The family later moved to Augusta, where Marty attended Cony High School and graduated in 1945. He attended the University of Maine, Orono where he was a member of the varsity baseball team and Phi Mu Delta fraternity. After one year of school, he enlisted in the Army in 1946. He served with the U.S. Paratroopers, 11th Airborne Division and was stationed in Japan. He also played baseball and football on Army regiment teams. After 18 months of service, he returned home and the dashing blue-eyed blonde married the beautiful Phyllis Webber of Augusta on September 11, 1949 and eventually had three children. He resumed his studies and baseball at UMO and in 1950 he pitched a no-hitter in a Virginia game. He went on to have an outstanding senior year, posting five wins and a 1.20 ERA. After graduation from college, he continued to play baseball with various local baseball teams until the age of 42. He was inducted into the Auburn-Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Once his three children were grown, golf became the sport that Marty loved and would do well in. He was a member of Martindale Country Club, winning several tournaments and even hitting a hole-in-one there at age 80!

Marty graduated from UMO in 1951 with a B.A. degree in Business Administration. He worked in the field of finance, serving positions with Maine finance companies as loan officer, branch manager and regional manager. He eventually joined the ranks of banking, starting with Auburn Savings Bank as a loan officer, which eventually became Mid Maine Mutual Savings, where he rose to the rank of Sr. Vice-President, before retiring in 1992. Never requiring a calculator, his sharp head for figures coupled with his enchanting, down-home personality, made for a rare combination in the banking industry, enabling him to be both well-loved and respected in the field, the community and to all who ever knew him.

He was a Mason and a contributing member on numerous, non-profit boards over the years, including serving as president of the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA for two years and years of service in the Auburn Exchange Club. He also participated in countless charity golf tournaments, other fundraisers and quietly helped many individuals privately. In “retirement” he enjoyed his volunteer job of 12 years, doing bookkeeping and deliveries for Uncle Andy’s Digest. Despite developing Alzheimer’s Disease in recent years, he still (remarkably) maintained a keen mind for numbers, which enabled him to continue enjoying his daily cribbage games, until the very end. Words cannot express just how special Marty really was. He was a great friend and the most loving and generous father and grandfather that anyone could ever hope to have.

Beyond his smiling blue eyes and kind manner, Marty’s signature personality trait was his adorable laugh. With a playful quality that exuded sheer joy, Marty infected all those who were exposed to his contagious giggle and hearty roar! The family would like to express special thanks to Schooner Estates for the compassionate and attentive care they provided to Marty and his family over the years.

Marty’s endearing personality will be missed by the many friends he leaves behind, but most of all by his beloved family, whom he treated so well…his beloved wife Phyllis Dow, his children Martin “Rowdy” Dow Jr. and wife Cathy, Gary Dow and wife Jane, Janice Packard and husband Chris; grandsons Adam Dow and wife Hillary, Travis Dow and wife Kathy, Jake Joyner, Jacob Margulies and Lucas Margulies; granddaughters Beth Dow, Heidi Joyner and Christina Conant; great-grandchildren Blake, Zander, Eva, and Tyler Dow and Morgan and Lilly Jeffords and nephew Jack Shipley and niece Sandra Mims & husband Bob. Marty was predeceased by his parents Esther and Herbert Dow, older sister Barbara Shipley and brother-in-law, John Shipley.

A Memorial Service will take place Thursday Aug. 16th at 1 PM in the Tenants Harbor Room at Schooner Estates in Auburn.

To leave a condolence message for the family in the online guestbook, please visit: www.thefortingroupauburn.com

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Alzheimer's Association of Maine 383 US Rt. 1, #2 C, Scarborough, Maine 04074.

A service of The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Service, Auburn & Lewiston 783-8545.

  • FAMILY

  • Marty’s endearing personality will be missed by the many friends he leaves behind, but most of all by his beloved family, whom he treated so well…his beloved wife Phyllis Dow, his children Martin “Rowdy” Dow Jr. and wife Cathy, Gary Dow and wife Jane, Janice Packard and husband Chris; grandsons Adam Dow and wife Hillary, Travis Dow and wife Kathy, Jake Joyner, Jacob Margulies and Lucas Margulies; granddaughters Beth Dow, Heidi Joyner and Christina Conant; great-grandchildren Blake, Zander, Eva, and Tyler Dow and Morgan and Lilly Jeffords and nephew Jack Shipley and niece Sandra Mims & husband Bob. Marty was predeceased by his parents Esther and Herbert Dow, older sister Barbara Shipley and brother-in-law, John Shipley.
  • DONATIONS

  • Alzheimer's Association of Maine 383 US Rt. 1, #2 C, Scarborough, Maine 04074.

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, August 16, 2018
REMEMBERING

Martin W. Dow Sr.

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joanne giard

August 16, 2018

I had the honor and privilege of working for Mary Dow at Mid Maine Savings. His smile and easy laugh made some days lighter. I remember fondly our crazy Christmas parties. He was always willing to do whatever the committee asked of him. I think my favorite was when we did nursery rhymes. When we did Sleeping Beauty and Woody was sleeping beauty and then when they read the part about prince charming out came Marty with a burger king crown and riding a stick wooden horse. Everyone howled it was so funny and we could tell Woody and him enjoyed it. He was one of a kind and will be missed by all who knew him. RIP Marty.

Kelly Matzen

August 8, 2018

In the early 1970’s I was a young, inexperienced, newly graduated attorney. I was fortunate to be invited to practice with Bill Trafton, Damon Scales, and Jack Smith. One of the firm’s treasured clients was Auburn Savings Bank which became Mid Maine Mutual Savings Bank. Early on Marty Dow took this young kid on as a protege, leading me through what was expected of me as an attorney for the bank and guiding me. As Marty and Mid Maine became one of Lewiston-Auburn’s premier commercial lenders, Marty brought me along, encouraging the development of our firm’s transactional practice which continues today, after my retirement. Marty was respected and kind. He was a teacher. I am grateful. Marty Dow made a lasting mark on our community.

Linda Levesque

August 7, 2018

Dow family extended, especially Phyllis, Rowdy and Gary,

Many fun family times along the way! Skiing, golf, backyard baseball and watching the very first 'Super Bowl' in your living room.

In later years, dad and I would play golf with Marty...lots of serious competition and laughs :-)

RIP Marty. You are a great one xxxooo,
Linda A Levesque and the Levesque family

Kathy Smith

August 4, 2018

I too worked with Marty at Mid Maine Mutual , what an awesome person. He had a great sense of humor, was kind and understanding. He did love his golf game. I will never forget the Christmas skits we used to do, especially the one where Marty dressed as a German beer lover, showing off his white skinny legs. He was always one of the stars. You will be sadly missed.


Lea Bowen

August 3, 2018

When I first started in banking as a teller with Mid Maine Savings Bank I was so very lucky to be surrounded by the best in the Auburn Great Falls Plaza. Marty was so supportive and and his sense of humor was a welcome distraction many times. I remember one time I was so nervous taking my first teller transactions and he came over and winked and said you are doing fine .

My thoughts are with all of his family . Such a wonderful man we were very blessed to work with him.

Sincerely,
Lea Lachapelle Bowen

Esther Tucker

August 3, 2018

To Marty's family: Marty was my favorite boss of all the jobs I worked in my life. He was my boss in the loan department of Mid Maine Mutual. Seeing his obituary in the newspaper this morning brought back all the many wonderful memories I have of working with him. What a wonderful write-up. Such a wonderful tribute to him.

I may have overused the word 'wonderful' but what better word to use to describe Marty.

Esther Thorpe Tucker

chuck cook

August 3, 2018

Marty was instrumental in helping Joanne & me in the purchase of St Casimir Nursing Home, and an addition 10 years later. He was caring, always welcoming, understanding and encouraging.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Chuck & Joanne Cook

Debra Garibotto

August 3, 2018

What a wonderful man Marty was ...I worked with him in late 70’s....He always had a smile on his face and took the time to answer any questions...R.I.P.....Dear Friend

Linda LaRue-Keniston

August 3, 2018

I want to offer my sincere condolences for the loss of your husband, Dad,granddad and friend. Gary and Jane, I am thinking of you and hoping all the incredible memories you have will help you through this difficult time. I know he was a big influence in the Dow family and his happy energy was felt by all who knew him. So sorry for your loss. LOVE LINDA

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Martin William Dow Sr., 90, of 200 Stetson Rd, Auburn, died on August 1, 2018, at the Hospice House in Auburn. Marty was born May 4, 1928, in Augusta, Maine. A self–described “country boy,” Marty enjoyed life on a small farm in Vassalboro, Maine. His favorite pastime was baseball, which would become a life-long love. After his mother mistakenly bought him a baseball glove for the wrong hand, the left-handed kid learned to pitch with his right hand. The family later moved to Augusta, where Marty attended Cony High School and graduated in 1945. He attended the University of Maine, Orono where he was a member of the varsity baseball team and Phi Mu Delta fraternity. After one year of school, he enlisted in the Army in 1946. He served with the U.S. Paratroopers, 11th Airborne Division and was stationed in Japan. He also played baseball and football on Army regiment teams. After 18 months of service, he returned home and the dashing blue-eyed blonde married the beautiful Phyllis Webber of Augusta on September 11, 1949 and eventually had three children. He resumed his studies and baseball at UMO and in 1950 he pitched a no-hitter in a Virginia game. He went on to have an outstanding senior year, posting five wins and a 1.20 ERA. After graduation from college, he continued to play baseball with various local baseball teams until the age of 42. He was inducted into the Auburn-Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Once his three children were grown, golf became the sport that Marty loved and would do well in. He was a member of Martindale Country Club, winning several tournaments and even hitting a hole-in-one there at age 80! Marty graduated from UMO in 1951 with a B.A. degree in Business Administration. He worked in the field of finance, serving positions with Maine finance companies as loan officer, branch manager and regional manager. He eventually joined the ranks of banking, starting with Auburn Savings Bank as a loan officer, which eventually became Mid Maine Mutual Savings, where he rose to the rank of Sr. Vice-President, before retiring in 1992. Never requiring a calculator, his sharp head for figures coupled with his enchanting, down-home personality, made for a rare combination in the banking industry, enabling him to be both well-loved and respected in the field, the community and to all who ever knew him. He was a Mason and a contributing member on numerous, non-profit boards over the years, including serving as president of the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA for two years and years of service in the Auburn Exchange Club. He also participated in countless charity golf tournaments, other fundraisers and quietly helped many individuals privately. In “retirement” he enjoyed his volunteer job of 12 years, doing bookkeeping and deliveries for Uncle Andy’s Digest. Despite developing Alzheimer’s Disease in recent years, he still (remarkably) maintained a keen mind for numbers, which enabled him to continue enjoying his daily cribbage games, until the very end. Words cannot express just how special Marty really was. He was a great friend and the most loving and generous father and grandfather that anyone could ever hope to have. Beyond his smiling blue eyes and kind manner, Marty’s signature personality trait was his adorable laugh. With a playful quality that exuded sheer joy, Marty infected all those who were exposed to his contagious giggle and hearty roar! The family would like to express special thanks to Schooner Estates for the compassionate and attentive care they provided to Marty and his family over the years. Marty’s endearing personality will be missed by the many friends he leaves behind, but most of all by his beloved family, whom he treated so well…his beloved wife Phyllis Dow, his children Martin “Rowdy” Dow Jr. and wife Cathy, Gary Dow and wife Jane, Janice Packard and husband Chris; grandsons Adam Dow and wife Hillary, Travis Dow and wife Kathy, Jake Joyner, Jacob Margulies and Lucas Margulies; granddaughters Beth Dow, Heidi Joyner and Christina Conant; great-grandchildren Blake, Zander, Eva, and Tyler Dow and Morgan and Lilly Jeffords and nephew Jack Shipley and niece Sandra Mims & husband Bob. Marty was predeceased by his parents Esther and Herbert Dow, older sister Barbara Shipley and brother-in-law, John Shipley. To leave a condolence message for the family in the online guestbook, please visit www.thefortingroupauburn.com A Memorial Service will take place Thurs. Aug. 16th at 1 PM in the Tenants Harbor Room at Schooner Estates. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Alzheimer's Association of Maine 383 US Rt. 1, #2 C, Scarborough, Maine 04074. A service of The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Service, Auburn & Lewiston 783-8545.