William W. Martin

January 18, 1937March 27, 2017
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William “Bill” W. Martin, 80, died March 27, 2017 at his home in Eastham, MA after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer.

He was born to the late William H. and Mildred (Toomey) Martin on January 18, 1937, in Boston, MA. He was pre deceased by his parents, and a sister, Maureen Martin Helms. Bill graduated from Greenfield High School in 1956, Cushing Academy in 1957, and received a B.S. Degree from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT in 1961. At UConn, he was a member of the varsity football team.

Following college, Bill joined the US Navy and completed Officers Candidate School in Newport, RI. Bill retired from the Navy Reserve as Lt. Commander. After his full time naval service, Bill had a long career as a Sales Manager and Manufacturers Rep.

Bill was a long time resident of Foxboro, MA, where he and his wife of 50 years, Stephanie Chad Martin, raised their family, and where he volunteered for many years as a youth sports coach, including baseball and CYO Basketball. He was a long-time enthusiastic fan and season ticket holder of the New England Patriots.

In addition to his wife, Stephanie, Bill is survived by four children: Maryanne M. (Robert) Roy of Aldie, VA; William H. (Candice) Martin of North Attleboro, MA; Christine M. (Kenneth) Kerr of Leesburg, VA; and Chad M. Martin of Foxboro, MA. He is also survived by ten grandchildren: Nicole and Michael Roy; Brieanna, MacKenzie, William and Baillie Martin; Caitlin, Dylan and Lauren Kerr; and Tristian Martin DeWitt of North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to VNA Hospice, 434 Route 134, Suite D-3, South Dennis, MA 02660.

A viewing will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 30th at Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA. A funeral Mass will be at 11 AM on Friday, March 31st at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 61 Canal Rd., Orleans, MA, followed by burial at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Connery Ave., Bourne, MA at 1:15 PM.

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  • Visitation Thursday, March 30, 2017
  • Funeral Friday, March 31, 2017
  • Graveside Service Friday, March 31, 2017

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Eileen Deveney

May 25, 2017

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Marcia/Jim Walsh

April 4, 2017

Dear Stephanie and Family,

Our hearts are heavy to think we will have no more fun times together. He will be missed, but his pain is now over.

Thinking of you Stef.

Marcia and Jim Walsh

Greg and Chris Mastaler

April 4, 2017

So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. One of the nicest guys in the whole world....
He was my very first boyfriend in 1st grade at Holy Trinity School. He will be missed by everybody who ever knew him.Our sincere condolences to all of
his family...and, you do know you all WILL see him again in Heaven, right?

Ken and Mary Ellen Nelson

April 4, 2017

We always enjoyed Bill's company and will miss him. It's always difficult when someone leaves too soon but he obviously accomplished much in his 80 years. Although we only knew him for his last 15 years, we felt that we knew him much longer

April 4, 2017

Our sympathies to you and your family. We were so sorry to read that Bill had passed. He was a great neighbor to have on West Street.


April 1, 2017

I have fond memories of Bill at Greenfield H.S.Msry & I attended the funeral mass but were unable to express our sympathy to Stephanie an family.He will be remembered in our prayers BERT CROTHERS,Mashpee

April 1, 2017

I remember going to summer camp with Bill when we were kids. It is difficult to think of him as gone.
My condolences for the Martin family.
Bob Simpson

Bob Spencer

March 30, 2017

My condolences to Stephanie and all the Martin family on the passing of Bill. He indeed was a fun guy and will be sorely missed.

Francis Conway

March 29, 2017

Bill's grin was unforgettable. He now joins my cousin, and his good buddy, Larry Conway. To his loved ones, "Sorry for your loss".
Fran Conway

March 29, 2017

One of the nicest guys in the GHS class of 56.
Will be missed by all who knew him
Our prayers tonight for the Martin family
Larry Hayes