LEOMINSTER — Milton E. Martin, 91, of Leominster, formerly of Groton, died on Dec. 28, 2010 at Leominster Hospital. He was born in Groton Hospital in Groton on Aug. 23, 1919, son of the late Frederick and Edna (Beal) Martin, and was the husband of the late Hilda (Barrett) Martin, who died in 1971, and the late Harriett (Cook) Martin, who died in 2009.
He served in the Army Air Corps as “Fly Boy” during World War II. He was stationed in Rio de Janeiro as a part of a four-man crew on a B24 that took personnel and supplies into North Africa. He served as magneto and radioman. They would return to Brazil with wounded then fly them back to Miami on a C47.
After the war he worked at Bob Robinson’s Tydol Gas Station in Groton. Milton later worked at Raytheon, Pepperell Paper Co., Ford Motor Sales as a mechanic and retired from the maintenance department at Nashoba Community Hospital. His retirement “hobby” was locksmithing and he owned and operated Groton Lock & Key for several years.
Mr. Martin was a member of Caleb Butler Masonic Lodge AF & AM in Ayer, The Laurence Gay Legion Post in Groton and was a Groton Volunteer Policeman in the late 1950s.
Among his survivors are two daughters, Beth Sigmon Bernstein and her husband Marvin, of Winchendon, and Bonnie Martin and her husband Mark Rzeznikeiwicz, of Lunenburg; three grandchildren, “Dr-to be” Bonnie Beal, of Adams, and Robert and Richard Sigmon, of Townsend; three great-grandchildren, Rachel, Claudia and Ben, of Adams; and Malcolm, his beloved cat. He was also the brother of the late Jean Smith, Frederick A. Martin and James B. Martin.
Funeral Services will be held at the Badger Funeral Home, 45 School St., Groton, on Friday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 4:30 to 8 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m., burial at Groton Cemetery, Groton. For those who wish, contributions may be made to Massachusetts Salvation Army Disaster Relief Fund or the Pat Brody Cat Shelter in Lunenburg. Please see www.badgerfuneral.com.