Keith Alan Martel, 51, of Southern Manor, Ipswich, died Sunday,
August 7, 2016 in his home, after fighting a lifelong battle with
addiction that ultimately took his life. His family is comforted
with knowing he will no longer suffer and are eternally grateful for
all those who loved and cared for Keith throughout his fight. Over
the last two years he was an integral part in caring for his mother
during her long battle with cancer.
Born in Beverly on August 7, 1965, son of James L. and the late
Barbara A. (Sklarz) Martel, he was raised in Ipswich and was a 1983 graduate
of Ipswich High School. Keith grew up participating in many Ipswich
Youth Sports programs including Little League and Youth Hockey, as
well as Ipswich High School varsity sports, always proving to be a
great teammate. Following high school he worked in the family
business, Martel's Automotive Service. Keith followed in his
father's footsteps, racing at many local speedways and later moving
up to the International Supermodified Association, racing for
numerous teams across the eastern U.S. He won the "Rookie of the
Year" award in 1993.
In addition to his father, “Jim”, Keith is survived by three
sisters; Cheryl A. Martel and Charles Handley of Oswego, NY, Marci
L. Wile and her husband Rande of Ipswich, and Lori J. Martel of
Amesbury; a brother, J. Scott Martel and his wife Kathy of Bradford;
a nephew, Colby Gorniewicz and his wife Ashley of NC and nieces,
Amanda Riddle, Cassie and Caila Gorniewicz, godchild Ashley Roes and
her wife, Katie Roes, Paige Proctor, Jaime and godchild Brooke
Martel and grand niece, Zoe Clarke. Keith’s godparents are his Aunt
Eleanor Reilly and the late Joseph Reilly. Keith is blessed with
many aunts, uncles and cousins, some of whom have passed before him.
Visiting hours will be Sunday from 4 to 7 pm at the Whittier-Porter
Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by a prayer service at
7 pm. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. A committal
service will be held graveside 10 am Monday in the Highland
Cemetery, Town Farm Road, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to the Ipswich Community Food Pantry, P.O.
Box 316, Ipswich, MA 01938. The family asks that in Keith's memory
you somehow reach out and show love and support to someone suffering
as he did with addiction.
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