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Raymond R. Martel

Raymond R. Martel, 88, longtime resident of Lois Street, South Hamilton, and husband of the late Stella M. (Chmura) Martel, died Sunday December 5, 2010 in the Radius Healthcare Center, Danvers following his long illness.

Born in Ipswich December 29, 1921, son of the late Raymond A. and Stella M. (Trudel) Martel, he was raised in Ipswich where he attended public schools. During WWII he proudly served with the U.S. Coast Guard in South Hampton Long Island, NY. Following his honorable discharge and return to Ipswich he married and soon made his home on Lois Street where the Martels raised their three daughters.

Mr. Martel was a self employed home contractor and homebuilder, having throughout the years built hundreds of homes in both Hamilton and Wenham. Dancing was his lifelong passion. He and his late wife were professional ballroom dancers and won many awards.  Dancing was something that brought joy to both him and all those around him well into his late years. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at his Hamilton home and the family seasonal home on Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester.

Mr. Martel was a member of the A.P. Gardner American Legion Post #194 of Hamilton.

He is survived by his daughters, Jane E. Brown, Cathy A. McGrath and her husband John, and Cheryl L. Fallon and her husband John all of S. Hamilton; five grandchildren Christopher M. Brown of WY, Justin M. Brown of Kittery, ME, Patrick J. Brown of Georgetown, Jason McGrath of W. Hollywood, CA and Kevin McGrath of S. Hamilton; and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Henry Martel of NH and Francis Martel of FL; three sisters Marie Chmura of Ipswich, Sister Angeline Martel of Marlborough and Stella LaValley of RI and many nephews and nieces. He was the bother of the late Adrian Martel of Ipswich, Maryann Hall of Ipswich, and Alida Marchisio of Ipswich.  

His funeral service will be held Thursday 11 am in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich followed by interment with Military Honors in the Hamilton Cemetery. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Wednesday 4 to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Spectrum Program, 600 Cummings Center, Suite 176X, Beverly, MA  01915.

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