Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00
William G. (Bill) Martin passed away peacefully Sunday, June 19, 2011.
Bill was born March 8, 1921. He graduated from NYU and joined the service. During World War II he was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery for saving his platoon.
After the war, he landed a job as a radio announcer in Springfield, MA. Then later became a staff announcer for CBS. He worked there for 30 years in both radio, where he announced many famous people, including Count Basie, and TV, working with Guy Lombardo, Lowell Thomas, Walter Cronkite. He also announced for the famous TV show Dallas.
Bill loved flying and swimming but most of all he loved his wife, Leona, and his three children Nancy, Michael and Stephen (Frances). He also was a devoted grandfather to Charles (Anna) and Jared (Cait). He is survived by his sister Joan. He was a chaplain for the Knights of Columbus, a member of the American Legion and read for the Xavier Society for the Blind for almost 30 years.
Mr. Martin and his wife Leona lived in Manhasset from 1959 until 2010.
He and Leona had recently moved to DelRay Beach, Florida.