We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Phalen Funeral Home
WILLIAM FRANCIS MARTIN
William F. Martin, age 73, of Torrington, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Sharon Hospital. He is the oldest of the seven Martin children. He was born in Woodbury on February 5, 1949, son of the late William John and Elizabeth Moore Martin and was a Torrington resident for most of his life. He was a veteran of the US Navy serving during the Vietnam War. He leaves behind 3 children, Christopher, Jameson and Olivia. Billy also leaves behind a cherished family including his siblings Elizabeth and Roger Orsini, Teresa and Dennis Izzo, Michael and Susan, Margaret and Mike D ’Aversa, Monica and Garret Dostaler and Jennifer and Jon.
Throughout Billy’s life he always seemed to exhibit a penchant for the various stages and levels of educational life. This unique character trait became evident, when upon completion of Grade 8 at Saint John’s grammar School in Watertown, Billy decided to enroll in the Catholic Seminary in Norfolk. Upon completion of the initial year, Billy returned home enrolled in the Sacred Heart High School program in Waterbury. Upon graduation from Scared Heart High School, Billy entered the Waterbury State Technical School Program graduating in May of 1969.
Throughout this time period Billy would participate in the traditional family summer vacations, whether it was camping at Black Rock State Park in Thomaston or vacationing on the shoreline in Madison. Billy’s commitment to the shoreline water sports included construction of a family rowboat, which when initially launched exhibited water leaks along the wooden joint lines. Aware of this potential, Billy immediately caulked the rowboat into a state of seaworthiness.
Billy’s educational pursuits were briefly sidetracked by the Vietnam War. Billy’s tireless desire to participate in noble, valiant activities led Billy to join the US Navy for a two-year commitment. One of Billy’s next large pursuits included working in Washington, DC as a carpenter at a very large public transportation facility (WMATA). This success propelled Billy into aspiring to and becoming a small entrepreneur. A renewed focus on education began to emerge. One of Billy’s educational pursuits included interest in Georgetown University (while in DC) and Fordham University. Billy enrolled in Fairfield University and graduated in May of 1980? During these times Billy would frequently participate in many family get-togethers and develop lasting relationships with various nieces and nephews. Using the benefits of these relationships, Billy would frequently return for follow – up visits. As time advanced, Billy recognized opportunities in the Lake George area which attracted Billy’s attention. Billy participated wholeheartedly in the seasonal experience of Lake George including a multi – year assignment on one of the Lake George Cruise line ships. He could not have been happier. We are grateful that as our oldest brother Billy shared much of his enthusiasms in life with his family. He will be missed. A private celebration commemorating Billy’s life will be held at the convenience of the family.www.phalenfuneral.com