HARPSWELL — Frederick James Martin, 76, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, April 8, after courageously battling ongoing health issues for many years.

Fred lived in Greenwood Lake, N.Y., prior to relocating to Topsham in 2004, and later, to Harpswell. Before retiring, Fred was a special education teacher with the Bergen County Special Services School District and was a member of the New Jersey Education Association. Frederick was an Army Reserves veteran who proudly served our country.

He was the cherished husband of Beverly (nee Fox); beloved father of Patricia Martin, Leslie Martin-Bazzini and her husband, Paul; caring stepfather of Emil Marone and his wife, Jennifer, Thomas Marone and Kathleen Marone; devoted grandfather of Andrew, Daniel and Sarah Bazzini; and stepgrandchildren, Jace, Kal and Jude Marone; and the loving brother of Patrick Martin.

Fred was predeceased by his parents, Kathryn Gibbons Martin and Frederick Charles Martin.

Frederick was a voracious reader and history buff, and he enjoyed boating, fishing and bird and wildlife watching on his beloved Greenwood Lake, and later from the deck at his Harpswell home. He had a soft spot for all animals, particularly his cat, Oscar, and his longtime canine companions, Seamus and Toni Blair. He was a parishioner of All Saints Parish in Brunswick.

His quick wit, dry sense of humor, crooked smile and sideways glance with eyes full of mischief will be sorely missed.

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