William Newkirk Martin died peacefully at home in Vero Beach, FL on September 10, 2022. He was 84 years old. Beloved by family and friends, he will be remembered for his kind heart, humor, intelligence, calm guidance, work ethic, patriotism and ability to build and fix anything.
Born in Jersey City, NJ on January 13, 1938, he was the son of Martha Morris Martin and William Arthur Martin, Jr. Bill grew up in Englewood, NJ graduating in 1955 from the Englewood School for Boys (now Dwight-Englewood School). He attended Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA, graduating with a BA in Journalism and as a member of Sigma Chi. Bill spent two years as a volunteer draftee with the United States Army, White Sands Proving Grounds, NM 40th Missile Artillery Battalion; he was honorably discharged in 1959, rank Specialist 3rd.
After college, Bill joined the Employee Benefits Division at Aetna Life Insurance Company. Initially assigned as a ‘Group Rep’ to the New York City office he later transferred to the Home Office in Hartford, CT.
Bill married the love of his life, Alice Dunn Martin, on September 8, 1962; they raised their two daughters in West Hartford, CT where Bill spent the entirety of his career with Aetna/ING. Upon his retirement in 2002, Bill was Sr. Vice President, National Accounts.
While living in West Hartford, CT Bill and Alice became members of the Tunxis Hunting & Fishing Club where they built a lake side home; once the foundation was poured and outer walls & roof constructed, Bill completed the entire job himself, doing all the plumbing, electrical, drywall, and painting, with wife and daughters helping when possible and allowed. The family spent decades enjoying their Berkshire home and Bill served many elected roles in the Tunxis Club organization. Summers were spent in Christmas Cove, Maine where Bill served the Christmas Cove Improvement Association (CCIA) as Director and Treasurer. In 2015, the Martins moved to Sea Oaks Beach & Tennis Club in Vero Beach.
Bill enjoyed tennis and golf, boating & picnics with family along the coast of Maine. As a boy he attended camp at Keewaydin (Salisbury, VT) where he became a skilled outdoorsman; he shared his love for that camp and the outdoors with his children and grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Martin Johnson, Bill is survived by his loving wife, Alice Dunn Martin; his two children, Cynthia Martin Brown (David) and Rebecca Martin Connard (Frank); and seven grandchildren, Samuel Newkirk Brown (Maddie), Mallory Grace Brown, Henry William Brown, Julia Louise Brown, Cynthia Reed Connard, Jane Martin Connard and Frank Leavenworth Connard IV.
Friends that would like to share a fond memory of Bill or leave condolences for his family may sign and online guestbook at www.millenniumcremationservice.com Arrangements are under the care of Millennium Cremation Service of Vero Beach.
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