H arold F. “Huzzy” Martell, 88, of Boardman Street, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the Haynes House of Hope in Granville, with his loving family by his side.
Huzzy dedicated his life to the community of Whitehall and to Washington County. He was a paid member of the Whitehall Fire Department, which then became the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department. He was part of a group that then formed the Skenesborough Volunteer Fire Department in 1965 where he was chief for over 35 years. He was community-minded including being a chartered member of the Skenesborough Emergency Squad. He was active in state and county levels including a Code Enforcement Officer for the Village of Whitehall, Washington County Fire Investigators, New York State Fire Instructor for many years, a member of the Washington County Chiefs and Officers Association and a member of the American Legion Post No. 83 of Whitehall.
He was a WWII Navy Veteran entering service after the 10th grade and spent most of his time in the Pacific Theater. While in the Navy, his last name was erroneously misspelled and that is when his name was changed to Martell with two “L’s”.
In his early years, Huzzy owned Bel-Mar Auto and then started Martell’s Auto, which he operated for many years with his son Jim. Jim continued to run the garage after Huzzy’s retirement.
After the war, Harold married Daune Hewitt on Sept. 11, 1949. They spent the next 64 years raising their seven children and building a wonderful life together.
He is predeceased by his daughter, Heidi Biddiscombe, two sisters, Katherine Pregent and Virginia Smith, and one brother, Robert Martel.
He leaves behind his wife, Daune; his children, Marsha Kemp, Mary Jo Smith (Tim), James Martell, Theresa Martell, Rena Woodcock (Matthew), Ann Nesbitt (Ed); his son-in-law, Rob Biddiscombe; his grandchildren, Ryan Biddiscombe (Melissa), Patrick Biddiscombe (Dana), Christine Ellis (Aaron), 2nd LT. USAF Megan Kemp (Jeff), Taylor St. Clair (Soleil), PFC Jordan St.C lair, Luc St. Clair, Lindsay Martell (Peter), Loren Martell, Drew Steele, Eric Steele, Emily Steele, Lexi Woodcock, Nicole Woodcock, Kadee Nesbitt, Ashlee Nesbitt, Allanah Nesbitt and Edward Nesbitt; four great grandchildren, Ethan, Gavriella, Aria and Connor; his only remaining sibling, William Martel (Karen), and his daughter-in-law, Cheri Martell.
Family and friends may call at the Jillson Funeral Home, Inc., 46 Williams, Whitehall on Friday, July 25, 2014 from 2 to 4:00 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. American Legion Post No. 83 will conduct a Legionnaire Service at 6:45 p.m. The Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company will conduct a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church in Whitehall with Rev. Rendell Torres, pastor, officiating.
Interment, with full military honors, will follow in Our Lady of Angels in Whitehall, conducted by American Legion Post No. 83 of Whitehall.
Following the interment, family and friends are invited to a time of fellowship and refreshments at the American Legion Post No. 83, Main Street, Whitehall.
Pallbearers will be former members of the Skenesborough Volunteer Fire Department, Jeff Benjamin, Mike Putorti, Jim Putorti, George Enny, Craig Bascue and James Martell.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation in Huzzy’s name to the Haynes House of Hope, State Route 149, Granville, N.Y. 12832 or ALS- Lou Gehrigs Disease, St. Peter’s Hospital, 315 North Manning Blvd., Albany, N.Y. 12208.
The family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses at Tower 6 of the Glens Falls Hospital, the Indian River Nursing Home and the Haynes House of Hope. A special thank you to his very special friends, Lou Rollins and Marita Degraff, for their help and special care over the years. They would also like to thank the Skenesborough Volunteer Fire Department members for their dedicated service and being a good friend to Huzzy.