Joseph V. Martin, 64 of Bradford, passed away Tuesday Aug. 2, 2011, following a brief illness. Born on May 13, 1947, he was a son of Lawrence J. and Georgia Strotman Martin. On Aug. l, 1997, he married Diane M. Sherk, who survives. He was a graduate of Bradford Central Christian High School. He served in the U.S. Army, including in Korea, between 1966 and 1969. He earned a bachelor's degree in business from the Pennsylvania State University.
Joe was well recognized for his active involvement in various community and national issues. A walk down Main Street always turned into a long trip due to his spirited interaction with everyone. Surviving are a stepson, Michael (Tracey) Thomas of Erie; stepdaughter, Deanna (Dean) Hanshew of Gig Harbor, Wash; sisters, Thelma Sheehan of Youngsville, Mary (Charles) Deal of Bessemer City, N.C., Eileen (Paul) LeFort of Glen Ellyn, Ill, and Martha (Craig) Simmons of Bradford; a brother, David L. Martin of Venus; a step grandson; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Rose Anne Martin. Memorial contributions may be made to the Allegheny Defense Project, 117 West Wood Lane, Kane, PA 16735; Veterans for Peace, 216 S. Meramec Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63105; or McKean County Hospice
Source: Bradford Era
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