New Milford, NJ: March 2, 2015 at the age of 97. Predeceased by Trudy, his beloved and adoring wife of 61 years. Devoted mother of Frances Howell and Ralph (Joan) Merzbach, and father-in-heart to Richard, Debbie, Donald and Ruth. Cherished grandfather of Diane, Debbie (Colt), Judy and Shelby (Evan), and grandfather-in-heart to Meredith and Amelia. Their lives and accomplishments gave him boundless joy and were well-known to anyone who would listen.
Interned by Britain where he had sought refuge from his native Germany during World War II, he was transported on the infamous ship Dunera to a camp in the Australian desert, from which he eventually made his way via another internment in Panama and a wartime stay in Ecuador, to the United States, of which he proudly became a citizen.
After a long career as a manufacturer’s representative he returned to the chamber music that had been his passion in earlier years, playing enthusiastically and often with his many like-minded friends. Trudy and his children and grandchildren lit up his life. After Trudy’s death he lived independently until his last weeks. He was known for his long walks through the neighborhood in almost any weather, often to The New Milford Senior Activity Center where he enjoyed good company, exercise and coffee, well into his 97th year.
Contributions may be made in Martin’s memory to The New Milford Senior ActivityCenter, 275 River Road, New Milford, NJ 07646.
Rochester Cremation, 4044 W. Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14623, 359-2300, RochesterCremation.com