|Birth: ||Apr. 29, 1931|
|Death: ||Dec. 22, 2003|
Watertown Daily Times - Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Carl E. Martel , 72, of 6334 Route 37, died Monday at his home, where he was under the care of his family.
Mr. Martel worked on various construction projects in the north country, beginning in 1975 as a clerk of the works. He was later a firefighter for the city and most recently worked with the Ogdensburg City School District, retiring in 1992.
Several years ago, he owned and operated Martel 's Dip and Strip furniture refinishing business and Martel 's Saw Mill, Lee Road. He enjoyed woodworking, designing and constructing several pieces of furniture, stained-glass fixtures and other unique items for his home.
In the early 1980s, he began painting in the folk-art tradition, producing a total of 38 paintings from memories of his childhood and scenes from his logging and saw mill days. He framed the photos himself and was known as Grandpa Moses to friends and family.
Varick Chittenden, director of Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY), instigated a public viewing of Mr. Martel 's art in 1982 at Silas Wright Museum, Canton. Since that time, his paintings have been displayed in various branches of Community Bank N.A. in St. Lawrence and Lewis counties.
His paintings have been exhibited by TAUNY at various times and were also part of a traveling exhibit of contemporary New York state folk art, on tour from 1995 to 1998 at Albany Institute of History and Art; Roberson Museum and Science Center, Binghamton; Everson Museum of Arts, Syracuse; The Hudson River Museum of Westchester, Yonkers; and the Museum at Stony Brook.
He served on the town of Oswegatchie Grievance Board for the last several years, was a member of Ertl Collectible Toy Club and had a vast collection of replica toy banks.
Born April 29, 1931, in Ogdensburg, son of Norman A. and Jennie Bristol Martel , he graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1952. He received a degree in building and construction from Chicago (Ill.) Technical College and served for a time in the National Guard.
He married Glory Piercey on Oct. 11, 1980, in Ogdensburg. A previous marriage to Carol Downing ended in divorce.
Surviving besides his wife are three sons and two daughters-in-law, two daughters and their husbands, a stepson and his wife, a stepdaughter and her husband, two brothers, 13 grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A brother, Delbert, died in infancy.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fox-McLellan Funeral Home, followed by a service at Foxwood Memorial Park.
Carol A Downing Martel (1932 - 2002)
Foxwood Memorial Park
St. Lawrence County
New York, USA
Created by: Anne Cady
Record added: May 31, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37763708
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