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William B. Martin Sr., coffee roaster

William B. Martin Sr., a retired coffee roaster and World War II naval veteran, died Monday of renal failure at the Chester River Hospital Center in Chestertown. He was 87.

William Brent Martin Sr. was born in Baltimore and raised on Rogers Avenue. He attended city public schools and in 1943 enlisted in the Navy.

Mr. Martin, trained as a gunner's mate, served in the Pacific aboard landing ship tanks and the USS Gainard, a destroyer. He was discharged in 1947.

He worked for 30 years as a coffee roaster at the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.'s Frankford Avenue facility and later when it moved to Landover. He retired in 1988.

The longtime Dundalk resident, who had moved to Church Hill in Queen Anne's County, enjoyed working on home improvement projects and sketching.

Mr. Martin had been a communicant of Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church in Dundalk.

His wife of 58 years, the former Dolores Ann Baker, died in 2006.

Services are private.

Mr. Martin is survived by his four sons, William B. Martin Jr. of Rosedale, Bruce R. Martin of Catonsville, Wade S. Martin of Ferndale and Steven K. Martin of Little Rock, Ark.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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