A Mass of Christian Burial for Charles Joseph Martin Jr., a retired investigator, was offered today in St. Edmund Catholic Church, Town of Tonawanda. Burial was in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.
Mr. Martin died unexpectedly Sunday in his Town of Tonawanda home. He was 76.
Born in Buffalo, he attended St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and graduated from Fosdick-Masten Park High School in 1946. After graduation, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served for two years, then was recalled for the Korean War. He attained the rank of lance corporal.
After earning his bachelor of business administration degree from Canisius College in 1954, he worked from 1957 to 1970 as a criminal investigator for the Internal Revenue Service in Buffalo. He then became an investigator for the Justice Department's Organized Crime Task Force, retiring in 1980.
In retirement, he was an investigator for Pinkerton and a bookkeeper for American Performance until 2003.
Mr. Martin was active in St. Edmund Church and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
He enjoyed bird-watching and gardening, concerts and Irish music. He was a Buffalo Bills fan and walked for miles as part of his exercise regime.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Kathyleen Elizabeth Carter; two sons, Kevin S. Brock of Grand Island and Brian of Lisbon, Ohio; two daughters, Charyleen P. of Amherst and Colleen of Brookline, N.H.; a brother, George of Clarence; a sister, Elizabeth Lockhart of Buffalo; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.