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Thomas J. Martin, insurance agency executive; June 19, 1928 -- Aug. 26, 2011

Thomas J. Martin of Amherst, an insurance agency executive, died Friday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Buffalo. He was 83.

Born in Paterson, N.J., Mr. Martin moved to this area in 1945 and was a graduate of Kensington High School. He was a staff sergeant with the Air Force from 1948 to 1952, responsible for training German mechanics in the repair of the C-124 transport planes used in the Berlin Airlift.

His career in the insurance field began in 1962. He had worked at various agencies, including LoVullo-Millemaci, before joining Potter, Harris & Scherrer. In 1985, that agency was among the founding members of the Northwoods Corp., a partnership of independent insurance agencies.

Mr. Martin retired as senior vice president in charge of marketing in 1997. He continued as a consultant and recruiter of new agents, and was active in that capacity at the time of his death.

He was a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of New York, a past president and member of Buffalo Gyro Club and a former officer and member of Buffalo Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors include his wife, the former Joan Stevenson; two daughters, Beth Rogers and Mary Kay Nichols; a son, Thomas S.; two sisters, Teresa Cavaretta and Edith; and a brother, Bernard.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Timothy Catholic Church, 565 East Park Drive, Town of Tonawanda.


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