Brattleboro- Robert L. "Bob" Martel, 73, of Old Guilford Road died Friday morning, June 2, 2017 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH following a lengthy illness.
Bob was born in Brattleboro on May 2, 1944 the son of Lourio and Elizabeth (Lazelle) Martel. He attended Brattleboro public schools and was a graduate of Brattleboro High School, Class of 1962.
He had worked for many years for the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union employed as custodial supervisor for the Brattleboro school district. Previously Bob worked at the former Vermont Print Company in Brattleboro.
Bob was a communicant of Saint Michael's Roman Catholic Church.
He loved the outdoors, spending time at his family's camp located on Holland Pond, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. His favorite leisure time activity was time shared with his family.
Bob is survived by his longtime partner of many years, Kelley VanLeeuwen of Brattleboro, seven daughters, Monica Statile of Niskayuna , NY, Joan Vincelette of Shelburne, VT, Michelle Harker of Woodland Park, CO, Paula Meunier of Fairfax, VT Suzanne Normandin of Milton, VT, Sally Polley of Williston, VT and Alexa VanLeeuwen of Brattleboro, three sisters, Betty Davison of Burlington, Dora Sprague of Brattleboro and Diana Bedard of Hinsdale, two brothers, David Martel of Alstead, NH and John Martel of Greenfield, MA.
Additionally he leaves 30 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service will be conducted for the immediate family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bob's name may be made to Rescue Inc. P.O. Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05302.
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