Martin Joseph Baltimore, a former resident of Kingston and Dallas and currently a resident of Edwardsville died in Commonwealth Hospice of Wilkes-Barre on November 2, 2012. He was 90 years old.
Marty was born on September 2, 1922 in Pittston, grew up in Wilkes Barre and was the son of Albert C. Baltimore and Bettie Lyons Baltimore. He was a graduate of Meyers High School class of 1940, attended the Citadel and graduated from Colgate University in 1947. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served in the Pacific Theatre in World War II. He was recalled to the Corps during the Korean Conflict in 1951.
After serving in the Corps, Marty returned to Wyoming Valley. He married Ruth Betty Bloch, daughter of LT Colonel Samuel Bloch Jr. and Theresa Bergsmann Bloch. Marty entered the family business, Bloch Brothers, founded by Clemence Bloch in 1920, eventually becoming its’ owner. He was a highly successful and respected insurance agent and a member of The Independent Agents Association and PACE. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 655 and the Lodge Council Consistory Valley of Scranton for over 50 years. Marty was a member of Fox Hill Country Club and Valley Tennis and Swim Club. He was also a member of Temple B’nai Brith of Wilkes-Barre. Marty was a Life Master in Bridge. When his eyesight failed, he retrained himself on how to use the computer and was able to play bridge with others from around the world. Marty wrote a book called BALTO Variations, a scientific bidding system for Bridge.
In addition to his wife, Marty is survived by his sister, Joy Greenwald, daughter Francie Baltimore Handman(Carl), son Sandy Baltimore(Lesley), grandchildren David Handman, Allison Handman, Eric Baltimore (Halli), Alex Baltimore and Abbey Baltimore. Preceding him in death were his parents and brother, Herman D. Baltimore.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Commonwealth Hospice of Wilkes-Barre for the excellent and compassionate care which was given to Marty during his illness.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Rosenberg Funeral Chapel, 348 S. River Street, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in
Shiva will be held at the home of Francie and Carl Handman, 98 East Walnut Street, Kingston on Sunday from 7-9 PM, Monday and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9PM.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.