Waterville - Rene-Joseph I. Martin 87, passed away Sunday September 23, 2018 at a nursing facility in Canton, Maine.\r\nHe was born in Van Buren, Maine on April 22, 1931 the son of William and Rita Anna (LaJoie) Martin.\r\nHe was formerly employed in Van Buren, picking potatoes and working in the lumber industry. He moved from\r\nVan Buren to the Waterville area and was employed first at Thayer Hospital and then at Central Maine Motors, and then had joined the Waterville Fire Department where he was employed for over 20 years in various capacities.\r\nRene also enjoyed fishing and camping and watching DVD's on television.\r\nHe is survived by his two sons Donald Martin and wife Vinita and David Martin. His daughter Judy Martin Craig and husband Stephen.\r\nAlso by 3 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.\r\nRene was predeceased by his parents, his former wife Laura who passed away in 2011, and his three brothers Joseph Edmund Martin,\r\nAuriel Martin and Claude Martin. There will be no public visitation and funeral services will be private. \r\nArrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville. An online guestbook may be signed, memories and condolences shared at www.gallantfh.com\r\nIn lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be sent to Spectrum Generations-Muskie Center 38 Gold Street Waterville, Maine 04901.