Word has been received that Vincent George Martlew of West Falmouth and Vero Beach, Florida, has died at the age of 91. Mr. Martlew died July 8 in Vero Beach, following a brief illness.

He was the husband of Marian Howells Martlew.

He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the son of Ann and Claude Martlew. He studied at his father’s radio school in Halifax, where he learned Morse Code. At age 14, he convinced the Canadian Merchant Marine that he was 16 and served as a radio operator aboard ships during World War II.

After the war’s end in Europe, he sailed to Japan, returning American and British troops home.

Mr. Martlew became an avid reader and a lifelong Winston Churchill fan. He sailed the world with United Fruit Company and could name all 15 ships and all the ports he had visited.

He earned his business degree at night from City College in New York and subsequently worked for Interlake Steel Corporation as a sales executive for 39 years.

He lived in Cleveland, Chicago and Philadelphia before retiring to the Cape.

He loved classical music and amateur radio.

In addition to his wife, he leaves his daughters, Heather Frazier of Mattapoisett, Bronwen Howells Walsh of West Falmouth and Barnstable, and Caroline Martlew of Lakewood, Ohio, from a previous marriage; and several grandchildren.

A memorial service will be celebrated Saturday, September 7, at 11 AM at St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main Street in Falmouth.

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