Martin Montag, 99, of Hilton Head Island was born January 14, 1918 in Bronx, NY. He lived a long and happy life and died peacefully at home on August 28, 2017.
He is the father of Jane Montag Joseph (Hart) of Hilton Head Island and Elizabeth (Lisa) Montag Brotman of Bethesda, MD.
Marty grew up in Laurelton, NY discovering a talent for art that provided an enduring source of work and pleasure. He won the St. Gaudin’s award for Art at Far Rockaway HS, presented by Eleanor Roosevelt at her Manhattan, NY home. Graduating from Pratt Institute, he began a long, successful career as a commercial artist in New York City specializing in air-brush photographic retouching and full color renderings for major magazines and prominent brands - a true advertising era “Mad Man.”
When WWII began, he became a draftsman then operations manager for the Cairnes Co., a military aircraft component manufacturer. Later, he joined the army and attended boot camp in Macon, GA. While in the 15th Infantry 3rd Division Company B in the first Occupational Army in Germany, he painted a large mural in the Red Cross Donut Dugout and illustrated for The Dragon, the regiment newspaper.
In 1940 he married his HS sweetheart, Bertha Foxtow. He was exceptionally proud of Berte, an attorney specializing in title insurance. They shared 64 years of marriage raising their family in Roslyn, NY where he was a member of Temple Sinai and the Mill River Club.
In 1989 they retired to Boca Raton, FL, playing golf at the Boca Woods Club. Marty’s passion for art continued as he created pastel and acrylic portraits with a group of artists at the Boca Museum.
In 2004, Berte and Marty moved to the Cypress on Hilton Head Island near his family. Berte soon passed away. He rapidly made many friends, especially through his art. He joined the Art League of Hilton Head and the Hilton Head Plantation Artist Association, painting every Monday at the Cypress. In 2013, he was the Featured Artist at the Art League’s Walter Greer Gallery with his first one person exhibition, “Marty Montag at 95, an Artful Life”. His colorful pastel portraits and WWII themed watercolors and pen and ink drawings received rave reviews. He was a member of Congregation Beth Yam.
Marty was a beloved and devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend. He experienced life with joie de vivre and appreciation and will be remembered as a modest, quiet man whose greatest source of joy was his family.
He is also survived by grandchildren Melissa Anne Brotman (Rand Sacks), Charles (Chad) Jonathan Evans (Nancy Solnik), David Andrew Evans (Laurie), Erica Leigh Orgen (Brian); great-grandchildren, Lydia and Miles Orgen, Justin Schwartz, William Evans, and Nathaniel and Juliette Evans; and nieces and nephews Kenneth Montag, Warren Graham Montag, Martha Montag Brown, and Alison Montag Woods. His brother Leonard Montag predeceased him.
A private funeral service will be held for the family at Menorah Gardens in Rockville, MD. There will be a Memorial service and reception at Congregation Beth Yam on Main Street on Hilton Head Island on Thursday, September 7th at 2:30pm. A reception will follow at the synagogue.
Contributions in Marty’s memory may be sent to Congregation Beth Yam (www.bethyam.org), the Art League of Hilton Head (www.artleaguehhi.org), or Hospice Care of the Lowcountry (www.hospicecarelc.org). The Island Funeral Home is servicing the family. islandfuneralhome.com.
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