Frederick C. Murch, 56

Frederick Charles Murch, 56, of Bridgton, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family and beloved dog after a spirited battle with chronic illness.

Fred married Kim Mercier in 1977, and they resided in Amherst, N.H. until they made their home in Bridgton in 1987.

A graduate of Wilton High School, in N.H., Fred was a master carpenter, overseeing many prestigious projects, from Maine to Boston, Mass., and Philadelphia, Pa. Fred was an avid race car hobbyist, but his greatest love was his wife and three daughters.

The Fryeburg Community Chapel, under the direction of Louise Mallet, was especially close to Fred and his family.

Fred was predeceased by his grandmother and grandfather, Catherine and Arthur Foster, and mother and father-in-law, Jeanne and Francis Mercier.

His beloved survivors include his wife, Kim I. Murch; daughters, Taylor, Shelby and Lindsay Murch; mother, Sandra Murch of Scarborough; father, Charles Murch of Londonderry, N.H.; brothers-in-law, Michael and Kenneth Mercier; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Chris Whitaker; and several special nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may attend Visitation on Friday, April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 8 Elm St., Bridgton. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 27, at 11 a.m. at the North Fryeburg Community Chapel, Fish Street, Fryeburg, with reception to follow. Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.chandlerfunerals.com

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