Mark R. Mercier, 56

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Mark R. Mercier

On Jan. 20, 2014, Mark R. Mercier, 56, of Bridgton, passed away while being held in the arms of his beloved mate, Susan Hatch.

He is also survived by his mother, Dolores Mercier, his brothers, Jeff and Wendy Mercier, Roger and Jody Mercier, his sister, Lynn and Brian Coelho, all of Attleboro, Mass.; his father, Roger Mercier; his sister, Beth and Tom Perreault, his son, Mark Mercier Jr., all of N. Attleboro, Mass.; his sister, Sue and Bill Whitney of Greenville, Tex.; his sister, Jeanne and Ken Perreault of Bridgton; his daughter Nicole and Rick Tavis of Smithfield, R.I., with twin grandsons, Jace and Michael; and he mentored Dan Adams of Dexter, Maine.

Mark served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Roosevelt, and as a 3rd Class Petty Officer on the destroyer USS Blandy. He worked on the N. Attleboro and Boston, Mass. fire departments, at Spurwink School in Casco. Mark worked as a childcare associate for 17 years.

He was a member of the Easy Riders Snowmobile Club, the Crooked River Masonic Lodge #152, the Oriental Masonic Lodge #13, the Bridgton Lions Club, the Farmington Elks Club, and the Lewiston Kora Shriners Temple.

Mark was a master carpenter, a classic Harley Davidson motorcyclist, and he loved hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, craft fairs, museums, Shaker history, hiking, lighthouses, travel, and vegetable and flower gardening. Mark's great love of animals was shown in the great joy we received in loving our turtle, Donny, and our incredible house bunny, Petie.

Viewing hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 at the Chandler Funeral Home, 8 Elm Street, Bridgton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at the Bridgton United Methodist Church, 114 Main St., Bridgton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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