William A. Merrill, 87

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William Merrill

WESTBROOK — William A. Merrill, 87, of Westbrook, passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

Bill was born in Westerly, R.I., the son of Arthur and Mary (Fitzmorris) Merrill. Following his graduation from Gorham High School, he entered the U.S. Army and was stationed overseas. After he got out of the service, he attended the University of Maine, graduating with a two-year degree in Agriculture. He later worked for American Can, LC Andrews, Lachance Brick Co. and Portland Air Freight before retiring.

Bill was proud of his military service and a member of the VFW. He enjoyed spending time at the Andrew’s farm in Gorham, was an avid sports fan, especially enjoying NASCAR and the Red Sox. He enjoyed reading, keeping track of the weather and was a great storyteller. Another attribute he had was being able to give route information to any one in need of directions.

Bill was predeceased by his wife, Anna (Burnell) Merrill in 1996.

He is survived by a son, David Merrill of West Baldwin; daughters, Elizabeth Meserve of Saco and Sarah Plourd of Pembroke, N.H.; his brothers, George Merrill and Arthur E. Merrill Jr., both of Westbrook; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild, and one more on the way; as well as several nieces, nephews; and many friends.

A visiting hour will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday at Blais & Hay Funeral Home, 35 Church Street, Westbrook, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. Interment will be at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed at blaisandhayfuneralhome.com

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Westbrook Food Pantry, 426 Bridge St., Westbrook, ME 04092 or to VFW Deering Memorial Post 6859, 687 Forest Ave., Portland, ME 04103.

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