STACYVILLE and MILLINOCKET – Michael W. Merry, 64, passed unexpectedly Sept. 28, 2012, while working in the woods. He was born July 5, 1948, in Lincoln, son of Marshall W. and Rita (Nelson) Merry.
Mike grew up on a dairy farm in Stacyville and worked alongside his father; his uncle, Gerald Merry; and several cousins that were special to him. Mike graduated from Sherman High in 1966 and received an associate degree in agriculture/dairy in 1968 from the University of Maine, Orono. Mike worked on Bangor & Aroostook Railroad for about 11 years, was a logging contractor with Great Northern Paper Co. for 10 years, and at the time of his death contracted with Prentiss and Carlisle. He was a certified professional logger for most of his life. Mike was a “cultured lumberjack.” He was a drummer in the high school band and later played in two bands: TJ-N-the Ramblers and Northeast Cowboys. He loved the outdoors, was an avid outdoorsman and was a registered Maine guide for several years. You could always find Mike at a horseshoe tournament or backyard pit “shootin’ the breeze.” He was a member of National Horseshoe Pitchers Association and won multiple tourneys. He joked with his boys the only person he enjoyed losing to was Harold Robinson. Mike coached several years of hockey with his boys as well as played in the men’s league, and enjoyed watching the Bruins and Maine Black Bears. He loved music and dance as well as taught several different styles; east coast, west coast, waltz, hustle, ballroom and many others. He performed in the Swing-N-Sway presentation this past spring in Camden. Mike enjoyed telling a good story and playing practical jokes. He had the gift of gab, made friends easily, and had an unforgettable laugh and smile! Mike had a big heart, a gregarious spirit, and would lend a helping hand to anyone in need. “Bumpa,” as he was affectionately called, loved spending time with his grandchildren. Most importantly Mike loved being with his family as well as his close friends.
He is survived by three daughters, Michelle and husband, Michael Seaman, of Newcastle, Kathy and husband, Bill Jason, of Winslow, and Jennifer Lee and husband, Ron Betters, of Old Town; four sons, Brent Lee of Glenburn, Kevin Merry and girlfriend, Stacia Langille, of Newmarket, N.H., Jared Merry and significant other, Brooke Michaud, of Bangor, and Justin Merry and wife, Tiffany, of Newmarket, N.H.; grandchildren, Brooke Lee, Billy Seaman, Brianna Lee, Jessica Dupray, Alexander Jason, Gabriel Seaman, Lindsey Jason, Gloria Seaman, Matthew Seaman and Madelyn Merry; and sister, Glenda and husband, Fred Whitney, and their children, Andrea Martin, of Texas, Lori Martin, of Bangor, Carl Martin and wife, April, of Bucksport, Doug Martin and wife, Amy, of Indiana, and Craig Martin, of Bangor. Mike cared for them a great deal, was always there for them, and they thought of him as a hero. He also had great-nieces and great-nephews, aunts and cousins: Alda Merry and children, Frances Borden of California and Paul Borden and wife, Joanne, of California; Elga Merry and children, Joellen Merry of Houlton, Kerry Merry and wife, Lisa, of Sherman, Ava MacArthur and husband, Barry, of Island Falls, Eric Merry and wife, Barbara, of Stacyville, Robbie Merry and wife, Tammy, of Stacyville, Esther Wells of Connecticut, and he thought of Sarah Copage like a daughter. He is also survived by the mothers’ of his children: his first wife of 7 1/2 years, Sally Gilbert; and second wife of 23 years, Rebecca Merry. He is survived by his current companion, Debbie Reynolds of Belfast. He was predeceased by his parents, Marshall and Rita Merry; a very special grandfather, Harold Merry; uncle, Gerald Merry; and cousin, Claudia Borden. Mike will be forever loved and missed dearly by his family and friends.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at The Washburn Memorial Church, 3 Church St., Sherman Mills. A graveside service will be after at Sherman Mills Cemetery with a reception after at The Washburn Memorial Church.