HARRINGTON – Kenneth F. Merritt, 72, died peacefully April 20, 2009, at his home. He was born Dec. 22, 1936, in Addison, son of the late John and Marcia (Fickett) Merritt. He grew up in Addison, graduating from Addison High School. Ken later joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Long Beach, Calif., where he met his wife, Dawn. He was honorably discharged with the rank of mineman third class, March 30, 1965. Ken worked in machine shops while living in California after his discharge from the service. Once he moved back to Maine, he went to work for a local sardine factory in Addison; the Peat Bog, Deblois; and lastly at Jasper Wyman, Cherryfield, retiring in the late 1980s. He was an avid sports fan spending hours watching, reading and keeping stats on games. His favorite team was the Atlanta Braves. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing in his healthier years and crosswords and bird watching. He shared 36 years of marriage with the late Dawn L. (Barraford) Merritt who died in 2003. Family members include his son, John C. Merritt and his wife, Michelle and their children, Lauren and Lucas, all of Harrington; a sister, Maxine Dorr of Harrington; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and longtime friends, Dave and Tori Cobb of Machias. He will be sadly missed by Dwight Caler and his wife, Mabel, of Alabama who were known for mailing him all of the newspaper clippings on his favorite team, the Atlanta Braves. Ken also leaves behind a faithful four-footed canine companion, Skipper. He was predeceased by two brothers, Merrill Rogers and Lawrence Merritt. Graveside services with military honors will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Church Hill Cemetery, Addison. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ark Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 276, Cherryfield, ME 04622. A service of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Milbridge. For online condolences, please visit www.bragdonkelley.com.