Merrimac, MA — Philip E. Drolet, 73, longtime Merrimac resident, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Maplewood Care Center in Amesbury.
Born in Haverhill on August 7, 1940, Phil graduated from Haverhill High School in 1958. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard, serving from 1959 to 1963, and then was employed at Massachusetts Electric from 1963 to 1978. Phil continued his career as a lineman at the Merrimac Light Deptartment from 1978 until his retirement in 2000.
Phil was the son of the late Paul L. and Louie J. Drolet of Haverhill, and was also predeceased by brothers, Paul L. and Richard E. Drolet.
Phil leaves is wife, Elaine (Cooney) Drolet of Merrimac; his children, Christopher J. Drolet of Enfield, Conn., and Susan E. and husband, Barry P. Nangle Jr. of Byfield. He was the grandfather of Barry P. Nangle III and Brooke E. Nangle. He also leaves many nephews and nieces; as well as sisters and brothers-in-law.
Prior to his illness, Phil spent many hours working and farming at Brown Spring Farm in West Newbury.
ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours at Paul C. Rogers & Sons Family Funeral Home, 36 West Main St., Merrimac, will be Monday, July 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral service at the funeral home will be Tuesday, at 10 a.m., followed by burial in Locust Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Life Choice Hospice, 161 South Main St., Suite 209, Middleton, MA 01949-2469, or to the charity of one's choice.
His family would like to thank the staff at Maplewood Center and Life Choice Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.