Merrimac, MA — Bruce Alan Merrill, 70, of Merrimac, formerly of West Newbury, died peacefully Friday morning at his home after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in West Newbury, July 22, 1942, he was the son of the late Clifton A. and Dorothy C. (Plummer) Merrill and was a graduate of Pentucket Regional High School, Class of 1960.
Bruce was a lifelong dairy farmer and longtime member of the Massachusetts Selective Breeding Association. Having been born into a farming family, he knew the long days and hard work of a farmer and still chose to pursue a lifetime of farming. It was in his blood. Although he had helped on the family farm throughout his school-day years, from 1970 to 1976, he worked for the Knoxland Farm in Weare, N.H., then came back home to work the Merrill Family Farm in West Newbury from 1976 until he sold it in 1996, and from 1997 until 2006, had worked at the Kimball Farm in Haverhill. As a true farmer, he never missed a chance to bring a prized cow or bull to the Topsfield Fair and walk away with a “winning ribbon.” In his most recent years, Bruce worked for Ray Bateman at Newton Supply Company in Newton, N.H., just to remain active - he did not know how to sit back and relax, he always needed to be doing something!
He is survived by his beloved wife, Hea Ryeon Jeon of Merrimac; his children, Bruce A. Merrill, Jr. of Amesbury; Christopher S. Merrill of Auburn, and Lori J. Lipson of Mt. Vernon, N.H.; his five grandchildren, Rachel Lonsberry; Cameron and Ashton Merrill; and Jack and Marina Lipson; five great-grandchildren, Ayden Pineau, Trevor and Carter Marshall, and Kaylah and Aiden Lonsberry; his brother, Chase Merrill; along with two nieces and a nephew, Theresa, Asia and Ethan Merrill, additional extended family and many dear friends. He was predeceased by his sisters, Terry Merrill and Patricia Goodell. Bruce will be missed by them all.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers & Sons Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Ave., Amesbury, will be Monday, June 10, 2013, from 10 a.m. to noon immediately followed by services at noon and burial at Bridge Street Cemetery, West Newbury. Donations in his memory may be made to the Butterfly Foundation, c/o Brookhaven Hospice, 6 Beech St., Framingham, MA 01702.