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January 19, 2014

Harry Merrill Jr., 82

Haverhill — Harry Merrill, 82, a lifelong resident of Haverhill, died on Thursday, January 16, at the Penacook Place Nursing Home, surrounded by his loving family, after a period of declining health.

Born on May 17, 1931, he was the son of the late, Harry Sr. and Florence (Hutt) Merrill. He attended Haverhill Public Schools and Haverhill High School. A Korean War veteran, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy. During that time, Mr. Merrill served on the USS Tarawa, and was honorably discharged in 1962. He was a member of Haverhill AMVETS Post 147.

Mr. Merrill began his career in the local shoe industry, working at the Fifth Ave. Shoe Manufacturing Co. and also at the F.W. Woolworth store in Haverhill. Most of his career, however, was that of custodian in local nursing homes. He was employed at the O’Toole and Sullivan Nursing Home, and later would retire from the Glynn Memorial Nursing Home in Haverhill, after 14 years of service.

Harry enjoyed playing bingo and pokeno with his friends at Merrivista Senior Housing, until his recent illness forced him to move into Penacook Place. He will also be remembered for his kindness, generosity and humor. He would give to others without hesitation and never worry about himself. He will be dearly missed by those who knew him and loved him.

Mr. Merrill is survived by his brother, Richard Lancaster of Brownington, Vt. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Earl C. Merrill, Robert C. Merrill, Mary E. Miller, Dorothy C. Merrill, and Shirley Ann Malcolm.

ARRANGEMENTS: Friends and family were respectfully invited to call on Tuesday, January 21, from 11 a.m to 12 p.m., at the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St., Haverhill. Funeral services were held following the visitation, at 12 p.m., in the funeral home. Burial with military honors followed in the Veteran’s Section of the Linwood Cemetery, Mill St., Haverhill. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the St. Jude’s Children's Hospital, the Salvation Army, the MSPCA, or the charity of one’s choice.

Please visit Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook, or www.comeaufuneral.com.