MOUNT DESERT — George M. Merchant passed peacefully from this life with dignity and grace on June 7, 2015, with his loving wife, Jan, by his side at Massachusetts General Hospital after a long illness.
George was born in Hall Quarry on April 8, 1939, and remained there until his passing. He loved looking out over Somes Sound. He loved to travel but was always ready to come home to Hall Quarry. He loved to reminisce about growing up in Hall Quarry, swimming in the quarries, running up and down Robinson Mountain and going down to Broad Cove. George loved history, was an avid reader and loved anything related to the Civil War and World War II. He loved Mount Desert Island, but never really enjoyed the drive up Cadillac Mountain.
George is survived by his children, Linda Hamor, Wayne Merchant and Lynn, Denise White, McKenzie Jewett and husband, Tadd, and Melissa Hamel and husband, Wesley. He was grandfather to Brad, Wes, Jordan, Jake, Chelsea, Eleni, Abby, Aaron, Andrew, Rylie, Mayzie, Declan and Sara. He was a great-grandfather as well. George was most proud of his family and loved them dearly. He was always so happy to see them.
George is also survived by his siblings, Robert Merchant, Anthony Merchant, Albert Merchant, Nancy Davis, Evelyn Davis and Lydia Farley.
George was proud to have retired from The Jackson Lab after 39 years. He had many friends at the lab and always enjoyed talking to them after his retirement.
Morris Thurston was a true friend to George. He would pick him up and they would go to lunch and be gone for hours. They always had a story when they returned. Thank you, Morris, for being such a good friend. Sally Merchant was also a special person in George’s life. She sang to him and was so comforting. She always made George laugh by the silly things she did.
George was predeceased by his first wife, Clara (Dolly), his parents and a sister.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Southwest Harbor Medical Center and Maine Coast Memorial Hospital for their care of George. We also want to thank the doctors and nurses at Massachusetts General Hospital, especially those on Lunder 8 who were with George from day one of his illness 10 years ago and who took care of him when he passed. He came full circle.
Lastly, thank you to Lisa Lovett, a wonderful and compassionate friend.
There will be a graveside service for George on June 20 at 10 a.m. at the Mountain View Cemetery in Town Hill.