Blaine's Story

BROOKSVILLE, FL - Blaine passed away on May 12, 2015 in Brooksville, Fl. He was born Oct. 13, 1941 in Caratunk, the son of Malcolm C. and Lena (Bean) Merrill.

Blaine lived most of his adult life in the Winterport, Brewer and Searsport area. He retired from the antique business in 2008, having operated The Blast From The Past shop at The Hobby Horse in Searsport, for 18 years. He had a special talent for restoring old Coca-Cola and Pepsi machines and antique gas pumps. When he finished with them, they would look like they did when they were new, sometimes better. Blaine always had a smile on his face and a cheerful greeting. He was known for his quick wit and great sense of humor. Once you met Blaine, you never forgot him. He was an avid Red Sox, New England Patriots and Nascar fan. He loved animals and always missed his special dog, Coco.

Blaine is survived by his partner, companion and best friend of more than 16 years, Ms. Beverly Levesque of Brooksville, FL., one brother and sister-in-law Ronald and Libby Merrill, of Bethesda, MD, one sister and brother-in-law, who was like a brother, Jeanne and Charles "Butch" Canty of Winterport, a special step-daughter Melody Kay and her family of Brooksville, FL., four nephews, Barry Merrill of Boca Raton, FL., Jonathan Merrill of Rockville, MD., Rod Ronco Jr. of Bangor, Michael Canty of Manchester, NH., one niece, Darlene Canty of Eddington, and several cousins.

Besides his parents, Blaine was predeceased by an infant brother and sister, James Malcolm and Bonnie Elaine.

A memorial service will be held at 1 PM, August 15th at Gibersons Funeral Home, 18 River St., Bingham, with Rev. Douglas W. Drown officiating. Friends and family are invited to gather following the service for continued fellowship and luncheon at the American Legion Hall, Meadow St., Bingham. Those who wish to remember Blaine in a special way are asked to make a donation in his memory to your local animal shelter.

"To the many nice men and lovely women I've met through my life, I would like to thank you for your friendship and I hope to see you all in the next life. To the rest - once was probably enough. Thank you one and all!! " ~ Blaine
Published in Bangor Daily News
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