FALMOUTH - David Gardner Merrill, 87, born in Swampscott, MA to L. Gardner and Oliva (Noble) Merrill.
David graduated from Falmouth High School in 1946. He joined the Navy right after graduation and was honorably discharged in 1948. In 1950 he married Mary Lou (Blake) Endicott. David graduated from the University of Maine in Orono in 1952, with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
David's professional career focused on the railroad industry. He worked for the Bangor & Aroostook, the Maine Central, the Lehigh Valley, and Conrail. He also consulted with railroads around the world including Germany, Turkey, South Korea, and several countries in South America and Africa.
In 1993 David married Nancy Hall and enjoyed 22 years of retirement and adventure. He enjoyed many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, hiking and camping. David was also an enthusiast of Franklin automobiles, owning and restoring several cars and belonging to the Franklin Club. He was active in The Falmouth Historical Society, helping to establish the Falmouth Heritage Museum. David was a lifelong, active member of the Falmouth Congregational Church. He was a member of the Free Masons, holding a 50 year medal.
David is survived by his wife Nancy, his son Peter Merrill and his wife Joanne from Saco, his daughter Catherine Liberty and her husband Peter from Saranac Lake, NY, his step children Chrisanne (Hall) Salazar of Davenport, IA, Stephanie and Steve Watts of Sebastian, FL, and Thomas and Kathy Hall of Minneapolis, MN., his sister Joanne Varga and her husband Paul of Concord, NH. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, several cousins and innumerable friends. David was predeceased by two sons John Merrill and Thomas Merrill.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, December 11, 2015 at Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, ME. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Falmouth.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Falmouth Historical Society, 2 Homestead Lane, Falmouth, ME.