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Merton C. "Mert" Waterman

Merton 'Mert' C. Waterman, 84 BUXTON -- Merton 'Mert' C. Waterman, 84, of the Salmon Falls Road, passed away on June 12, 2009, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. He was lifelong Buxton resident and was born in Buxton on Nov. 24, 1924, the son of Carlton and Doris (Elwell) Waterman. He attended grammar school in Bar Mills and graduated in 1943 from SD Hanson High School. Merton proudly served his country during WWII under Gen. Patten in the U.S. Army. Throughout his life, Merton worked as a lineman for New England Tel & Tel, which eventually merged into Verizon. He was a member of the American Legion, Buxton Masonic Lodge #115 AF&AM, the Maine Democratic Party, Buxton/Hollis Historical Society, Berry Memorial Library, and many other local community organizations. He was a longtime member of the School Board and was active in the creation of MSAD #6. From 1990-1992, Mr. Waterman served on the State Legislature for Buxton and part of Hollis. The 2008 Town of Buxton Report was dedicated to him for his years of community service and involvement. Mert was an avid harness racing enthusiast and enjoyed going to State Fairs. He is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy (Anthony) Waterman; son, Robert Waterman and his wife Deirdre Brotherson of Concord, N.H., daughter, Linda Berry and her husband Brian of Winthrop; sister, Virginia Hunt and her husband Henry of Gorham; grandchildren, Jacob Berry, Jessica Newton, Jenna Berry, Cooper Waterman, Seneth Waterman and Fletcher Waterman; great-granddaughter, Ashlynn Newton; and three nephews. Visiting hours will be on Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home, located on the corners of Rts. 202 and 4A (13 Portland Rd.) in Buxton (Bar Mills). A Masonic funeral service will be held during the visitation at 7:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with burial to follow at South Buxton (Tory Hill) Cemetery. www.dcpate.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: The Berry Memorial Library 93 Main St. Bar Mills, Maine 04004 Merton 'Mert' C. Waterman

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on June 14, 2009
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