Sherwood S. "Scott" Merrill

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Sherwood S. "Scott" Merrill, 84

PORTLAND - Sherwood S. "Scott" Merrill, 84, went to be with Jesus on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Scarborough, after a brief illness.

He was born on April 28, 1933, in Portland, the youngest child of Ray W. Merrill and Beulah B. Merrill (Hiscock).

He had three older siblings, R. William "Bill" Merrill, Maxine (Merrill) Hamilton, and Eleanor (Merrill) Nelson.

He told many stories of his childhood exploits.On his very first day of school, while playing musical chairs, he pushed a little boy out of the chair he wanted. The teacher made his two sisters come to his class to see his hand rapped with a ruler. When older, he and some friends would stand on the train trestle near Hoods and throw water balloons down on unsuspecting cars, even hitting a police car! Knowing the man he was, no one would imagine he had ever been naughty like this.

Scott graduated from Portland High School in 1952. There was always a fun-spirited rivalry in the family, because his wife and children all went to Deering High School.

He entered the Army in 1953, and served in the Signal Corps in Eritrea, Ethiopia.

On June 25, 1955, he married his lifelong sweetheart, Wealthy A. Littlefield, in a lovely ceremony at Stroudwater Baptist Church.

Scott and Wealthy had four children, two girls and two boys. He was the best dad anyone could ask for -- loving, easygoing, and involved. He cared for the Little League field and concession stand in Riverton for many years.

Throughout the years, he remained a faithful member of Stroudwater Baptist Church, giving countless hours to the many activities and needs of the church.

His first job was for a bakery, as a teenager. While still in high school, he began his 43-year career with the telephone company, starting as office boy, then in installation, traveling all around the state. He stopped that soon after his first child was born. He then became a toll testman, the position he held until his retirement in 1994. He was a member of the IBEW. For many years, he worked a second job with a friend's construction company. He was a meticulous carpenter, building houses, putting on additions, making cabinets and doing wiring.

His funniest mistake was when he wired a friend's bathroom so that every time they turned on the bathroom light, the backyard floodlights came on!

He always was a hard worker, continuing through his retirement years. In 2016, he replaced the backyard fence with minimal assistance. In June and July of this year, he sifted through yards of loam, taking out rocks and taking loads of them to the dump.

For many years he did cake decorating, even designating a room in the basement as the Cake Room. Wealthy would bake the cakes and he would decorate them, from simple birthday cakes to elaborate wedding cakes, the last one being a wedding cake for his grandson.

He loved to cook; some of his specialties were French onion soup, fried rice, and many jams and jellies.

Scott loved the Lord and spent a quiet time each morning, reading his Bible and in prayer. He led a small group Bible study. For many years he taught Sunday school, including when he was in the Army in Africa. He went on numerous mission trips with the church and Samaritan's Purse to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Nicaragua, New Orleans and to the Operation Christmas Child processing center in Charlotte, North Carolina. He volunteered with Operation Christmas Child in Portland in the collection center for several years.

Scott and Wealthy traveled quite a bit, going on several cruises, driving around the country, and visiting relatives and friends.

For many years, he wore a handlebar moustache. People everywhere loved it. Wherever he went, he was everyone's favorite person. He was quiet, laid-back, and had a wonderful sense of humor, with a great laugh. He never had anything negative to say about anyone. Family members always got a hug and a kiss, both coming and going.

Scott was predeceased by his parents, brother, and one sister.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Wealthy A. Merrill; his daughter, Wealthyanne V. Merrill; son, Sherwood S. "Scott" Merrill II, and his wife Deborah; Hartley R. Merrill, and his wife Jennifer; and Ellyn B. Merrill; seven grandchildren: James M. Edwards and his wife Melissa, Christopher S. Merrill, Jeremy S. Merrill, Jessica L. Merrill, Joshua H. Merrill, Jeremiah J. Merrill, and Jordyn A. Merrill; three great-grandchildren: Jacob T. Edwards, Adrianna R. "Rosie" Edwards, and Jinavieve M. Merrill; a sister, Eleanor C. Nelson; brother-in-law, William P. Hamilton; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

These are the words his family would use to sum up his life: precious, kind, loving, serving, generous and forgiving.

He will always be remembered and loved by his family and many friends.

Visiting hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Rd, South Portland. Funeral service is 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Stroudwater Baptist Church, 1729 Congress St., Portland.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to
Samaritan's Purse
OR
Gosnell Memorial Hospice House
in Scarborough






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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Oct. 8, 2017
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