Irvin W. Merrithew, 70
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SCARBOROUGH -- Irvin W. Merrithew, 70, of Old Orchard Beach, died on Friday, July 25, 2014, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, leaving his wife of 25 years, Geraldine (Tracy) Merrithew.
He was born in Farmingdale to the late Fred Merrithew and Henrietta 'Lois' (Morrell) Merrithew.
Irvin drove construction vehicles for Shaw Brothers of Gorham for 13 years until he retired. He was also a life member of the local 7997 VFW Post. He was the commander for the last two years of the local Old Orchard Beach American Legion, where he helped raise money for many local charities including the fire and police departments. He was the current Bingo officer, and will be greatly missed.
He enjoyed fishing and camping with his children in his youth. His most recent passion was making silver jewelry with turquoise stones. He received immense enjoyment from taking any stone and polishing it until it was an amazing jewel. He also served six years and two tours in Vietnam as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, and was awarded the Medal of Good Conduct.
Besides his wife, Irvin is survived by his children, Timothy Merrithew, William Merrithew, Diane (Merrithew) Goldman and Greg Merrithew, all residing in the Augusta area. He also leaves his step-children, Michael Tousignant and his wife Aimee, Robert Tousignant, Diane Tousignant, and Jeffery Tousignant and his wife Heather, of Old Orchard Beach, as well as Judy Tousignant of Hebron. He also leaves six wonderful grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three sisters, Lucy Pirini and Glenda Tarr of Portsmouth, N.H., and Lois Labbe of Pittsfield; and of course his loving dog, Lady.
There will be a memorial service at a later date at the Veterans' Cemetery in Augusta. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Irvin's guest book and leave condolences for the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Irvin's name can be made to:
Gosnell Memorial Hospice House
11 Hunnewell Rd.
Scarborough, Maine 04074
Irvin W. Merrithew
Advantage Funeral and Cremation Services
999 Forest Avenue, Suite 1
Portland, ME 04103
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from July 30 to Aug. 3, 2014