BELFAST — Ervin E. Merry, 95, passed away on Dec. 24, 2022, at Tall Pines. He was born in Belfast on Oct. 14, 1927, to John Sr. and Sadie (Dyer) Merry. He married Faustina L. Thompson of Swanville on April 25, 1951.

Ervin left this old world for a better place with his wife by his side. He is now home with his Lord and Saviour. He loved getting right down on the floor playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ervin was always quite a jokester and loved his sweets — especially Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Moxie. Until his last days, he could be heard praying and singing hymns.

Ervin, also lovingly known as Dad and Papa, had many different jobs throughout his long life. He loved working for himself. In the early years, he raised many thousands of chickens with his dad and bought and sold various goods and antiques until five years ago, when he developed dementia.

Ervin is survived by his wife, Faustina; his children, Judy M. and Gary Arsenault of Plymouth, Jeffrey E. Merry and Shirley of Searsport and Valerie J. and Vernon Nickerson of Frankfort; also his grandchildren, Katie and Mike Lee, Matthew and Ashley Jackson, Brandi and Sadie Nickerson; nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; brothers Earl, John Jr. and Elwood; and sisters Marie Opdahl, Ina Moulton, Mildred Sylvester and Ruthie Robbins.

Private services will be held for the family.  Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at ripostafh.com.

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