Salem — Mr. William Irving Merrill, 59, of Salem, beloved husband of Gloria Ann (Marino) Merrill, died Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Salem Hospital, surrounded by his family, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Middleborough, he was the son of Charles E. and Shirley M. (Irving) Merrill. He was raised and educated in Somerville, and was a graduate of Somerville High School. He continued his education at Ashford University.
An honorably discharged and decorated veteran, William served his country as a member of the United States Navy. He was selected and earned the designation of Navy Seal. One of a select few to reach this designation, William served his country on the front lines securing missions that would help save POWs and secure our country’s freedom. Later in life, he would join the United States Army Reserves and be selected for the Army Rangers, again putting his life on the line for others and protecting the freedom of the American people. He was a great American, making his life’s work defending our ideals and helping others throughout the world.
Mr. Merrill, upon his return, had been employed with the City of Salem in many capacities. He was promoted to the City of Salem Public Works Assistant Directorship, under Mayor Stan Usovicz, for over 10 years. More recently, he had been employed with Hogan Regional Center in Hawthorne, until the time of his retirement from his illness.
A longtime resident of the city of Salem, William was a 32nd degree Mason A.F. & A.M. and member of Essex Lodge of Salem. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at his camp in Casco, Maine. He was an ardent Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan.
William will be remembered for his dedication to his country, his family and for his great sense of humor. His ability to make others laugh and enjoy the moment will be his true hallmark. He will be deeply missed.