PORTLAND — Erwin L. Merrill Sr., 70, of Route 2, Rumford, a longtime resident of Austin Street in Westbrook, died Monday, Jan. 31, at Maine Medical Center, following a brief illness.

He was born on April 5, 1940, in Dixfield, a son of Claude and Gertrude (Welch) Merrill. Erwin was educated in Mexico schools. He was employed for many years in the construction industry and retired from Coca Cola after 13 years of service.

Erwin was an avid NASCAR racing fan. He enjoyed working in his yard and walking his beloved dog, “Ginger.”

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Anita (Breault) Merrill of Rumford; five children, Erwin L. Merrill Jr. and wife, Carol, of Westbrook, Gary P. Merrill and wife, Pauline, of Westbrook, Glenn L. Merrill of Windham, Jeffrey D. Merrill of Windham and Tina M. Leonard and husband, Shawn, of Howertown, Pa.; nine grandchildren; five sisters, Frances E. Holmquist of Peru, Carolyn J. Collins of Phoenix, Ariz., Lois H. Bellegarde and husband, Conrad, of Mexico, Laura E. Brown of South Portland and Lorraine E. Rickett of South Portland; and four brothers, Cleon E. Merrill and wife, Carolyn, of Peru, Carroll L. Merrill and wife, Denise, of Peru, Elwin L. Merrill and wife, Margaret, of Peru and Paul L. Merrill and wife, Carol, of Roxbury.

He was predeceased by his parents; two sisters, Eleanor G. Leo and Marilyn R. Batchelder; and three brothers, Leon H. Merrill, Melvin L. Merrill and Irving A. Merrill.

You are invited to share your, thoughts, condolences, and fond memories with the Merrill family by visiting their guest book at www.SGThibaultFuneralHome.com.

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