1944 – 2016

WILMINGTON, N.C. —Maurice “Moe” Emile Mercier, 72, of Wilmington, N.C., died Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center.

Moe was born July 28, 1944, in Livermore Falls, and was the son of the late Henry A. and Jennie Judd Mercier. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Gary Mercier, who died in infancy.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Gabrielle “Gabi” Labbe Mercier; two children, daughter Vickie Moore and husband, Brad, of Hillsborough, N.C., and son, Steven Mercier of Wilmington, N.C.; grandchildren, Colin Moore, Amy Moore and Ian Moore; siblings, Richard “Dick” Mercier and wife Barbara of Edgecomb, Robert “Bob” Mercier and wife, Bonnie, of Lady Lake, Fla., Elaine Dolley of Augusta, Bruce Mercier of Wayne; sister-in-law, Jesse Wyman of Fayette; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He grew up in Livermore Falls and attended Livermore Falls High School. He attended Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Mass., and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering and an Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering. After serving his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era, Moe worked for more than 25 years as an engineer with International Paper Company. At IP, he progressed from an engineer at the Androscoggin Mill in Jay, to the manager of Engineering and Maintenance at the IP Research Center in Tuxedo Park, N.Y. After retiring from IP, he worked as a project manager with Ford, Bacon & Davis, Consulting Engineers.

Moe was an avid woodworker, making many items of furniture and cabinetry for himself and others. He loved to build and create and spent many hours improving his beloved vacation home in Maine. He loved golfing, fishing, bow hunting, and, of course, the Boston Red Sox. He could often be found cheering on or cursing at his favorite Red Sox while listening to their games by the fire up to camp in Maine.

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