Graham Merkley, a lifetime resident of Chesterville, passed away peacefully at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Sat., Jan.14, 2017, with his family by his side. He was 77.
He was born in Winchester Township on Feb. 26, 1939 to his parents, James Henry and Helen Merkley (nee Taylor).
As a young man, Graham worked on the Seaway, and at the Nestlé plant carrying in milk cans for processing, and made some life long friends while he was there. He then began dairy farming with his brothers, Claire and Barry Merkley, after purchasing a farm in Chesterville. He married Donna McMillan and had three children. Farming was Graham’s way of life, and he truly enjoyed it, although the hours were long some days. He also liked to visit other farms when they hosted an open house to showcase their farm to the community.
In recent years, Graham became the ‘Go For’ on the farm as he explained it. He would go to town and pick items up for the farm, and visit with people in the community during his travels. He enjoyed this social time.
His favourite sport was hockey, and he was a devoted Toronto Maple Leafs fan. Anyone who cheered for another team would be in for a good debate with Graham. His Saturday nights were spent watching a hockey game on his big screen TV.
He liked to frequent the McHaffie Flea Market on Sunday mornings to look for a good deal and socialized with others while he was there. He was a member of Christ Church United in Chesterville.
Over the past seven months, he lived at the Garden Villa in Chesterville, and made several new friends and reconnected with some old ones. He truly enjoyed his time spent there and always commented that the girls took very good care of him.
He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Graham is survived by his daughters, Kim Brown (Marc Dicaire) of Chesterville, Vicki Merkley (Richard Taillefer) of Iroquois, and Corinne Merkley (Chris Kelly) of Chesterville; and his siblings, Ivan of Chesterville, Stella McIntyre of Brockville, Claire of Chesterville, and Barry of Chesterville. He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren, Nolan, Rylie, McKenna, and Kaley. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Chesterville on Tues., Jan. 17 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held at Christ Church United on Wed., Jan. 18 at 11 am with Rev. Debbie Poirier officiating. Spring interment of cremated remains will be at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearers were Nolan Brown, Marc Dicaire, Chris Kelly, Richard Taillefer, John Bradley, and Glendon Shay.
Donations to Christ Church United or Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com