A resident of Morrisburg for the past 33 years, Lloyd Merkley passed away suddenly at the Ottawa Civic Hospital on Sun., July 22, 2007. He was 65.
He was born in Morrisburg on April 27, 1942 to his parents Roy and Sarah Merkley (nee Murdock) and attended elementary and high school in Winchester. During his teenage years he worked at Thomas’s grocery store and later for Garnet Reynolds.
After high school he spent a little over a year at Ford Motors in Oakville. From 1961 to 1964 he worked at Philips Cable in Brockville. He began working at Rohm and Haas in 1965 and he was employed there until January 31, 1995, leaving him just two weeks short of 30 years service.
He married Sharon Carkner at the Winchester Baptist Church on Aug. 19, 1967 and together they raised two daughters, Kimberley and Pamela.
Lloyd was a lifetime member of the Morrisburg Royal Canadian Legion Branch 48, and served as president for nine years. In addition, he was involved in setting up Morrisburg’s first Neighbourhood Watch program.
Some of Lloyd’s favourite pastimes included feeding his chipmunk friends while camping at the lake, boating, driving, classic cars, travelling both across North America and to more tropical climates, playing cards, and visiting with his many friends at the local Tim Horton’s. He will be remembered for his love of animals, especially his dog Toby.
Lloyd is survived by his wife Sharon Merkley (nee Carkner), his daughters Kimberley of Morrisburg and Pamela of Victoria, B.C. and his sister Saralyn (Stan) Mabo of Ompah. He was predeceased by his parents Roy and Sarah Merkley (nee Murdock). He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Wed., July 25. A Legion service was held on Wednesday evening. A funeral service was held at the funeral home on Thurs., July 26, with Rev. Janet Evans officiating. Cremation followed.
The pallbearers were Gerry Mabo, Chris Mabo, Rick Vaughan, Walt Wagemans, Bill Barclay, and Bob Barclay. Interment of cremated remains was at Fairview Cemetery in Mariatown.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Diabetes Society would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.