William A. Merrill
Former part-time Park Ranger, National Park Service;
William A. Merrill, 76, a lifelong resident of the City, passed away peacefully Sunday morning March 26, 2017, at the Westford House.
He was the beloved husband of Katherine (Carey) Merrill with whom he recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on November 20th 2016.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts on Nov. 28, 1940, a son of the late Allen J. and Lillian (Seymour) Merrill, he was a communicant of St. Rita Church.
Bill attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1958. He went on to receive his BS and Masters in Education from Salem University. In addition, he received a Certificate of Advanced Education (CAGS) from Boston University in 1971.
He was employed at Lowell High School for 40 years as a history teacher and later a guidance counselor. In the early years of the Lowell National Historic Park he worked seasonally as a tour guide – a job he thoroughly enjoyed.
Bill held membership in several Church, civic and educational organizations. Prior to his illness, he served on the Board of Directors of the Lowell Collegiate Charter School.
Besides wife Katherine, he is survived by his sons Scott and his wife Jennifer (King) Merrill and Jonathan Merrill; his grandchildren Kaileigh, Connor and Rebecca Merrill. He also leaves several cousins and many in-laws from his wife’s family.
The family would like to thank Dr. Pickul and all the staff of Westford House for their caring and support during this difficult time.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M. Tuesday. Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning at ST. RITA CHURCH at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make remembrances in his memory to the Monastery of St. Clare, 555 River Road, Andover, MA 01886 or to St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o St. Rita’s Parish 158 Mammoth Road, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.