John Williams Merkley passed away peacefully at Winchester District Memorial Hospital, on Friday, April 19, 2013. He was 89 years old.
John was born in Matilda Township on June 22, 1923, to Henry Merkley and the former Jesse Shaver.
During his 89 years of life, John worked in the logging industry, helped in the building of the St. Lawrence Seaway, and drove for Caldwell Linen Mill. He also did mechanical work in various garages, some of this while farming near Iroquois.
Between all that he married his beloved wife Pearl Keeler, October 4, 1958, in Smith Falls. After retiring John and Pearl built a new home at Pages Corners near Williamsburg, where they lived for the past 36 years.
During their 48 years of marriage John and Pearl snowmobiled and travelled across Canada, and vacationed in Jamaica which became his favorite pastimes. John also enjoyed reading, solving puzzles and playing solitaire.
John is survived by his sister Allie McKee of Iroquois and his sister-in-law Ann and her husband John Hamiaux of RR1 Morrisburg.
John will be fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and many friends
John was predeceased by his wife of 48 years Pearl, his parents Henry and Jesse and his sisters Mary Pritchard, Jean LaVallee and Lois Champagne.
Friends called at the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral service was conducted at the funeral home on Monday, April 22, 2013, by Rev Janet Evans. Spring interment will be at Spruce Haven Cemetery in Brinston.
Pallbearers were John Hamiaux, Jeff Hammiaux, Francis Lapier, Mitchell Lapier, Dennis McKee, Devin Swank, Scott Keeler and Adam Hill.
Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com. Donations to the Winchester Hospital or the Ontario Heart & stroke Foundation were gratefully acknowledged by the family.