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Timothy Merchant Sr. (1955-2018)

Timothy Merchant Sr.

WILTON - Timothy Merchant Sr. passed away peacefully on Dec. 11, 2018 at his home, after a long illness.

He was born in Farmington on Jan. 17, 1955, the son of Theron Arthur Merchant and Gwendolyn Maxine (Howard) Merchant. Tim attended Farmington schools and graduated from Mt. Blue High School in 1973. He attended the University of Farmington for one year.

Tim was employed by Forster Manufacturing Co. until 1975. He was then employed by Morton Motor Company and worked as a Parts Manager then Service Manager through several owners, including Hight Chevrolet, until his health forced him to retire in 2008.

Tim married Claudette Beaudoin in Oct. 11, 1975 in Farmington. He enjoyed coaching Little League baseball and Pony League football for many years. Tim was a former member of the Masonic Lodge #20 and the Kora Temple. He was initiated into the Farmington Elks Lodge in 1979. He was honored as Elk of the Year in 2003 and Officer of the Year in 2007. In 2011 he was honored again by the Elks as an Honorary Life Member. As an Elk he worked on the Youth Activities Committee and the House Committee for years. He enjoyed working in the Elks kitchen, serving meals for many of the Elks functions.

Tim enjoyed hunting and ice fishing with his family while his health allowed. In later years he developed a passion for cooking and created a successful catering business. In the past year he was especially proud to have been able to use his carpentry skills to create special keepsake toys for each of his three beloved Grandchildren. He was happiest when he was able to spend time with them.

Tim is survived by his devoted wife of 43 years, Claudette, his Son Timothy and his wife Samantha of Lebanon, Maine, his daughter Stephanie and her husband Jeffrey of Seattle, Washington, three Grandchildren; Ashley and Lauren Merchant of Lebanon, Maine and Luke Couture of Seattle, Washington, Three sisters; Theone (Dodie) Reynolds and her husband, Michael of Farmington, Pamela Peterson and her husband, Dennis of The Villages, Florida, and Darlene Lovejoy and her husband, Harold of Pittsfield, Maine, and by many Nieces and Nephews.

Tim was predeceased by a Nephew, Stephen Burton.

Services, including an Elks service, and internment will be held in the Spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Farmington Elks Youth Activities Program at Farmington Elks Lodge #2430 P.O. Box 526 West Farmington, Maine 04992-0526.

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31 Responses »

  1. So Sorry for the Merchant Family, Tim was a great guy!

  2. Sorry for your loss. I have known Tim since he was a little child. He was truly a unique person.

  3. A good man! My condolences....

  4. An awesome kind man,we grew up together on Franklin Ave. He was a great baseball player in his own right !Tim would give you the shirt off his back to help a friend in need ! RIP big guy!

  5. So sorry for your loss Claudette and family..

  6. My sincere condolences to his family..

  7. Condolences to the Merchant family, Pam, Dodie, and their families.

  8. My sincere condolences to Tim's family. Tim was in my class in school. Such a nice, quiet and gentle guy. I am so sorry.

  9. My deepest sympathy to Tim's family, so sorry for your loss.

  10. Sincere condolences to the Merchant family.

  11. So sorry, Claudette. From one who knows, I know it's been tough. And a very long haul.
    Looks like the Elks kitchen is in need of some chubby guys who love to cook. Malcolm loved
    working with Tim.
    And to your family, thoughts going out to you. Stay strong. Deep breath time.

  12. My very sincere condolences.

  13. My condolences to Tim's family. He was a great guy. He will be sorely missed by his family and extended Elks family. RIP old friend....

  14. So sorry to read this news. Tim was a great guy and will be missed. Thinking of all of his family

  15. So sorry to hear this. I haven't seen Tim for many years ever since he helped me coach the Wilton Giants Little League team. He was a great guy. Condolences to the family.

  16. Claudette and Family and Pam and Kelly, So sorry to hear about your loss. Tim was a good guy and I know he will be missed. Prayers to all of you.

  17. We are so sad that we have lost an amazing family man and kind person. He leaves a void in the hearts and lives of all who knew him. We have great sympathy for Claudette, Stephanie and Tim. Joan and gil

  18. My prayers for the loss of Tim Merchant and pray for the family

  19. I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Tim at Rowe Chevy in 89-90. He was a great guy to work with.

  20. Claudette,
    Sorry for your loss. He will be missed .
    We're so fortunate to have met him during his catering days at the Elks.

  21. Claudette and family, So sorry for your loss... Our sympathy goes out to you all, Helen and Bill Hader

  22. Our thoughts and prayers to the Merchant family.

  23. I am very sorry for your loss Claudette.

  24. Miss you buddy!

  25. Thoughts and Prayers to the Merchant family.

  26. So sorry for your loss, Claudette. Love to you and your family.

  27. Claudette, I am so sorry for your loss.

  28. So sorry to hear of Tim's passing. We were classmates and graduated together. Tim was always a gentle giant of sorts, very sweet and friendly, always a smile and a kind word to say. Prayers for Claudette and his family, may the wonderful memories you hold dear bring a smile to your faces and joy to your hearts.

  29. Claudette, I'm so sorry to hear of Tim's passing. Sending you my sincere condolences.

  30. I have many good memories of Tim coaching baseball. Good coach, better person.

  31. R.I.P. Tim. You will live in our memories forever. Prayers on high for the family.

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