Born on May 24, 1937 in Cambridge, MA, Merle was the cherished son of the late Merle C., Sr. and Almina (Silva) Eastman. Merle grew up in Arlington, MA and was a graduate of Arlington High School.
Merle married Marlene Russo on June 8, 1958, together they celebrated 53 wonderful years and raised three great children. Merle and Marlene moved to Wilmington in the early 1960’s and Merle became a call fireman for the Wilmington Fire Department, serving his community for many years.
Prior to retiring, Merle was a machinist and master craftsman for GTE Sylvania Company and owned his own burner service company called Eastman’s Oil Burner Service for over 10 years.
Merle also enjoyed teaching at the Peterson School in Woburn, where he was instrumental in molding young repairmen, by showing them a good work ethic, how to treat customers, and how to properly repair oil burners.
Merle was also an active Mason, belonging to the Good Samaritan Masonic Lodge in Reading, where he continued to give back to his community and do for others.
Merle will be fondly remembered as a “Jack of all trades”, tinkering with carpentry, plumbing, electrical, or any other job, there wasn’t anything that Merle wouldn’t try.
In his spare time, Merle enjoyed boating, traveling with family and friends to Aruba and especially to Naples, Maine, his and Marlene’s favorite spot for over 53 years.
Merle’s greatest joy was his family, he was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather, they were the center of his universe, and they will miss him dearly.
Merle was the beloved husband of 53 years to Marlene (Russo) Eastman, devoted father of Audrey M. Golden and her husband Robert, Merle C. Eastman III and his wife Karen all of Attleboro, and Jeanne M. Johnson and her husband Rich of Derry, NH, loving grandfather of Keith Golden and his wife Susie, Andrew Golden, Courtney Eastman and her fiancé Nikos Anifantis, and Craig Eastman, dear brother of the late Eleanor Mirchev, special uncle of Diane Auger of Manchester, NH and Rod Mirchev of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Merle is further survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, September 11th from 2-6 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 6:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Merle’s name may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston, MA 02215 or the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.