Don was born in Natick, MA on October 15, 1926; he was the cherished only son of Louis and Rose Mercier. Don was raised and educated in Chelsea, MA and was a graduate of Chelsea High School with the Class of 1944. Following graduation, Don went to work as a truck driver until he decided to join the Navy and serve the Country during WWII.
Don enlisted in the United States Navy on September 4, 1944 and entered into active service on October 17, 1944. Don served aboard the Cargo ship the USS Roxane AKA-37 in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre and was involved in the 1st Occupational Landing in Japan following their surrender during WWII. Don earned several medals and commendations including the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, American Area Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Don was honorably discharged to the U. S. Naval Reserve on June 17, 1946 and returned home to his family.
Following his return home, Don went to work as a Post Office Clerk and married his “beautiful wife” Theresa May Arsenault on June 26, 1949 at the Assumption Church in Chelsea. Don and Theresa moved to Wilmington in Oct 1952 where they bought their first home and started a family. Don was called back to active duty with the Navy and once again had to leave his family behind to serve the Country. Don was assigned to overseas duty and served aboard the USS Macon (CA-132) during the Korean War. On May 9, 1952, Don was again honorably discharged following several years of dedication to the Navy and our Country.
Don returned home to Wilmington and his family and soon became very active in the community. Don and Theresa expanded their family and raised five wonderful children; Carol, Joyce, Bob, Donna, and John. Throughout the years, Don and Theresa had a lot of fun together; they enjoyed their trips to Las Vegas and Atlantic City where they would play the slots just to “try their luck”. Don also enjoyed fishing and camping with his family and their adventures in the row boats on Boston Harbor. Don had many great times with his wife, children, grandchildren and friends over the years.
Don was very “work oriented” and was born to be a “protector”; in 1956 he went to work for the Wilmington Police Department as a Patrolman; taking his job very seriously. Don worked hard also attended night school at Northeastern University in Boston where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Science. On February 20, 1967, Don received a letter from Chief Paul Lynch praising him for his work and suggesting a promotion to Sergeant. Don was promoted to Sergeant on March 1, 1967. He continued to work hard, protect the community and proudly served as a Wilmington Police Sergeant until his retirement in 1991.
Although Don was a “no nonsense” type of guy at work he also had a great sense of humor. AKA “Charley” Don will be fondly remembered as hardworking, loyal, honest, and kind; he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Donald was the beloved husband of the late Theresa May (Arsenault) Mercier, devoted father of Carol Lanni & her husband Mario of Lunenburg, Joyce Holt & her husband Cliff of Orange Park, FL, Robert “Bob” Mercier & his wife Linda of Gloucester, Donna Mercier of Everett and John Mercier & his wife Esperanza of Atkinson, NH, loving “Grampy” of Daniel Lynch, Tony Lanni, Ashley Holt, Corey Holt, Brenda Aziz, Benjamin Mercier, Isabella Mercier and great-granddaughter Brooklynn Lanni, cherished son of the late Louis O. and Rose A. (Beaule) Mercier, dear brother of the late Lillian Baquiere.
Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington (Rte. 62) on Monday, March 20th at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, March 19th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Donald’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472