Ernest “Ernie” Merrill

May 29th, 2019

Ernest “Ernie” Merrill, age 65, of Wilmington, passed away on May 28, 2019.

Ernie was the beloved husband of Joanne (Miller). They recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. He was son of the late Rita M and Frederick Clague Sr.

He’s the proud father of 3 children – E.J. and his wife Angela of Wilmington; Christopher and his wife Sharon of Billerica; and Melissa and her husband Christopher Glidden of Chelmsford. He is also the father-in-law of the late Jeffry Heroux.

He is the incredibly proud “Papa” and “Papabear” to his six grandchildren – Alex, Cameron, Alexis, Madelyn, Lucas and Avery.

Ernie was a retired member of the Teamsters Union Local 25. He drove over the road for many years seeing most of the US, worked on the “Big Dig”, and for the last 20 years drove a flatbed for O.B. Hill Trucking and Rigging. He delivered precast concrete and other building materials to numerous sites including the Boston Garden, Fenway Park, the Pru, Children’s Hospital, Dana Farber, and Logan Airport. There weren’t too many projects in Boston that he didn’t have a hand in.

Ernie loved to camp with his family and vacation with his wife in Florida. He loved to golf and loved dogs, especially his German Shepherd Max.

He was a die-hard Patriot’s fan, loved Las Vegas, Foxwood’s and was looking forward to the opening of the Encore casino.

More than anything he loved being “Papa Bear”. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. They were the light of his life.

Ernie will be remembered most for his love for his family. They were his whole world.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Sunday, June 2nd from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations made to the MSPCA at Nevin’s Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.


9 Entries in Guest Book for “Ernest “Ernie” Merrill”

  1. Margaret Plumer Lennerton says:

    So sorry for your lose.
    Remembering our days together at Converse.
    And our Bon Jours in the WHS halls.
    Much love to you and yr family.

  2. Andy and Sandy Rega says:

    Mel & Family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts are broken for you. You are in our prayers and on our minds. Please let us know if you need anything.
    Much love, Sandy and Andy

  3. Rachel Backman Layton,Utah says:


    So very sorry to read about Ernie, My love and prayers to you and your family.

  4. Pam and Larry Sheridan says:

    Mel, we are so sorry for you loss…Just want you to know we are thinking of you and your family……Love Larry and Pam

  5. Kerri says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, he was a great man

  6. Richard and Christine Cole says:

    Whether known as Joannes Best Friend and Husband or as Father, Papa, Uncle or Friend, Ernie was truly a treasure of a man, he will be lifted up just as much as he is missed by the many lives he touched.

    We hope in time the heaviness of everyone’s heart will fade enough to let his memories be as warm and welcoming as the sun shining on your face.

    Wishing all of you peace, comfort and abundant Love during this most difficult time.

    Our Heartfelt Condolences,
    Love, Rich and Chris Cole

  7. Erica Kotyluk says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and love to your family.

  8. Me & Mrs Michael Glidden & Family says:

    So sorry for your loss Melissa. Our thoughts and prayers are with
    you and your Family.

  9. Jennifer Splaine Crane says:

    I am so sorry form you loss.

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